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|Edited by||Felix Wieland|
|After 12 months/Hybrid|
FEBS Letters is a peer-reviewed scientific journal covering all aspects of molecular biosciences, including molecular biology and biochemistry. The aim of the journal is to publish primary research as short reports in the form of Research Letters and Hypotheses, as well as secondary research in the form of Review articles. FEBS Letters is published by Elsevier on behalf of the Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS). The editorial office of FEBS Letters is based in Heidelberg, Germany.
The initial idea of FEBS Letters as a journal for rapid communication of short reports in biochemistry, biophysics and molecular biology was proposed by the Secretary General of FEBS, W.J. Whelan, at the 4th FEBS Meeting held in Oslo in 1967. After further discussions and preparations, the first issue of FEBS Letters appeared in July 1968 with Satya Prakash Datta acting as Managing Editor. The initial editorial policy urged the authors to submit their manuscripts directly to a member of the Editorial Board, who independently evaluated them and, if needed, consulted external referees. Apart from original research articles, early on FEBS Letters started publishing short reviews, hypotheses, discussion articles and meeting reports, as well as a number of supplements to regular issues extensively covering topical subjects. In 2000 the handling of manuscripts was centralized and the editorial process amended and standardized.
Satya Prakash Datta, who served as Managing Editor until 1985, was succeeded by Giorgio Semenza (1986-2000) and Matti Saraste (2000-2001). Since 2001, the Managing Editor is Felix Wieland.
The journal published 144 articles in 1968, and from then on steadily increased its output to reach an all-time high of 1733 published articles in 1999.
Editorial and publishing concept
FEBS Letters staff consists of the Managing Editor, the Editorial Office and the Editorial Board. The Editorial Board is composed of Academic Editors, who are exclusively active scientists working in different fields of the molecular biosciences.
In accordance with the Managing Editor, the staff at the Editorial Office evaluates all submissions based on editorial policy and general scientific criteria. Manuscripts that pass through the pre-screening process are distributed to appropriate Academic Editors. The Academic Editors evaluate the manuscripts, supervise the peer-review process and make final decisions autonomously. The handling time from submission to first decision is on average 2.3 weeks. Manuscripts accepted for publication are processed by Elsevier and published both online and in print, bundled in 24 issues per year.
FEBS Letters follows a typical scientific society publishing model, where the income generated by the journal is used by FEBS to fund its activities, i.e. FEBS fellowships, advanced courses and workshops, congresses, and travel grants.
FEBS Letters publishes four to six Special Issues per year. Special Issues are collections of topical Review articles written by distinguished scientists covering the latest developments on specific topics in the molecular biosciences. Special Issue articles are commissioned, but, nevertheless, undergo the usual evaluation procedure exerted by the journal. Every year a Special Issue is directly associated with the FEBS Congress and consists of a compilation of Review articles contributed by speakers presenting their work at the congress.
In 2009, FEBS Letters introduced Structured Digital Abstracts (SDA). An SDA comprises a series of sentences each of which contains a relationship between two biological entities, mentioning the method used to study the relationship. The SDA is added below the abstract of articles describing protein-protein interactions.
FEBS Letters also benefits from innovations in publishing introduced by Elsevier. Most notable examples are the Article of the Future and research Highlights. The Article of the Future is an article format that provides content navigation and value-added enhancements in a 3 pane format optimized for online reading. Highlights are a short collection of bullet points that convey the core findings and provide readers with a quick textual overview of the article.
All accepted articles are published both online and in print by Elsevier on behalf of FEBS. The FEBS Letters archive is completely digitalized and available back to the first issue in 1968. FEBS Letters follows a subscription-based model with a delayed and hybrid open access policy. All articles are made available to non-subscribers for free after 12 months, with Review articles and Hypotheses being available for free immediately. FEBS Letters also offers authors an immediate open access solution for Research Letters through Sponsored Articles.
FEBS Letters Young Group Leader Award
The FEBS Letters Young Group Leader Award is given to an independent scientist, aged 40 years or younger, who is the corresponding author of an outstanding research letter published in the previous calendar year. The award is endowed with €10,000 prize money and is presented at the annual FEBS Congress. The award has been presented regularly since 2003.
Abstracting and indexing
The journal is indexed in:
- Whelan, WJ (1974). "The foundation and early years of FEBS.". FEBS Letters 40 (0): suppl:S154–9. doi:10.1016/0014-5793(74)80698-8. PMID 4153118.
- Whelan, WJ (1986). "How FEBS Letters began". FEBS Letters 194 (1): v–vii. doi:10.1016/0014-5793(86)80038-2.
- Datta, SP (1988). "The early days of FEBS Letters". FEBS Letters 233 (2): iii. doi:10.1016/0014-5793(88)80428-9.
- Šorm, F (1968). "Foreword". FEBS Letters 1 (1): I. doi:10.1016/0014-5793(68)80002-X.
- Datta, SP (1974). "FEBS Letters". FEBS Letters 40: S174. doi:10.1016/0014-5793(74)80705-2.
- FEBS Letters (2012). Editorial Office.
- Feldmann, Horst (2004). "FEBS Letters". Forty years of FEBS: 1964 to 2003: a memoir. Blackwell. pp. 97–98. ISBN 1405117648.
- "Scopus". Elsevier. Retrieved 26 September 2012.
- "FEBS Publications". Retrieved 18 October 2012.
- Superti-Furga, G; Wieland, F; Cesareni, G (2008). "Finally: The digital, democratic age of scientific abstracts.". FEBS letters 582 (8): 1169. doi:10.1016/j.febslet.2008.02.070. PMID 18328821.
- "Article of the Future". Elsevier. Retrieved 11 October 2012.
- "Highlights". Elsevier. Retrieved 11 October 2012.
- "Sponsored Articles". Elsevier. Retrieved 12 October 2012.
- "FEBS Letters Young Group Leader Award". Retrieved 12 October 2012.