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Bioscience Horizons Editorial: Celebrating 10 years

Bioscience Horizons Editorial: Celebrating 10 years BioscienceHorizons Volume 10 2017 10.1093/biohorizons/hzx006 ............................................................................................ ..................................................................... Editorial Bioscience Horizons began life in 2006 when a group of aca- absolutely on their skill and patience and we are extremely demic staff from universities in the UK and Ireland (Leeds, grateful to them. Authors tell us that they appreciate the Nottingham, Reading, Chester, UC Dublin) identified a detailed consideration of their work, value constructive criti- shared desire to bring to public view the remarkable and cism and relish the opportunity of making improvements for important research being done by undergraduate students. publication. Our colleague at Oxford University Press, Jonathan Crowe, In 2010, we separated the Journal’s Editorial and Management generously encouraged the venture by offering professional Boards and subsequently expanded the consortium to include the publishing services as part of his company’s mission to engage Universities of Birmingham and Bath. In line with publishing directly with students. A consortium was formed and, follow- trends, we moved to online only and abandoned volume parts in ing submissions in 2006–2007, Volume 1 Number 1 favour of continuous production. In 2015, access was widened to appeared in 2008. embrace research by taught masters students, and we have been The Consortium had two aims: to publish high-quality stu- delighted to publish papers from several overseas authors. OUP dent research and to enable student authors to experience the generously includes BH in its stable of professional journals and process of academic publication. We were adamant that sub- keeps us abreast of developments in the fast moving world of aca- mitted manuscripts should undergo expert review, as with demic publishing. Our social media editor, who is a recent author, other academic journals, and that students themselves should keeps the latest research in prominent view, humanizing both the take responsibility for their work and shepherd it into print. content and its authorship. Published papers would thus make a full contribution to the Several papers and reviews published over the decade have academic literature and student authors would experience the attracted rates of citation which many academics would envy, disciplines of professional publication. while the number of pdf and HTML downloads across the This uncompromising approach made BH distinct from content is impressively high. These statistics, coupled with other student research journals but brought its own chal- recent acceptance for listing in the Open Access Index, demon- lenges. We were initially unsure of how many submissions we strate the intrinsic value of the work we publish and show that might receive and how student authors would react to intense we are a mainstream scientific journal. Frequent feedback from scrutiny of their work. Student research is mostly carried out authors tells us, not only that they valued the experience of in final year or Masters projects, so potential authors would publishing with us but how it made a real difference to their probably have left university. They would also have to adapt career prospects. Each January, I have the pleasant task of their work from traditional thesis formats into a research reading all the past year’s papers and deciding, with some con- paper or review. Nevertheless, we hoped that the chance of siderable difficulty, which should receive the Chair’sprizes. adding a citeable reference to the CV would be a strong incen- As bioscientists, we understand the need to evolve to sur- tive, especially but not only for those seeking academic or vive, especially when occupying an unusual niche. BH enters research careers. its second decade with an established place in the academic The first Editor-in-Chief, Celia Knight, set high standards journal landscape, a reputation for excellence and strong rec- which her successors, Neil Morris and Momna Hejmadi, ognition amongst staff and students for the way it links have maintained, ably supported by the Editorial Office and research, education and career development. As I step down as colleagues at OUP. The journal has subsequently settled to Chair of the Board of Management, I offer my sincere thanks publishing 10–20 papers a year with acceptance rates of to everyone involved with BH over the past exciting decade. I 60%–70%. Our list reveals that some 256 students from 34 know that the Journal and its authors will continue to flourish. universities have submitted their work for consideration. Martin Luck Reviewers, who are experts in their academic fields, are Professor of Physiological Education, asked to assess manuscripts as rigorously as they would for University of Nottingham other journals, save that the quantity of work may be less (it very often isn’t!). The eventual quality of papers depends Email: martin.luck@nottingham.ac.uk ............................................................................................... .................................................................. © The Author 2017. Published by Oxford University Press. 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Bioscience Horizons Editorial: Celebrating 10 years

