New Open Access Journal Launches: 1st issue of Database is available

The first volume of a new, open access journal from Oxford Journals is now available. The journal is Database: The Journal of Biological Databases and Curation. This is the description of the journal that I found at their ‘about’ link:

The journal will publish:
• Detailed descriptions of databases, and database tools, in the broad arena of biology – authors are strongly encouraged to include a biological discovery or a ‘testable’ hypothesis in their paper
• Shorter papers describing significant updates to established databases
• Objective reviews of complementary and ancillary databases and database tools
• User tutorials
• Methodology and technical notes on database development

And in my opinion the editors of the journal picked a great paper and database for their first article. The article describes the new mutant phenotype curation system at the Saccharomyces Genome Database, or SGD. SGD is one of the oldest Model Organism Databases and is extensively utilized by the yeast community. We feature SGD as part of our recent Model Organism Database release. I also like the authors – three of them have been my editors in my past life as a database curator (Maria and Marek for Proteome’s Model Organism databases, and Stacia for my curation at SGD) and I know many of the others from my time with SGD too. After reading the first article I’m not just impressed with the new phenotype system at SGD, I am also really impressed with how much space SGD was given in the journal to describe their system. This was no brief, rushed 2 page notice. No, Database devoted 13 pages to the SGD article & such luxury of space really allowed for a nice level of detailed description.

I really think this is going to be an important journal for our community to read, to support, and to be seen in – so if your writing fingers are ‘itchy’, or you’ve just got database information to share, check out Oxford Journal’s “Database” journal & consider submitting your next paper there.

Costanzo, M., Skrzypek, M., Nash, R., Wong, E., Binkley, G., Engel, S., Hitz, B., Hong, E., Cherry, J., & , . (2009). New mutant phenotype data curation system in the Saccharomyces Genome Database Database: The Journal of Biological Databases and Curation, 2009 DOI: 10.1093/database/bap001