Neurogenetics gets it's Nobel Journal of Neurogenetics

Journal of Neurogenetics

The 2017 Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine awarded to Jeffrey C. Hall, Michael Rosbash, and Michael W. Young is not only eminently well-deserved for discoveries both brilliant and beautiful but one that Journal of Neurogenetics readers can celebrate.  These investigators and the work they carried out over decades perfectly epitomize the power and promise of neurogenetics.  Those of us associated with the Journal of Neurogenetics also take special pride in noting that Jeff Hall advocated for the founding of this Journal, serving first as an Associate Editor and later as Editor-in-Chief for nearly two decades.1

In the broader context, not only does this award recognize the exceptional achievements of Hall, Rosbash, and Young but it is also a recognition—50 years after its founding—that the field of neurogenetics no longer needs to defend itself.  The insight, vision, and boldness of Seymour Benzer (1921-2007), the field’s founding father, is fully culminated with this award.  In discussions with young investigators in the field, we have found, much to our surprise, that there are many who have only the slightest familiarity with its origins and the contributions of those who paved the way for the work in which they are now engaged.  The name Benzer elicits a faint trace of recognition, akin to their response to the names of Mendel, Darwin, Morgan, Crick and others of some bygone eras.  But it is all shrouded in the misty past and not something they have read about in the latest issues of “high impact” journals, thus hardly meriting their time and attention. 

Barry Ganetzky, Associate Editor, Laboratory of Genetics, University of Wisconsin
Chun-Fang Wu, Editor-in-Chief, Department of Biology, University of Iowa

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  As a founding Editor, he applied rigorous standards and recruited papers of original discoveries from researchers in the nascent field. As a result, the Journal has reached an outstanding citation record for those papers published during his tenure as Editor‐in‐Chief, with an average of over 50 citations per paper and an unusually long mean citation half-­‐life of over 10 years. 

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