In an effort to keep expanding the scope of research covered by Molecular and Cellular Proteomics and ensure that the journal continues to receive the highest quality manuscripts at the forefront of proteomics, the editors of MCP have added a new manuscript type – Technological Innovation and Resources. This category encompasses original research papers on technological developments from instrumentation to computational algorithms as well as datasets that constitute a valuable new resource to other researchers.
An editorial highlighting the new addition appeared in the November 2010 issue of the journal and explains the importance of the new manuscript type in the context of MCP’s overall mission. As the editorial states, “the importance of technological advances and software development have never been stronger and the growth in public databases and the ability to interrogate information placed in them suggests … [the new category] … is indeed timely.”
Now, when authors submit a manuscript to the journal, they have two options for their original research: Research Paper or Technological Innovation and Resources. Details about the new category can be found on MCP’s website.
The new category nicely complements the recent changes in the journal’s requirements for data deposition. Recognizing the fundamental importance of data access and transparency in data analysis for the advancement of the field, a requirement for the deposition of raw data from large-scale mass spectrometric analyses whose principal findings were reported in MCP was instituted this past May. The raw data must be deposited in a publicly available database so other researchers can access it, and identifying information to retrieve the data has to be included in the article itself.
The overarching goal of these changes, both the raw data deposition policy and the new manuscript type, is to maintain the journal’s position as a responsive and dynamic leader in the field of proteomics and to continue providing a venue for reporting top-tier proteomics research across a broad range of research areas.