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Database: The Journal of Biological Databases and Curation

I recently had a chat with one of the editors of the journal Database, an open access journal whose aim for publications lines up very nicely with the goals of GMOD. During this discussion, the idea of a GMOD virtual issue came up, and it is one that I am very excited about. Therefore, I'm reaching out to you (the GMOD community) for ideas as well as commitments to write peer reviewed articles for this publication. Articles can be about theory, tutorial or community. I expect we'll have papers covering many components and for some components we will have multiple papers with different emphases (for example, Chado theory, Chado tutorial, and Chado community papers). Please contact me if you'd like to discuss this further.

The virtual issue approach that Database takes is very appealing, in that the submitted papers do not need to be in by a certain cutoff date, as this is not going to put into a "dead tree" form :-) So, the virtual issue can be created at any point, either when there is just one paper, or when there is a critical mass (which we would have control over), and more papers can be added to it at any time. An example of a Database virtual issue is the one they created for the Biocurator meeting last year.

I look forward to your ideas and commitments!

Scott Cain
GMOD Project Coordinator

Posted to the GMOD News on 2010/12/01