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BioMed Central launches Biology Direct

. And how priceless these discussions often are in providing us with new perspectives and fresh ideas for our research!"

The initial response to the journal has been highly positive and the Editorial Board for Genomics, Bioinformatics and Systems Biology includes many top researchers in these fields.

Dr Etienne Joly, of INSERM in Toulouse, France, one of Biology Direct's first authors and a member of the Editorial Board, comments on his experience of the journal's peer-review process:

"This experience of 'open refereeing' has been a very interesting and constructive process for me. As a result of this procedure, I have been able to interact directly with the referees, and on several issues it has allowed me to understand criticisms that would otherwise have remained quite obscure. And a couple of misunderstandings were cleared up very rapidly rather than having to spend a long time arguing against issues that had actually not been raised ?I predict that a fair percentage of the manuscripts published in Biology Direct will later prove to have an important impact in their own right?The end result of this refereeing process is, I hope, a much better manuscript."


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