Special Issue "Viruses Ten-Year Anniversary"
A special issue of Viruses (ISSN 1999-4915).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (1 July 2020).
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Viruses was launched by MDPI in 2009. At that time, open access journals were a relatively novel phenomenon, and much of my time as Editor-in-Chief was initially spent explaining the concept of open access and why it is a viable publication model. During the ensuing decade, open access has clearly caught on. There are now innumerable open-access journals, and while many are of dubious quality, funding agencies around the world are increasingly requiring that the research they support be published in an open-access format (1, 2). In 2009, Viruses published only 70 papers; this number swelled to 391 in 2017. The journal’s impact factor, which was 1.5 in 2011, increased to 3.761 in 2017. I am particularly proud of the journal’s outreach activities: we sponsor annual travel awards for students and postdocs and a biennial Viruses Young Investigator Award (3). In 2016 and again in 2018, we organized international virology conferences, held in Basel, Switzerland and Barcelona, Spain, respectively, and we are currently planning the Viruses 2020 conference, to be held again in Barcelona. We now have in place affiliation agreements with five virology societies from three continents: the American Society for Virology (ASV), Spanish Society for Virology (SEV), Canadian Society for Virology (CSV), Italian Society for Virology (SIV-ISV) and Australasian Virology Society (AVS). These agreements benefit the membership of the societies while at the same time increasing the profile of Viruses and promoting virology research globally. The progress that Viruses has made since 2009 would not have been possible without the dedication of the editorial staff and a stellar group of Associate Editors and Editorial Board members.
The past decade has also witnessed enormous developments in the field of virology. A curative therapy for hepatitis C virus (HCV) has been developed (4), and vaccines for human papillomavirus (HPV) are now widely available (5). Progress in a range of technologies, from high-throughput deep sequencing to cryo-electron microscopy, have made possible transformative insights into virus replication at the molecular, cellular, structural, and population levels. Despite this progress, events over the past decade—including global outbreaks of Ebola virus, Zika virus and the MERS coronavirus—have served as constant reminders that viruses will continue to pose a significant threat to human health.
This 10-year anniversary issue brings together a number of leading authors across plant, insect, and animal virology and prion research to share their research and insights. This Special Issue celebrates both the first decade of Viruses and the progress made in the field of virology over the past decade.
Dr. Eric O. Freed
Manuscript Submission Information
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