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PLOS Genetics’ Tenth Anniversary

2015 marks the tenth anniversary of publishing cutting-edge research at PLOS Genetics. Since the inaugural issue on the 25th of July 2005, PLOS Genetics has been dedicated to supporting the scientists that make up the genetics community with ethical rigour, thorough peer reviewing and lively scientific discussion. As the years have gone by we have seen a wealth of expertise rotate through our Editorial Board, and we are delighted to have worked so closely with much of our community.

Image credit: Flickr vpisteve CC BY
Image Credit: Flickr vpisteve CC BY

On the occasion of our tenth anniversary we are highlighting and celebrating many aspects of PLOS Genetics. In order to recognise the outstanding work published in PLOS Genetics, the Editors are awarding a prize for the best Research Article of 2014. Articles will be nominated by the wider community and our Editors-in-Chief and Section Editors will select a winner from the nominated works. To reflect the journal’s aims of publishing high quality research and fostering community engagement, the winner will be chosen based upon scientific excellence and community impact. Nominations will open in a few weeks, so keep a lookout for updates! In the meantime, why not refresh your memory and browse through our 2014 volume?

As well as celebrating recent publications we want to acknowledge the richness of research that we have published over the years. We are launching a collection of the ten most downloaded articles in PLOS Genetics’ history to form a PLOS Genetics Tenth Anniversary Collection. Each article in the collection will be accompanied by a commentary, written by an expert in the field, and the collection will include a reflective editorial from our Editors-in-Chief, looking back upon the past decade.

The first ever cover image for PLOS Genetics from July 2005. Image Credit: Photograph by Erwin and Peggy Bauer, USFWS; line graphic by Felice Macera.
The first ever cover image for PLOS Genetics from July 2005. Image Credit: Photograph by Erwin and Peggy Bauer, USFWS; line graphic by Felice Macera.

PLOS Genetics owes much of its success to our outstanding Editorial Board. These individuals work tirelessly to encourage, assess and improve our submissions, whilst being vital members of the genetics community and making outstanding scientific contributions in their respective fields.  To celebrate ten years of hard work, research, and immense dedication from our Editorial Board, we are inviting our editors to contribute to PLOS Biologue. In these posts, our editors reflect on how their areas of research have developed and changed over the last ten years, and explain what their hopes are for future research. The first post in this series is from Beth Sullivan on the last ten years of chromosome biology, which provides an exciting insight into the challenges and achievements this field has seen over the decade. The second post has been written by John Greally, and focuses on the future of epigenetics research. He suggests that isolated EWAS needs to be replaced with a new approach, involving the concurrent testing of the epigenome, transcriptome and genome.

To keep the discussion going, John Greally will be hosting a tweetchat on July 29 at 11-12 EDT. Members of the genetics community will be on Twitter discussing the future of epigenetics research and how to support progress. Be part of the conversation at #epig20.

Our twitter followers have been active in our anniversary celebrations by tweeting their favourite papers and images. The public has voted to select the Anniversary Image which will grace all our celebration activities. The winning image was announced earlier today, and you can read more about it here. This image will take pride of place on our homepage, and we will also be featuring articles from the PLOS Genetics archive over the anniversary period.

We appreciate the hard work and dedication shown by all of our contributors, and it was a delight to be able to thank our reviewers at the close of last year. The readers, authors, reviewers and editors of PLOS Genetics have come together to create and nourish this journal over the past ten years, and these celebrations are as much about you as about the journal.  As 2015 continues we will take the opportunity to reflect, plan for the future, and celebrate with the genetics community. Watch this space!

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