The ISME Journal
News from the EiC - December 2022
It's been a productive year for The ISME Journal, handling 1,431 submissions and publishing 158 articles. Our journal metrics remain high, with a 2021 impact factor of 11.2. The Editors in Chief (EiCs) and Senior Editors kept time to decision on manuscripts without review to 3 days, and time to decision with review to 43 days, which reflects well on the journal and its hard-working editorial team. EiCs Jillian Petersen and Lisa Stein met with the Senior Editors and Editorial Board members at ISME 18 in Lausanne Switzerland to discuss progress with the journal and plans for the coming year. One outcome of this meeting will be upcoming special collections issues containing fresh editorial and perspective content in 2023 – stay tuned. In addition, we are making a push for reviews (i.e., both regular reviews and Winogradsky reviews) and perspectives, thus we encourage our ISME community to support our society journals as top destinations for data publications and those highly citable literature reviews. We are also thankful for ISME membership assistance with selecting our beautiful new cover image for 2023, by Dr. Mette Svenning, featuring cells of Arctic methanotrophic bacteria!
▼ News from February 2022
We, the Editors in Chief of The ISME Journal, are pleased to look back and see that our journal stats for the past year look very strong. We are heading in the right direction and are providing rapid decisions based on high quality manuscript evaluations.
Our incoming submissions remain high and the papers we publish are performing well in terms of attracting citations, news articles, and social media mentions. With a spectacular new cover image for 2022, and recently refreshed Senior Editor and Editorial Board Member teams, we are well positioned to improve even further in the coming year.
At the end of last year, Kazuya Wantanabe stepped down as Editor in Chief after seven years of stellar service to The ISME Journal. We extend our heartfelt thanks for his dedication to our journal and help with maintaining our high standards. Thank you Kaz - you will be missed.
We are also excited to announce that Jillian Petersen, Associate Professor in the Division of Microbial Ecology at the University of Vienna, is our incoming co-Editor in Chief. Jill is highly active with ISME as a member of the International Board and founder of the Early Career Scientist Committee. She is fascinated by the rapid evolution of scientific publishing practices and is convinced that society journals (such as ours) have an important role to play in shaping the future of scientific communication. Welcome to the team, Jill!
News from the EiC - December 2022
The ISME Communications editorial team, including three Editors-in-Chief, nine Senior Editors and an international Editorial Board handled a steady stream of submissions in 2022 from authors around the world, covering a wide range of research areas encompassing hypothesis-driven studies as well as reports of methodological and computational advances in microbial ecology. In 2022 the first four invited mini-reviews on current topics and future perspectives in microbial ecology were published.
▼News from February 2022
ISME Communications was launched in March 2021 and is a fully open-access partner to The ISME Journal. As of the beginning of 2022, seventy-four papers have been published. The editorial team, including three Editors-in-Chief, nine Senior Editors and an international Editorial Board has handled a steady stream of submissions from authors around the world, covering a wide range of research areas encompassing hypothesis-driven studies as well as reports of methodological and computational advances in microbial ecology. In the coming year, the ISME Communications team will continue on this exciting path and also looks forward to publishing a series of mini-reviews on current topics and future perspectives in microbial ecology.