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We want to express our appreciation to all authors, reviewers, and editorial board members from across the globe who serve the Journal of Biological Chemistry (JBC). Their involvement and loyalty make JBC a truly international journal. JBC was founded by John J. Abel and Christian A. Herter in 1905. Within three years, JBC published its first paper from a foreign author, Harald Lundén of the Nobel Institution in Sweden (
). Seminal papers from non-U. S. authors that encompass the entire scope of the journal have been published in JBC ever since. For example, the papers that provided the foundation for my research field, those on the discovery of cytochrome P450, were published in JBC by scientists from Osaka University (
The current issue reflects a typical cross-section of JBC publications from around the globe and showcases advances made by scientists outside the U. S. For example, one of our Editors’ Picks, from Scrima and colleagues in Braunschweig, describes how a Yersinia pseudotuberculosis virulence factor interacts with a subset of B cells by targeting specific antibodies (
). Travis, Thornton, and colleagues in Manchester similarly tackle a question at the interface with immunology but, in their case, focused on how our own glycoproteins stimulate intestinal cells as a possible mechanism to maintain gut homeostasis (
). Papers from Brazil, Mexico, Macau, and Japan reveal new insights into the reductive capacity of the labile iron pool, the impact of a post-translational modification on neuronal excitability, the power of single-cell sequencing to explore cellular heterogeneity, and an unexpected function for a tRNA synthetase in amino acid transport (
Moving forward, we at JBC are committed to serving and supporting all biological chemists, continuing JBC's proud tradition of international engagement. To this end we resolve to appoint Associate Editors and Editorial Board Members (EBMs) who provide a balance of scientific topics and geographic regions. Currently, 310 of our EBMs are located outside of the United States (see map below), and we have Associate Editors in Canada, Ireland, the United Kingdom, and China (and until recently had Associate Editors in Germany and Australia as well). We have created an International Outreach Committee of the Associate Editors, which I chair. Five JBC Associate Editors and one JBC staff member attended the Chinese Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology meeting in October 2016, and another group will be attending this meeting again in October in Chongqing, presenting lectures on practical aspects of publishing in JBC, as well as their own science. We are planning JBC visits in other parts of Asia, Latin America, and Europe, both attending scientific meetings and visiting institutions. We want to help scientists learn about publishing in the JBC, showcase exciting biochemical science advances worldwide, and encourage growth in the biochemical sciences in the parts of the world where we believe we can make a contribution.
We are exploring more ways to support the global JBC: We have long allowed authors to include non-Latin characters with their author names to aid in disambiguation and recognition in their home country (
). Please let us know if there are steps the JBC leadership can take that would help scientists in your geographical area. For example, you may find it valuable to have a version of our author instructions, editorials, or press releases in your native language.
Please look for us at your next conference, wherever it may be. Bottom line: The JBC editorial leaders want to encourage advances in the exciting field of biological chemistry, worldwide.