Issue No. 01 - January-March (2007 vol. 4)
It is a pleasure to write this Editor's Note at the beginning of the fourth year of the publication of the IEEE/ACM Transactions on Computational Biology and Bioinformatics. The last year saw the publication of 36 articles in 448 pages, which was an increase of 4.4 percent over the first year of publication. The number of submissions grew to 221, but our time to first decision actually declined a bit to 85 days, although, as the journal has grown, the average time from submission to publication has increased to 14 months. This growth, and our ability to handle it, is the result of tremendous cooperation and hard work on the part of authors, reviewers, associate editors, and staff. I thank every one of you for making that pos-sible.
As has occurred in each of the first three years, we expect that our fourth year will see an increase in the number of pa-pers submitted and published. I am also very happy to report that our application to be indexed in the selective MEDLINE index has been approved and that will increase our visibility in the biology community.
In addition to our regular papers, in 2006 we published a special issue containing expanded journal versions of the best papers from the WABI 2005 conference. I want to thank guest editor Rita Casadio for the hard work she did in making that such a successful issue. We are currently working on a special issue on Computational Intelligence in Bioinformatics and a partial issue on expanded journal versions of the best papers from the 2006 IWBRA conference.
As the journal evolves, some of the inaugural members of the editorial board retired during the last year and new members have been added. Please see the appreciation and welcome note for details.
Again, I want to thank all the authors, reviewers, associate editors, special editors, and staff who have worked so hard to establish TCBB. The papers that we published have established TCBB as a venue for the highest quality research in a broad range of topics in computational biology and bioinformatics, and I look forward to continued growth and success of TCBB in our fourth year of publication.
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