The ISME Journal
News from the EiC - 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.

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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!


ISME Communications
News from the EiC - February 2022

ISME Communications was launched in March 2021 and is a fully open-access partner to The ISME Journal.

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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.