Author Archives: Tim Vines

About Tim Vines

I'm the managing editor of Molecular Ecology and Molecular Ecology Resources.

Molecular Ecology’s best reviewers 2015

(Flickr: Kathrin & Stefan Marks) As a continuation of our post from last year, Molecular Ecology is publishing a list of our very best referees from the last two years (2013 and 2014). Our hope is that the people listed … Continue reading

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Why is science publishing so damn expensive?

I read this article today. It kicks off with a familiar complaint about the cost of journal subscriptions: Taxpayers fund a lot of the science that gets done, academics (many of whom are also funded by public money) peer review it … Continue reading

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Mol Ecol’s best reviewers 2014

As a continuation of our post from last year, Molecular Ecology is publishing a list of our very best referees from the last two years (2012 and 2013). Our hope is that the people listed below will put ‘Top Reviewer … Continue reading

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Journals must boost data sharing

Here’s the text from Tim’s recent (3rd April) Correspondence piece in Nature The journal ecosystem is a powerful filter of scientific literature, promoting the best work into the best journals. Why not use a similar mechanism to encourage more comprehensive … Continue reading

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Job: Deputy Managing Editor for Molecular Ecology

Here’s a job opening for anyone that’s interested: The Molecular Ecology Editorial Office is looking for a part- or full-time Deputy Managing Editor to help run Molecular Ecology and ME Resources. The position chiefly involves monitoring the peer review process … Continue reading

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2012 Impact Factors – Mol Ecol does well, ME Resources blows the roof off

When ME Resources switched to publishing Primer Notes in a summary article back in 2009, I had a strong hunch that our 2012 Impact Factor could go up quite a bit – this is the first year that the IF … Continue reading

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Our first Genomic Resources Note

We recently laid out the guidelines for our new article type, Genomic Resources Notes. Since it’s a little hard to visualise what they should look like, we’ve made the first accepted GR Note available here. We think there are a lot of … Continue reading

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The end of Primer Notes, the start of Genomic Resources Notes

Molecular Ecology Notes published its first issue back in March 2001 – an issue containing a brief editorial, four technical notes, and 35 primer notes. The latter, brief papers describing new primer pairs useful for studying natural populations, have been … Continue reading

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Mol Ecol’s best reviewers

A healthy peer review system is essential for the integrity of science, but the anonymity of the process means that good reviewers seldom get recognition from the broader community. This is particularly a problem for junior researchers trying to get … Continue reading

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Let’s push things forward

We at Molecular Ecology think archiving data at publication is really important, chiefly because it means that all these amazing datasets are preserved for future generations of researchers. Who knows what questions they’ll be asking fifty years from now? (That, … Continue reading

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