October 2010

JBC Editor-in-Chief Calls for New Leadership Search

Herbert Tabor, editor-in-chief of the Journal of Biological Chemistry since 1971, has initiated a search for a new editor.


JBCThe longtime editor-in-chief of the Journal of Biological Chemistry has asked that a search begin for a new leader to take the reins of the journal in 2011.

Herbert Tabor, a distinguished researcher at the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases in Bethesda, Md., and who has led the journal since 1971, said he will assume the role of emeritus editor when his successor is ready to take over. He notified the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology leadership of his decision in late August.

“As you can understand, I made this decision reluctantly, as I am still fully active all day at the lab and working for the journal in the evening,” Tabor told the members of the JBC editorial board. “Still, I feel that this change is necessary for the good of the journal, and I want to ensure we have a smooth leadership transition.”

While at the helm of the JBC, Tabor has witnessed a revolution in scientific publishing, and, in many ways, it was his journal that forged it. In 1995, for instance, the JBC was the first journal of its kind to begin publishing online. Today, it remains one of the most-highly cited scientific journals in the world.

“I cannot imagine a more devoted editor for any journal than Dr. Tabor; his shoes will be impossible to fill. Words cannot adequately express our gratitude to Dr. Tabor for his more than 40 years of leadership, thoughtful oversight and vision,” said Suzanne Pfeffer, president of ASBMB and faculty member at Stanford University School of Medicine.

Pfeffer said a search committee has been formed, and nominations of candidates will be accepted through Nov. 1. The committee includes two former society presidents and several JBC associate editors.

“We will do our best to identify a suitable successor,” Pfeffer said. “We have already received the names of several highly qualified candidates and welcome nominations from all ASBMB members.”

The new editor’s term will begin Jan.1, and he/she will be co-editor with Tabor for the first year.

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