Epigenetics & Chromatin: Epigenetics Goes Open Access


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While Landes Bioscience made headway by debuting a journal devoted solely to epigenetics (Epigenetics), BMC has really opened the door to epigenetics research by debuting the first open-access journal devoted to epigenetics. Epigenetics & Chromatin is a new open-access option for researchers wanting to make their research available to a wider audience. The co-editors, Steven Henikoff and Frank Grosveld, are open to a wide range of topic areas:

Epigenetics & Chromatin will publish articles aimed at understanding how gene and chromosomal elements are regulated and their activities maintained during cell division, self-renewal, differentiation and environmental alteration. Epigenetic research encompasses studies that use model systems to discover and investigate epigenetic mechanisms, as well as studies aimed at combating diseases that involve epigenetic processes. Topics include, but are not limited to, gene activation, silencing and imprinting, cellular reprogramming, nucleosome modification, assembly and remodeling, DNA methylation, chromatin structure and dynamics, chromosomal maintenance elements, dosage compensation, intra- and inter-chromosomal interactions and prion inheritance. Approaches that apply cutting-edge technologies to problems in the field are especially welcome.>

A publication fee of US$1800 is pretty standard fare for an open-access journal, and I’ve heard that many scientists are willing to pay the fee if it means increased awareness (and citations) of their work. I have to believe that with an increased focus on the field from a diverse arrange of disciplines, Epigenetics & Chromatin will be a popular and high impact journal. Link

Lab Atmosphere: Good, Bad, or Indifferent?


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One of the labs that I visited during my job interviews had the most amazing atmosphere of any lab that I have been in during my work thus far. Undeniably, it didn’t hurt that everything was clean and equipment was mostly boxed up, which meant there was no clutter to make the space less appealing. But the open sky windows and big glass windows didn’t hurt either, as well as the high, raised ceilings and plenty of space in between benchtops. Also, the adjacent lab was separated by an unclosed wall, which had the effect of making the space seem even larger. I was really looking forward to the chance to work there, knowing how much a working environment can affect your mood and, ultimately, productivity.

The lab that I’m in now has no windows, although I have plenty of benchtop and desk areas, and there’s very few people around to make noise or provide distraction, which can be a good or bad thing depending on how you want to to look at it. My question is: what is your lab environment like? Do you feel like it helps you be more productive, or could there definitely be some improvments that would make it much better?