BIOPRESERVATION AND BIOBANKING Volume 10, Number 2, 2012 ª Mary Ann Liebert, Inc. DOI: 10.1089/bio.2012.1026

Transition at Biopreservation and Biobanking Jim Vaught


laboratory archival samples. Although biopreservation remains a significant area of emphasis, increasing numbers of papers in general biobanking as well as special reports concerning specific biospecimen research and biobanking networks are also appearing. In addition to the variety of research papers, topics that fall between the technical and ethical/regulatory realms are also appearing, including articles about commercialization of biobanks; managing a biobank network; and managing the introduction of biobanks to potential participants. Again, our journal is in the best position to address these topics that are critical to advancing biobanking as a scientific field in ways that other journals cannot. Biopreservation and Biobanking, as the official journal of ISBER, continues to strengthen both the journal and ISBER. In this issue the 3rd edition of ISBER’s Best Practices for Repositories appears, published only in Biopreservation and Biobanking and on the ISBER web site. ISBER’s Best Practices are recognized and referenced worldwide as one of the most comprehensive and widely adopted sets of biorepository recommendations. ISBER members make significant contributions to the journal on a variety of topics, and serve at all levels on the editorial board. The ISBER Corner articles provide a forum to inform the readership about initiatives such as ISBER’s plans for a global certification program and piloting a proficiency testing program. As these and other ISBER educational and scientific programs mature, I expect additional reports to appear in the journal that will stimulate further research and new initiatives. I’m also excited to welcome Allison Hubel as the new Deputy Editor for Biopreservation and Peter Watson as Deputy Editor for Tissue Biobanking. Their excellent contributions to date have been major factors in the recent success of the journal. In this new arrangement, Allison and Peter will assist in coordinating reviews of manuscripts in their respective areas of expertise and will continue to contribute editorials and papers as well as coordinate special issues and topics. I am pleased to say that Robert Hewitt will continue as our European Editor. Robert has been one of the leading forces behind the journal’s success in expanding its footprint in biobanking, and his leadership role in the European, Middle Eastern, and African Society for Biopreservation and Biobanking (ESBB) will provide additional opportunities for the journal to expand its role as a forum for international biobanking discussions.

am honored to begin serving as the second Editorin-Chief of Biopreservation and Biobanking, beginning with this issue. The issue was already in production when I took the position in mid-April. We are fortunate to have had John G. Baust at the helm of the journal—under our current title and our previous title, Cell Preservation Technology—for a decade. On behalf of the entire editorial board I want to thank John for his outstanding service and leadership as Biopreservation and Biobanking has expanded and grown into the journal that is the leading voice of these burgeoning fields. I’m delighted that John will continue to be available to advise us as he remains on the editorial board as Founding Editor. Since the journal changed its name and expanded its scope in 2009, there has been tremendous growth in the quality and quantity of submissions, and the expansion to 6 issues in 2012 presents an exciting opportunity. As the official journal of ISBER, members and colleagues are increasingly sending their manuscripts to Biopreservation and Biobanking. During the past two years the impact factor has increased from 1.026 to 1.412. Special features such as The Experts Speak have been instrumental in raising awareness of some of the more topical and controversial issues surrounding technical and ethical/legal matters in biobanking. For example, in recent issues of the journal these features have included discussions of ‘‘What are the next steps to overcoming roadblocks to transnational biobank collaboration?’’ and ‘‘What are the most oppressing legal and ethical issues facing biorepositories and what are some strategies to address them?’’ These difficult questions are simply not being addressed by other journals. We need to continue to take advantage of the expertise of our editorial board and readers to work toward solutions to a variety of complex biobanking issues. Going forward I want to encourage new contributions concerning our most difficult issues. We have the knowledge and ability as well as the mandate to publish papers on topics that are not within the purview of most other journals, and a well-informed readership that is aware of and appreciates such content. I encourage you to contact me about ideas you may have concerning such topics. In terms of scientific content, the journal is also attracting a broader array of topics. In recent issues there have been papers concerning freeze-thaw effects on DNA stability; a microfluidic study of megakaryocyte membrane transport properties; and a report on RNA quality in pathology

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EDITORIAL Please take a look at the list of Section Editors and Editorial Board members. This is truly a stellar group of editors representing all of the myriad interests of the biopreservation and biobanking communities. I expect to take full advantage of their knowledge and experience, not only in reviewing manuscripts but in submitting ideas for topics and contributing their best work to this journal. Our goal is to assure that

75 Biopreservation and Biobanking continues to grow in quality and impact, and I’ll do my best to build on the work that John Baust and the excellent staff at Mary Ann Liebert started.

Jim Vaught, Ph.D. Editor-in-Chief

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