- We are extremely excited to announce on behalf of the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology (ASBMB) that the Journal of Biological Chemistry (JBC), Molecular & Cellular Proteomics (MCP), and the Journal of Lipid Research (JLR) will be published as fully open-access journals beginning in January 2021. This is a landmark decision that will have huge impact for readers and authors. As many of you know, many researchers have called for journals to become open access to facilitate scientific progress, and many funding agencies across the globe are either already requiring or considering a requirement that all scientific publications based on research they support be published in open access journals.
- Science relies on data acquisition via well-described, rigorous, reproducible procedures; statistically defensible interpretation of these data; and transparent reporting of the interpretations and conclusions reached based on these data. Each of these steps must be communicated to the broader scientific community in such a way that others can critically evaluate the studies, draw conclusions based on the reported findings, design subsequent experiments, and replicate and extend those observations.
- In our continuing effort to simplify the submission process and ease the burden on authors, effective April 1, 2020, the editors will no longer require authors to provide the appropriate checklists when submitting a new manuscript. However, authors will be required to satisfy compliance with the journal guidelines before acceptance of the reviewed, revised final manuscript. This will be achieved by the author working in concert with the manuscript integrity editor's assistance during the manuscript revision stage.
- The mission of Molecular and Cellular Proteomics since its creation in 2002 has been to “foster the development and applications of proteomics in both basic and translational research.” Our mission statement mandates that Research Articles “report significant new biological or clinical discoveries underpinned by proteomic observations across all kingdoms of life” and that “manuscripts must define the biological roles played by the proteins investigated or their mechanisms of action.” This governing principle still forms the basis of a Research Article's acceptance in the journal.
- The world of scientific publishing has been invigorated and challenged by a variety of new proposals and initiatives over the past few years. With each new model for the publishing process, there have been opportunities to reimagine the future of research articles and journals. However, without a deadline for when the future begins, systematic change has been slow in coming.
- With this issue, a long-standing member of our Editorial Board, Natalie Ahn, becomes President of our Society. Also with this issue, I am delighted to announce a number of editorial changes designed to expand and broaden our scientific leadership. Although a revised Mission Statement follows, our core mission has not changed. MCP will continue to serve the proteomics community with original contributions that enhance our knowledge in the general areas of protein biology of living systems and the biomedical sciences.
- As of January 1, 2013, the paper entitled “Electrophoretic Transfer of Proteins from Polyacrylamide Gels to Nitrocellulose Sheets: Procedure and Some Applications,” by Towbin and colleagues (1), had been cited 52,488 times (ISI Web of Knowledge v5.8), placing it among the elite group of papers that have truly transformed life science research. For more than 30 years, the nitrocellulose-based Western blotting technique introduced by this paper has been a principal method for the detection of specific proteins in complex biological samples.
- The end of 2008 marks the completion of the first seven years in the life of Molecular & Cellular Proteomics, which began publication in 2002. Although it has a way to go to reach the plateaus of its stable mates (the Journal of Biological Chemistry began its second century in 2005, and the Journal of Lipid Research celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, to which the editors and staff of MCP offer their heartiest congratulations), it has enjoyed some considerable measure of success in its own right.
- With this issue, we initiate a new phase of the association of MCP with the Human Proteome Organisation (HUPO), a relationship that extends back to the inception of both ventures. Since the now historic first congress in Versailles in November 2002, MCP has been privileged to publish the abstracts/program of every HUPO congress. This was an important decision for a young journal but one that was in keeping with the principles enunciated at the time the journal was founded, to wit, that it meant to strive not only to record the progress of proteomics, as it evolved as a science, but also to support the development of this relatively new field through appropriate ancillary activities.