Springer is launching BioEnergy Research, a journal dedicated to the rapidly growing area of feedstock biology research related to biomass, biofuels, and bioenergy. The first issue of the quarterly journal is scheduled for March 2008.
Interest in producing substances (like ethanol) used as raw materials - known as biofeedstocks - from crop plants, plant residues, waste products and algae is increasing not only within the scientific and farming communities but also in the political and public arenas. BioEnergy Research will provide a forum for researchers by publishing a wide range of articles, including peer-reviewed original research, reviews, perspectives, commentary, industry news and government policy updates. It will report on current scientific advances in molecular biology, biochemistry, evolution, ecology, genetics, genomics, molecular breeding, agronomy, economics and on the processing of biofeedstocks for energy production.
The international editorial board, drawn from the various disciplines covered by the journal, will be headed by Michael D. Casler of the Agricultural Research Service of the United States Department of Agriculture, Madison, WI, USA; Wilfred Vermerris from the University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, USA; and Richard A. Dixon of the Samuel Roberts Noble Foundation, Ardmore, OK, USA.
Jinnie Kim, Senior Publishing Editor, Plant Sciences, at Springer, said, "Fueled by the urgent need for alternative energy sources and the exponential growth in research funding, an increasing number of researchers are working on scientific issues related to biofeedstock production and conversion to energy. This growing community, however, lacks the proper venue to publish the best original research. We believe that BioEnergy Research will be welcomed by scientists from a number of disciplines and play a central role in this emerging field."
BioEnergy Research will be available in print and on Springer's online platform www.springerlink.com. All articles will be published online via Online First™ before they appear in print, thereby providing the global community with immediate access to new research results. To begin with, approximately 10 to 12 papers will be published per quarterly issue. All BioEnergy Research authors, via the Springer Open Choice™ program, will have the option of publishing their articles using the open access publishing model.
Springer (www.springer.com) is the second-largest publisher of journals in the science, technology, and medicine (STM) sector and the largest publisher of STM books. Springer is part of Springer Science+Business Media, one of the world's leading suppliers of scientific and specialist literature. The group publishes over 1,700 journals and more than 5,500 new books a year, as well as the largest STM eBook Collection worldwide. Springer has operations in over 20 countries in Europe, the USA, and Asia, and some 5,000 employees.
BioEnergy Research: ISSN Print 1939-1234, Electronic 1939-1242