Five years on: FEBS Open Bio celebrates its launch anniversary
FEBS Open Bio is celebrating the 5th anniversary of its launch in late 2011. FEBS Open Bio was the first journal owned by FEBS to be completely open access and its launch was a new departure for the federation, which also owns successful subscription journals. Five years on, and FEBS Open Bio is flourishing. Now accepted for indexing in Web of Science and with an Impact Factor of 2.101 for 2015, it has recently accepted its 500th paper.
As part of the celebrations, the journal has put together four Virtual Issues, showcasing content from the five years of publication. Some of these have been highly cited, others have only been published in the past 12 months but have been highly downloaded.
The Virtual Issue on Cancer biology contains the journal’s most cited paper, by Takahashi et al., which provides mechanistic insights into acquired chemoresistance in hepatocellular carcinoma, in particular the role of noncoding RNAs in extracellular vesicles. The Plant biology Virtual Issue contains three of the four papers published in 2011, all of which have accrued six or more citations to date. Also in this issue is the second most highly cited paper, by Jensen et al. (2013), which reports a proteomics approach to find gene targets of the ATAF1 transcription factor in Arabidopsis thaliana. Two further Virtual Issues feature articles on Microbiology and Computational & systems biology.
The Editors of FEBS Open Bio hope you will enjoy reading these Virtual Issues and look forward to receiving many more submissions in the coming years.