, Volume 51, Issue 1, pp 1-3
Date: 21 Jan 2006

Introducing the ‘New’ Microbial Ecology

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Microbial ecology as a discipline has been going through major transformations in these first years of the 21st century, so it is only logical that the journal Microbial Ecology must also undergo major changes to meet changing needs and research demands. This brief editorial seeks to describe how Microbial Ecology is being revamped to address the practical and scientific challenges of the rapid progress in microbial ecology. Here we will stress the following points that we see as critical to a forward-thinking overhaul of Microbial Ecology to make it a prime resource for the global community of microbial ecologists:

  1. Changes in the focus of the journal to stress major topics in microbial ecology and novel and integrated approaches of study.

  2. Editorial and editorial board changes to fit this demand for cutting edge perspectives and expertise.

  3. Journal layout changes that provide more diverse, flexible and influential formats for publication of novel scientific research, as well as revi ...