September 2011

New at JBC: 'Capsules' and editorial board site

‘Capsules’ will help authors tell their scientific stories 

Capsule example


Background:
The hairpin ribozyme is a prototype of RNA enzymes that mediate catalysis without divalent cation cofactors.


Results:
Self-cleavage activity decreases as the fraction of the protonated form of an active site adenosine increases.


Conclusion:
The neutral, unprotonated form of adenosine interacts with the nucleophilic- or leaving-group oxygen to facilitate catalysis.


Significance:
Learning how RNA functional groups participate in catalysis is crucial for understanding RNA-mediated processes in biology.

Last month, the Journal of Biological Chemistry rolled out a new feature aimed at providing readers with succinct snapshots of the latest papers being published and explanations of how those papers significantly advance our understanding of biological processes. Each regular paper now will be accompanied by a “Capsule,” a very brief, four-part synopsis written by manuscript authors and vetted by JBC reviewing editors and associate editors. Each “Capsule” will explain the background, results, conclusion and significance of the paper. To find out more about JBC “Capsules,” read Editor-in-Chief Marty Fedor’s editorial on the journal homepage.

New editorial board website connects authors, editors 

The JBC launched last month a new editorial board website that highlights the board’s breadth of expertise and its newly formed affinity groups. The affinity groups reflect different areas of biological chemistry based on the journal’s table-of-contents sections. Organizing board membership and journal content according to affinity groups is meant to help authors and readers focus on areas of particular interest within the broader field of biological chemistry. The goal of the new editorial site is to make it easier for authors to determine which board members are most suitable for handling their manuscripts before beginning the submission process. To this end, the new website enables searches by name, institution and keyword.


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