BRAUNSCHWEIG, Germany--The first edition of In Silico Biology (ISB), a new online journal aimed to bridge the gap between experimental scientists and the computational biology community, is now available on the web. Edited by Edgar Wingender, leader of the Molecular Bioinformatics of Gene Regulation project at the GBF Institute here, and Eugene Koonin of the National Center for Biotechnology Information in Bethesda, Md., ISB will publish biologically significant findings made using computational tools; new computational methods accompanied by specific, biologically significant results; systematic compilations of biologically relevant computational results; evaluation of original experimental data with biocomputational tools; and online resources for experimental scientists.
According to Wingender, "the basic idea is to promote the development of a more integrated view of living systems, answering the question, 'What can we learn for biology from this study?'" An international panel of experts will sit on the journal's editorial advisory board, and all papers will be peer-reviewed. A publication time of less than two months is intended, Wingender said. The journal will appear at http://www.bioinfo.de/isb. Printed versions of the journal will be published by IOS Press, Amsterdam.