What makes an article worthy of Editors’ Choice?

See the articles Elsevier editors hand-picked from their open-access journals – and their reasons for choosing them

Editors' Choice logoElsevier's Editors' Choice program points readers to a selection of content hand-picked by the journal editors. The idea is to make personalized reading recommendations. For visitors of conferences, for example, these recommendations are made by the editors of the journals represented at the event.

For Open Access Week, we invited Editors-in-Chief of our established open access journals to make a selection. We chose the established ones because they have a substantial number of articles the editors can choose from.

'What's your favorite article and why?'

We asked the editors to select their favorite articles and tell us why they deserve attention. Of course, editors all have their own reasons to select favorites — which are not always in line with the most popular articles in the field.[divider]

FEBS Open Bio

Mary Purton, PhDDr. Mary Purton (Cambridge, UK), the Executive Editor of FEBS Open Bio, has selected a paper in which the authors correct the results of one of their own previously published research: "A recessive X-linked mutation causes a threefold reduction of total body zinc accumulation in Drosophila melanogaster laboratory strains"

Her reason:

This overturns their previously reported association between fumble (fbl) mutations and zinc accumulation that had been used by John B. Whitfield and colleagues to infer the association of a gene on human chromosome 15 with zinc accumulation.  FEBS Open Bio is pleased to publish this short paper that corrects the scientific record.

She said she is also excited about a paper where the results of the research show an excellent correlation between the data and models: "Isothermal titration calorimetry with micelles: Thermodynamics of inhibitor binding to carnitine palmitoyltransferase 2 membrane protein"

Comparison of this thermodynamic data to new X-ray structures and to rCPT-2–inhibitor models revealed an excellent correlation, suggesting that ITC measurements could provide valuable information for optimizing inhibitor binding in drug discovery.

Read Dr. Purton's complete selection here.[divider]

Medical Mycology Case Reports

O. Kurzai, PhDProfessor Dr. O. Kurzai (Leibniz Institute for Natural Product Research and Infection Biology, Research Group Fungal Septomics, Hans Knöll Institute), Editor-in-Chief of Medical Mycology Case Reports, has selected articles that are not the most read or cited articles of the journal – although this may now change – but those describing rare cases with an unexpected result.

One of his favorites is "Saccharomyces cerevisiae boulardii transient fungemia after intravenous self-inoculation," in which the authors describe the unusual case of a young immunocompetent psychotic intravenous drug user injecting herself with Saccharomyces cervisiae (boulardii) – a probiotic mainly used to treat diarrhea. Her quick recovery from a serious fever confirms this yeast to be harmless in a non-immunocompromised host.

Another favorite is about the clinical management of a cystic fibrosis patient undergoing a lung transplantation. "Management of Scedosporium apiospermum in a pre- and post-lung transplant patient with cystic fibrosis" describes the curing of a very rare but threatening infection.

Read more of Dr. Kurzai's selection here.[divider]

Redox Biology

Victor Darley-Usmar, PhDTilmar Grune, PhDThe editors of Redox Biology have other criteria for selection, as they consider "scholarly reviews in which new concepts and developing themes are highlighted and developments in rapidly advancing fields are collated as one of the most important contributions we make as authors to the scientific community."

Dr. Victor Darley-Usmar (University of Alabama, Birmingham) and Dr. Tilman Grune (Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena, Jena, Germany) write:

These are difficult to write well but essential for broadening interest in Redox Biology and stimulating new research.  The review article is then ideal for the open access format. In Redox Biology , we have gone a step further and developed the new category of the graphical review which contain 3 to 5 critical schemes and minimal text which can be downloaded by anyone for use in teaching or research seminars (with appropriate acknowledgement of course!).

Their favorite paper is "Nitrite: A physiological store of nitric oxide and modulator of mitochondrial function,", a review article with indeed four critical schemes and minimal text.

Also "The proteasome and the degradation of oxidized proteins: Part I—structure of proteasomes," is a is a very clear illustration of the type of articles the editors like best: a review article with clear schemes and little text, summarizing the structure of the 20S proteasome and its associated regulator proteins as described in 30 articles, all published in well-established journals.

To see all their favorites, please click here.[divider]

The Author

Marianne OostropAs Marketing Communications Manager for Open Access at Elsevier, Marianne Oosterop is responsible for the marketing communications of STM journals in relation to open access. She was trained as a librarian, has held several positions in public and special libraries, and has fulfilled different commercial positions in the scientific publishing world.

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