Microbes and Infection
" Microbes and Infection, a Journal on Infectious Agents and Host Defenses ", was launched in 1999, with S.H.E. Kaufmann as Editor-in Chief, D.M. Ojcius as Review Editor, A. Sher and P. Truffa-Bachi as Forum Editors, and an international editorial board of 44, including 9 scientists from Institut Pasteur. Fifteen peer-reviewed issues are published per year with the most advanced research in all fields of infection and immunity. The journal brings together original reports, reviews, and discussion papers dealing with the different levels of host-microbe interactions, and in particular, the molecular and cell biology of interactions between hosts and microbes (viruses, bacteria, parasites, fungi; also prions); the local response of infected organs and tissues, including local immunity and pathology; animal models of infectious diseases, including defense against microorganisms in non-mammalian organisms; vaccine development; and clinical and epidemiological studies. Selected case reports are regularly included, along with brief accounts of clinical trials and major improvements in diagnosis. In 2000, 201 articles were published, about a third of which were original reports. The journal is indexed in Medline, Excerpta Medica, Embase, Science Citation Index and Current Contents (Life Sciences). Full-length articles are available on-line through the Pasteur library. Subscriptions increased by 9.5% in 2000.
Research in Microbiology
Research in Microbiology is the direct descendant of the original Pasteur periodical entitled Annales de l'Institut Pasteur, created in 1887 by Emile Duclaux under the patronage of Louis Pasteur. It has undergone many changes over the past 100 years, reflecting the evolution in scientific publishing, but has consistently maintained the Pasteur tradition by publishing original reports on all aspects of microbiology, including general and molecular microbiology, physiology and microbial genetics, environmental and applied microbiology, industrial microbiology, mycology and medical microbiology. It now also covers microbial genomics, emerging microbiological diseases and the genetics of virulence.
In 2000 special issues were devoted to microbial genomes and bacterial transformation. A special double issue on ABC systems in microorganisms is being published in 2001. In addition, ten minireviews on current topics were published in the year 2000 and twice that number are scheduled for 2001.
The important decision was made at the end of the year 2000 to create an online manuscript submission and tracking site for Research in Microbiology. This will enable authors to directly upload their articles to a member of the Editorial Board, who will be able to choose referees and send the file to them directly online. This e-submission site, operational in mid-2001, should considerably speed up all aspects of publication. If and when the article is accepted, it will almost immediately be made available online, consultable at no fee, and considered to be " in press " ; it will remain freely available until it is compiled in a printed issue and in the publisher's database.
Research in Microbiology currently publishes 10 issues a year containing articles from throughout the world, and has 40 international editors on its board. The Editor in Chief is Maurice Hofnung (Department of Biotechnology, Institut Pasteur).
Les Annales de l'Institut Pasteur/actualités
Starting in 2000, the journal Annales de l'Institut Pasteur/actualités, entirely in French, was transformed into a collection of monographs devoted to a given theme, and it is now available in bookstores and by mail order. Four subjects were treated in 2000: atherosclerosis and apolipoproteins, neurodegenerative diseases, AIDS in the era of multitherapies, and apoptosis in human pathology. Two subjects which had met with success when published in 1999 in periodical form were reedited in 2000 as monographsparasitic diseases, and venoms. The year 2001 will witness the publication of monographs consecrated to the return of serotherapy, microbiological surveillance, mitochondrial diseases and microbial genomics. The Editor in Chief is Georges Cohen.
Activity report of the research departments of the Institut Pasteur
In the year 2000, the Publications service was responsible for all aspects of publication of the printed, abridged version of the1999 Activity report of the research departments of the Institut Pasteur.