PIGMENT CELL RESEARCH

Editor's Report
Joseph T. Bagnara

With the completion of volume 3, it seems appropriate to summarize some of the major events that have transpired during the first three years that Pigment Cell Research has been in existence. This is the first report of this type that I have prepared after the completion of a volume and I am now establishing a precedent so that in the future, such a report will be prepared after the last issue of earch year.
As Editor, I consider a major role for Pigment Cell Research is to serve the community of scholars and researchers who deal with animal pigments and pigmentation. In particular, we wish to serve those members of the societies which have supported the Journal with their good names, European Society for Pigment Cell Research (ESPCR), Japanese Society for Pigment Cell Research (JSPCR) and PanAmerican Society for Pigment Cell Research (PASPCR). A measure of our service and thir support is attested by the fact that about 90 percent of the manuscripts so far published in regular issues of Pigment Cell Research have been authored or co-authored by members of one or more of the sponsoring societies. Of these, approximately 10% have come from Japan, 35% were from the western hemisphere, mostly North America, and of the remaining 55%, most were submitted from Europe. Acceptance of manuscripts has been based solely upon scientific merit and the relative subfield represented by any particular manuscript has had no effect upon its acceptability. This is in keeping aith a fundamental aim of Pigment Cell Research, to represent the diversity of disciplines that comprise the total area of pigmentation research.

With the obvious relationship between the societies and Pigment Cell Research, the growth of the journal has been somewhat linked to the growth of the societies. When Pigment Cell Research was founded in 1987, only the ESPCR and the International Pigment Cell Society (IPCS) were in existence. With the evolutionary changes that have taken place with the latter as the JSPCR and the PASPCR came into existence, a formalized and legal agreement between the publisher of Pigment Cell Research (Alan R. Liss, Inc.) and the IPCS never materialized. This may have had an effect upon the growth of Pigment Cell Research; however, what really did set back the Journal was the puchase of Alan R. Liss, Inc. by John Wiley & Sons in 1988. This led to a period of indecision on the part of Wiley/Liss that had a profound impact upon Pigment Cell Research. The journal suffered and the publication of several issues of volume 3 were markedly delayed during the sale of Pigment Cell Research to our present publisher, Munksgaard International Publisher, Ltd. (Copenhagen). The sale occurred in February 1990 and the agreement involved a gradual transition of Pigment Cell Research production from Wiley/Liss to Munksgaard. The production events were in the hands of McLaurine & Co. and involved the use of the auspices of Wiley/Liss for the first three issues of volume 3. After this, the production of Pigment Cell Research has been entirely in the hands of Munksgaard although it continues through the auspices of McLaurine & Co. which serves a similar function for several other scientific journals which were also purchased by Munksgaard from Wiley/Liss.

I want to emphasize with enthusiasm the fact that we are now in the hands of an excellent publisher which is especially understanding and cooperative. The transition has been smooth and easy and my office has interacted efficiently with that McLaurine & Co.

I look forward to a period of growth and success under our new owners, Munksgaard International Publisher, Ltd.

Some statistics on the first three volumes of Pigment Cell Research

Refereed Articles

Total received 186
Total accepted with revision 141
Total accepted with revision and revised 133
Number of outright rejections 24
Number of outright rejections resubmitted and accepted 4
Total number of articles published 151
Average number of articles per issue 7.1
Average number of pages budgeted per issue
volumes 1&2 72
volume 3 48-64
Total duration of review process per manuscript 25.8 days

Unrefereed Articles

Number of reviews published 5
Number of reviews rejected 1
Number of symposium articles (two symposia) 34
Programs and abstracts 4
Supplements (to volume 1) 1