JIMB, flagship journal of SIMB

Posted 3/5/15 by . Filed under Featured News, News and Updates.

JIMB is the flagship journal of SIMB. As stated in JIMB “aims and scope”, it is an international journal that publishes papers describing original research, short communications and critical reviews in the fields of biotechnology, fermentation and cell culture, biocatalysis, environmental microbiology, natural products discovery and biosynthesis, metabolic engineering, genomics, bioinformatics, food microbiology and other areas of applied microbiology. “Significantly novel industrial microbiology and/or biotechnology” is a major criterion for accepting manuscripts. Thus, manuscripts reporting on well described processes, organisms, enzymes, shake flask optimization, screening studies/isolation studies, etc. are not acceptable unless novel and significant new information pertaining to “industrial microbiology and/or biotechnology” is presented. JIMB publishes high quality manuscripts and reviews.

All manuscripts undergo critical peer review. If they are deemed relevant to JIMB “aims and scope”, the Editor-in-Chief assigns them to one of 15 Senior Editors who are experts in the various fields of industrial microbiology and/or biotechnology. Senior Editors may further assign the manuscripts to at least two other qualified reviewers. These reviewers may come from our Editorial Board (currently consists of about 85 reviewers) or “outside reviewers”. Our Senior Editors represent seven countries over 3 continents; our Editorial Board, many more.

We recently began publishing “Special Issues” with all articles, mainly reviews, written by invited experts (these articles also undergo peer review). Examples include:

+ Microbial Genome Mining, (2014) Brian O. Bachman, Steven G. Van Lanen, Richard Baltz, Editors, 41 #2: February 2014.
+ Metabolic Engineering, (2015) Jens Nielsen and Ramon Gonzalez, Editors, 42#3: March 2015.
+ Natural Product Discovery and Development in the Genomic Era, in preparation, publication expected in January 2016.

The chart below summarizes some recent statistics for JIMB. For IF ratings our category is “Biotechnology & Applied Microbiology”.

Year Impact Factor RANK # Manuscripts Submitted
2014 NA NA 1121*
2013 2.505 61/161 1048
2012 2.321 68/159 906
2011 2.735 58/157 936
2010 2.416 63/159 901
2009 1.798 81/150 674
* JIMB rejection rate is about 85%

As Editor-in-Chief I invite you to contribute manuscripts representing your relevant work in the areas of “industrial microbiology and/or biotechnology” to JIMB.

Robert (Bob) D. Schwartz

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