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PLOS Computational Biology’s 10th Anniversary

This post marks a very important date for PLOS Computational Biology and highlights how we are celebrating.

Ten years ago, on June 24th 2005, the inaugural issue of PLOS Computational Biology was published, making this our 10th anniversary!

To mark this momentous occasion, the journal is launching a special anniversary collection. The collection showcases some of the best of PLOS Computational Biology – high-quality research articles; the feature series, “Ten Simple Rules”; and an editorial by Founding Editor-in-Chief Philip E. Bourne and Founding Editors Steven E. Brenner and Michael B. Eisen, – Ten Years of PLOS Computational Biology: A Decade of Appreciation and Innovation – in which they reflect on the journal’s evolution and offer a few thoughts for the next ten years.

The first Issue Image.  Image credit:Image Credit: Drawn by Barker and Pagel using BioLayout software.
The first Issue Image. Image Credit: Drawn by Barker and Pagel using BioLayout software.

The collection also contains a PLOS Computational Biology “Taster”; here readers can sample a flavour of PLOS Computational Biology and the kinds of articles we publish. Covering Software, Education, About My Lab, Topic Pages and a Focus Feature, we’re sure you’ll find something to pique your interest.

Our tenth anniversary is the perfect time to reflect on the journal’s progress. The collaboration with ISCB – and the participation of its membership – has been critical to the success of the journal. In the collection, you can read the newly published Message from ISCB which describes the growth of computational biology as a discipline, reaching into every facet of scientific research from the viewpoints of experts in the field – Philip Bourne, Win Hide, Janet Kelso, Scott Markel, Ruth Nussinov and Janet Thornton.

PLOS Computational Biology is, by definition and at its heart, a community journal. The Editorial Board of academics, who are active members of the communities we serve, keeps PLOS Computational Biology at the cutting edge of research. The journal’s success is due in no small part to the rigour and quality of our editorial board, guest editors and reviewers. It was our pleasure to publicly thank our reviewers this year for their contribution, but we would also like to take this opportunity to thank everybody who submits, reads, and edits the articles we publish. Together, we have developed a journal that is by the community and for the community.

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Winning design of the 10th Anniversary T-shirt Competition. Image credit: Kifayathullah Liakath-Ali

The collection is joined in our celebrations by our PLOS Computational Biology 10th Anniversary T-shirt competition, through which the favourite T-shirt design of the past ten years was voted for by our readership. The T-shirts will be first available at ISMB in Dublin on July 11th-14th, so be sure to visit PLOS at Booth 1, say happy birthday and pick up a T-shirt from PLOS staff. You can keep up to date with all these celebrations and more @PLOSCompBiol via our anniversary hashtag #PLOSCB10.

As we close out this special year, we’ll be adding more 10th anniversary content, so watch this space…

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