[Oa-italia] BioMed Central lancia una nuova rivista ad accesso aperto BMC System Biology

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Press release: BioMed Central launches BMC Systems Biology, a new open 
access journal 

BioMed Central, the leading open access publisher, today announced the 
launch of BMC Systems Biology, the first open access journal focussed solely 
on the entire emerging subject of
systems biology. A peer-reviewed online journal, BMC Systems Biology has 
just published its first articles online at  

BMC Systems Biology publishes research articles describing systems-level 
analysis of biological events, whether experimental or theoretical, at the 
level of molecules, cells or organisms. 

BMC Systems Biology is a new journal in the highly successful BMC-series 
from BioMed Central, the publisher of journals such as BMC Bioinformatics 
and Genome Biology. Like the other journals in the series, BMC Systems 
Biology publishes peer-reviewed research, software, database and methodology 
articles, all of which are immediately available without charge to any 
reader with Internet access. BMC Systems Biology encourages use of the 
Systems Biology Markup Language (SBML) and, like all of the BMC-series, 
makes XML of all published articles freely available to download for data 
and text-mining. 

Dr Theodora Bloom, BioMed Central's Editorial Director for Biology, said of 
the journal launch, "BioMed Central has a strongtrack record in this area - 
Genome Biology and BMC Bioinformatics
are amongst the best journals in their fields. This reputation makes BioMed 
Central well-placed to launch BMC Systems Biology, and we have already seen 
a very positive response from the
research community." 

The post-genomic discipline of 'systems biology' is fast growing,with an 
exponential increase in PubMed abstracts including the term systems biology. 
The approach taken by systems biologists is qualitatively different to the 
reductive approach traditional in many fields, and often involves 
collaboration between biologists, physicists and mathematicians. Reflecting 
the breadth of this new discipline, BMC Systems Biology aims to publish work 
ranging in focus from the analysis of metabolic networks, through neuronal 
networks and physiology, all the way up to analyses of

Chris Sander, Program Chair and Director of the Computational Biology Center 
at Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, New York, has agreed to serve on 
BMC Systems Biology's editorial
board. Dr Sander comments, "Systems biology research is beginning to make 
significant contributions in linking complete genomic information and highly 
quantitative molecular data to the physiological consequences that emerge 
from the kinetics and dynamics of complex cellular systems. The new journal 
will be and open-access bridge between active researchers in this exciting 
new field of research and the broad scientific community." 

BMC Systems Biology's editorial board also includes Laurence Hurst, 
Professor of Evolutionary Genetics at the University of Bath, UK. Professor 
Hurst welcomes the launch of BMC Systems
Biology, "In systems biology the devil is in the detail and the details are, 
to say the least, numerous. An open access outlet both with unlimited space, 
be it in the paper or in the vital
supplementary information, and a requirement to provide the necessary 
detail, is greatly to be welcomed and BMC Systems Biology is an important 
boost for the field." Fellow Editorial
Board member Professor Nikolaus Rajewsky, Head of the Division of Systems 
Biology at the Max Delbruck Center for Molecular Medicine in Berlin 
comments, "Systems biology is developing and expanding at a rapid pace. It 
also becomes more and more apparent to many biologists that a more profound 
understanding of biological function can oftentimes only be achieved by 
integrating disparate datasets in a systems-wide approach." 

Rajewsky continues, "The BMC journals have already proven to be very 
attractive to many scientists and readers. These journals provide open 
access, do not restrict manuscript length, and do not insist on publishing 
only "major" findings, i.e. they do not force scientists to strive for 
"sensations". Especially in a new field, such as systems biology, it is 
necessary to work on solid
methodology development. Therefore, BMC Systems Biology seems especially 
suited to become an important and high impact journal." 

BMC Systems Biology is edited by an in-house team and supported by an 
international editorial board. The editorial board is still being recruited, 
the following people have already agreed to
serve: Harmen J Bussemaker (USA), James J Collins (USA), Stephen W Davies 
(Canada), Michael Elowitz (USA), James E Ferrell Jr. (USA), Laurence D Hurst 
(UK), Douglas Lauffenburger (USA),
Nicolas Le Nov=E8re (UK), Nikolaus Rajewsky (Germany), Frederick P Roth 
(USA), Chris Sander (USA), Pamela Silver (USA), MichaelTyers (Canada), 
Rebecca Ward (USA). 

BMC Systems Biology (ISSN 1752-0509) is indexed/tracked/covered
by PubMed, BIOSIS, CAS, Scopus, EMBASE and Google Scholar. 

Further Information 

Contact Grace Baynes (press a biomedcentral.com or +44 20 7631=20

About BioMed Central 

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Grace Baynes
Head of Marketing & Public Relations
BioMed Central
Middlesex House

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