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Environmental Factor, December 2012

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Wilson named editor-in-chief of DNA Repair

By Shannon Duncan

Samuel Wilson, M.D.

Wilson is head of the DNA Repair and Nucleic Acid Enzymology Group in the NIEHS Laboratory of Structural Biology. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

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The current impact factor for DNA Repair is 4.135, which is considered quite impressive for a specialized journal.

NIEHS researcher Samuel Wilson, M.D., will take on the role of editor-in-chief of the journal DNA Repair Jan. 1, 2013. This is the first time a National Institutes of Health (NIH) researcher has held the position. When asked how he felt about his latest role, Wilson said, “I am looking forward to working with the publisher, editors, and advisors toward enhancing the impact and utility of the journal.”

A leading journal in its field

DNA Repair, established in 2001, grew out of the journal Mutation Research/DNA Repair, under the leadership of Errol Friedberg, M.D. Friedberg, who has served as editor-in-chief of the journal since its inception, announced his plans to retire at the end of this year.

DNA Repair is a leading scientific journal that publishes research on cellular responses to DNA damage. Over the years, DNA Repair has maintained a close working relationship with publisher Elsevier to promote high quality publications through the peer-review process.

The journal’s mission is to provide an alternative forum, by publishing original observations of cellular responses to DNA damage. The journal also accepts submissions that include letters to the editor, book reviews, and hot topics in DNA repair.

Looking to the future, Wilson said that one of his main objectives for DNA Repair is to see the journal expand its scope and facilitate DNA repair research internationally.

Expanding service to science

Wilson’s current research explores mechanisms of base excision DNA repair, with an emphasis on DNA polymerase beta. In four decades, as an NIH researcher, Wilson has published more than 400 research articles, been a member of numerous committees, and served as deputy director and acting director of NIEHS. Wilson said that he considers the editor-in-chief position a way to continue serving the field of science, while increasing the relevance of research in DNA repair.

(Shannon Duncan is an administrative technician in the NIEHS Laboratory of Structural Biology.) 

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