The editorial team of The American Biology Teacher hope that you have had a productive and restful summer. We are pleased to welcome you back to a new school year with a new look for our journal that has just entered its 76th year of publication! Of course the “look and feel” of the journal have changed many times through three quarters of a century, but we are particularly pleased with this new version.
Thanks to the wonderful design work by Sandy Drooker and facilitated by Cheryl Owen Swope, our production coordinator at the University of California Press, we now have a bold new format for the cover that maintains our iconic full color image with an enhanced title and other changes that ensure that the NABT brand is clearly associated with the journal itself. We look forward to your comments on the new cover and hope that you will agree that this new masthead proudly identifies the journal and invites readers to explore the articles and strategies inside.
We have also made some changes inside the journal that we hope will enhance the utility and clarity of the contents. We have streamlined the various sections to include feature articles that will frequently include “instant updates” on topics of broad interest in the science of biology, followed by an occasional section featuring reports of research in life science education. The final two sections have always been among the most popular and provide readers with a wide range of interesting practical ideas that have been featured in the journal since its inauguration, but now with a new twist. We look forward to publishing laboratory activities in a section called “Inquiry and Investigations” and helpful hints and related strategies in “Tips, Tricks and Techniques.” We trust that you will find these sections useful and we hope that you will consider submitting your own ideas in the future.
Within the past few months we have shifted from several review systems to ScholarOne, the industry standard for processing scholarly articles. This shift has been positive but it did entail moving a number of articles submitted previously to the new system, resulting in a slight processing delay. At this writing, we have added more than 100 submissions to ScholarOne and we look forward to receiving one from you! The future of American Biology Teacher looks very bright given the diverse and interesting articles that are now being considered for publication. If you would like to help in the future of ABT, please consider being a reviewer. Just log onto the ScholarOne system and fill out a brief survey listing your interests and expertise. When there is a match between your interests and those of a new manuscript, we will invite you to become an external reviewer. In this role, you will provide valuable feedback to the author and editorial team and possibly learn what it takes to become an ABT author.
The growth in article submissions has encouraged us to appoint three individuals with extraordinary experience both as former biology teachers and in academic publishing, as Reviewing Editors. These individuals will select reviewers and then work with authors to shepherd manuscripts through the review and revision process. I am pleased to introduce you to Peggy Ward, UTeach Master Teacher and Kim Murie, senior PhD student both at the University of Arkansas and Paul Narguizian Associate Professor of Biology at the University of California, Los Angeles as new reviewing editors for The American Biology Teacher.
I am pleased to report that Kathy Westrich continues as our Assistant Editor with responsibility for assisting in article reviews with the rest of the team, while her major role centers on securing and preparing the photographs for the cover. However, Kathy faces a long-standing problem; there are simply not enough high-quality photographs submitted to grace our covers. The cover is such a wonderful place to showcase the work of our members, so please consider sending Kathy any image that tells a story about the natural world or about biology instruction. She will be happy to work with you and our designers to determine if the image can be used on the cover of ABT. On a personal note, many of you may know that I am an avid photographer. Kathy has told me that she plans to use several of my images on future issues of our journal, however, as editor it is my job to help get your work published. Please know that we are very happy to set aside any images of mine as suitable photographs from our readers are submitted. So, get those cameras clicking!
Lastly, we are pleased to announce that a tablet version of The American Biology Teacher will soon be available for e-readers, and through app versions on both Apple and Google devices. With these new options, the impressive content you have come to expect from the journal will now be delivered to you a way that make sense for your teaching needs and reading preferences.
No matter how you access The American Biology Teacher, in its on-line form, in print or in the new tablet version, we hope that the journal continues to engage you and support your contributions to biology teaching and learning.