Bioscience Horizons , Volume 10 – Jul 10, 2017

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BioscienceHorizons Volume 10 2017 10.1093/biohorizons/hzx006 ............................................................................................ ..................................................................... Editorial Bioscience Horizons began life in 2006 when a group of aca- absolutely on their skill and patience and we are extremely demic staff from universities in the UK and Ireland (Leeds, grateful to them. Authors tell us that they appreciate the Nottingham, Reading, Chester, UC Dublin) identified a detailed consideration of their work, value constructive criti- shared desire to bring to public view the remarkable and cism and relish the opportunity of making improvements for important research being done by undergraduate students. publication. Our colleague at Oxford University Press, Jonathan Crowe, In 2010, we separated the Journal’s Editorial and Management generously encouraged the venture by offering professional Boards and subsequently expanded the consortium to include the publishing services as part of his company’s mission to engage Universities of Birmingham and Bath. In line with publishing directly with students. A consortium was formed and, follow- trends, we moved to online only and abandoned volume parts in ing submissions in 2006–2007, Volume 1 Number 1 favour of continuous production. In 2015, access was widened to appeared in 2008. embrace research by taught masters students, and we have been The Consortium had two aims: to publish high-quality stu- delighted to publish papers from several overseas authors. OUP dent research and to enable student authors to experience the generously includes BH in its stable of professional journals and process of academic publication. We were adamant that sub- keeps us abreast of developments in the fast moving world of aca- mitted manuscripts should undergo expert review, as with demic publishing. Our social media editor, who is a recent author, other academic journals, and that students themselves should keeps the latest research in prominent view, humanizing both the take responsibility for their work and shepherd it into print. content and its authorship. Published papers would thus make a full contribution to the Several papers and reviews published over the decade have academic literature and student authors would experience the attracted rates of citation which many academics would envy, disciplines of professional publication. while the number of pdf and HTML downloads across the This uncompromising approach made BH distinct from content is impressively high. These statistics, coupled with other student research journals but brought its own chal- recent acceptance for listing in the Open Access Index, demon- lenges. We were initially unsure of how many submissions we strate the intrinsic value of the work we publish and show that might receive and how student authors would react to intense we are a mainstream scientific journal. Frequent feedback from scrutiny of their work. Student research is mostly carried out authors tells us, not only that they valued the experience of in final year or Masters projects, so potential authors would publishing with us but how it made a real difference to their probably have left university. They would also have to adapt career prospects. Each January, I have the pleasant task of their work from traditional thesis formats into a research reading all the past year’s papers and deciding, with some con- paper or review. Nevertheless, we hoped that the chance of siderable difficulty, which should receive the Chair’sprizes. adding a citeable reference to the CV would be a strong incen- As bioscientists, we understand the need to evolve to sur- tive, especially but not only for those seeking academic or vive, especially when occupying an unusual niche. BH enters research careers. its second decade with an established place in the academic The first Editor-in-Chief, Celia Knight, set high standards journal landscape, a reputation for excellence and strong rec- which her successors, Neil Morris and Momna Hejmadi, ognition amongst staff and students for the way it links have maintained, ably supported by the Editorial Office and research, education and career development. As I step down as colleagues at OUP. The journal has subsequently settled to Chair of the Board of Management, I offer my sincere thanks publishing 10–20 papers a year with acceptance rates of to everyone involved with BH over the past exciting decade. I 60%–70%. Our list reveals that some 256 students from 34 know that the Journal and its authors will continue to flourish. universities have submitted their work for consideration. Martin Luck Reviewers, who are experts in their academic fields, are Professor of Physiological Education, asked to assess manuscripts as rigorously as they would for University of Nottingham other journals, save that the quantity of work may be less (it very often isn’t!). The eventual quality of papers depends Email: martin.luck@nottingham.ac.uk ............................................................................................... .................................................................. © The Author 2017. Published by Oxford University Press. This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial License (http://creativecommons.org/ licenses/by-nc/4.0/), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited. For commercial re-use, please contact journals.permissions@oup.com

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