Challenges seeks new Editor-In-Chief , February 18, 2015 06:12

Challenges (ISSN 2078-1547) is a unique open access journal. Over the past five years, we have published research proposals, research plans, research or technology ideas, policy studies relating to science and scholarly research, and open contests aiming at solving major challenges. This kind of scholarly content is typically not published in traditional research journals.

As the term of the current Editor-in-Chief Prof. Andreas Manz, will end in 2015, you are encouraged to nominate individuals who you feel should be considered for this position. Self-nomination is also welcomed. In general, the Editor-in-Chief is responsible for the technical content and quality of the journal publications. The Editorial Office will carry out the majority of the administrative work, including the invitation of peer reviewers, correspondence with authors, professional copy editing, English editing of accepted manuscripts, and assistance in promoting the journal.

A full application for evaluation should include:

  1. The latest CV
  2. A description of the candidate’s vision for Challenges

Application are due 30 April 2015.

Please address communications to Challenges Editorial Office, ( Questions concerning the day-to-day operations of the journal can be addressed to Dr. Joyce Zhou, (

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Viruses Awards 2015 - Winners, January 26, 2015 06:01

Dear Colleagues,

As Editor-in-Chief of Viruses, I am pleased to announce the winners of the Young Investigator in Virology Award and the two Travel Awards:

The 2015 Young Investigator in Virology Award for excellence in virology research goes to Dr. Jesse D. Bloom. After receiving his Ph.D. with Frances Arnold, he carried out postdoctoral work with David Baltimore, both at Caltech. Since 2011 he has been an Assistant Member in the Division of Basic Sciences at the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle. Dr. Bloom’s research combines experimental and computational approaches to study influenza virus. A major strength of his research is to seamlessly integrate molecular virology, next-generation sequencing, and computational biology to ask critical questions about influenza virus evolution. Dr. Bloom will also have the opportunity to present his work at the Viruses 2016 - At the Forefront of Virus–Host Interactions conference, Basel, 26–28 January 2016.

The runner-up is Dr. Alexander Ploss, Princeton University. Dr. Ploss performed his Ph.D. research at the Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center in New York in the lab of Eric Palmer and did postdoctoral research with Charles Rice at Rockefeller University. In 2013, he became an Assistant Professor at Princeton University. Dr. Ploss’s research is focused on addressing fundamental questions about hepatitis C virus replication using humanized mouse model systems.

Travel Awards were granted to Dr. Kirsty Renfree Short, post-doctoral researcher at Erasmus Medical Center, and to Dr. Redmond Smyth from the Institut de Biologie Moléculaire et Cellulaire, Strasbourg, France.

I would like to congratulate them all for this remarkable achievement!

Eric O. Freed

Editor–in–Chief Viruses (ISSN 1999-4915) Impact Factor 3.279 (2013 Journal Citation Reports®),

Please join the Viruses 2016 - At the Forefront of Virus–Host Interactions conference, Basel, 26–28 January 2016.

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Special Issue "Pneumoviruses and Metapneumoviruses" - Now Available in Book Format, January 21, 2014 06:53

The Viruses special issue "Pneumoviruses and Metapneumoviruses", guest edited by Helene F. Rosenberg and Joseph B. Domachowske is now available in book format. The book contains all 17 papers available on the special issue website.

To order your copy, please contact the editorial staff at One copy, hardcover, 328 pages, 170x240mm premium format, full color is CHF36 + shipping from Switzerland (Economy: CHF30/Europe; CHF38/International or Priority: CHF38/Europe; CHF50/ International).

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