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International Society for Biocuration names DATABASE: The Journal of Biological Databases and Curation its official journal

22 November 2013

DATABASE: The Journal of Biological Databases and Curation, a leading scholarly journal in the field of computational and mathematical biology, has entered into a formal partnership with the International Society for Biocuration (ISB), becoming its official journal from today.

The partnership marks the formalization of a longstanding relationship between the journal, publisher, and society, and will enable all parties to better accomplish their mission of furthering research and education in the growing field of biocuration. DATABASE’s position as official journal of ISB will offer it greater visibility among members of the research community, providing ISB members with a peer-reviewed publication for their research, while assisting the society with the promotion of biocuration as a field.

David Landsman, Editor-in-Chief of DATABASE, believes the partnership will be mutually beneficial for the society and journal: “It became apparent to DATABASE and ISB that our combined efforts would complement each other very well, thus the acceptance of DATABASE as an official journal of the society. The editors at DATABASE look forward to a fruitful collaboration to elevate the interest and enthusiasm to sustain a growing need for professionals in the biocuration field.”

DATABASE was created in 2009 to capture a space in the open access publication arena addressing the needs of scientists designing and implementing databases. Soon after its establishment, the journal’s editorial staff became aware of a need to explicitly expand its focus to attract the publication of manuscripts that encompassed the data and its curation. At about the same, ISB was established to promote the profession of biocuration within the scientific community. Since then, the two organizations have worked cooperatively to publish three consecutive years of ISB conference papers in an open access, online Biocuration Virtual Issue: http://oxford.ly/biocuration_issue.

“I am delighted that DATABASE has become the official journal of the International Society for Biocuration,”says Alex Bateman, Chair of ISB. “The journal and its publisher (OUP) have been tremendous supporters of biocuration. DATABASE is the go-to journal in the field for biocuration, and so I am very pleased that it is now the official journal of the society.”

For further information, please contact:
Jennifer Boyd, Publisher, Oxford Journals
jennifer.boyd@oup.com | 01865 353219