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  • Eur. J. Lipid Sci. Technol. 2010, 112, 153154 Editorial 153


    Looking back into the future

    EJLST just celebrated its 10th anniversary with the January 2010 issue. Looking back at theoverall development of EJLST during a decade, it is obvious that it has grown-up significantlyfrom its national German roots the previous journal name was Fett/Lipid to a well recognizedand highly reputed scientific journal. Nowadays, the European Journal of Lipid Science andTechnology is not just a platform for European scientists to publish their latest scientific dis-coveries in the area of fats, oils and lipids, but has become a truly international journal. This canbe easily seen by the numerous countries of submissions (Fig. 1), where we have observed asteady increase in paper submissions from non-European countries including Asia, Americaand Africa, which now account for more than 50% of all manuscripts.

    Figure 1. Regional distribution of manuscript submissions.

    When I took over the task as Editor-in-Chief two years ago from Fritz Spener, I set myselftwo initial targets until 2012: to achieve an impact factor around 1.5 and a further reduction ofthe time needed for the turnaround of manuscripts. Indeed, both goals have almost beenachieved with an IF of 1.354 for 2008 and a 5-year impact factor of 1.582. The averagemanuscript needs currently only 61 days until the first decision is made, and thanks to theefficient team at Wiley-VCH in Weinheim also the production times after acceptance (copy-editing, galley proof preparation, making articles available online, final print) are gettingshorter. Over the past ten years we have also noticed a substantial increase in the number ofarticle downloads, and just in the past five years this has doubled.

    The reasons for this steady success of EJLSTare many, but one major parameter is with-out doubt the wonderful team at the publishing house, managing the manuscript flow perfectly,and often performing numerous time consuming tasks behind the scenes. For almost 10 years,Ines Chyla was responsible for this, and her dedication to the journal significantly contributedto this success making her baby learning to crawl and then to walk upright and proud. Thenew team headed by Barbara Janssens and Lucie Kalvodova takes over a functional system,where we only have to make minor adjustments to make EJLST even more attractive for theupcoming years.

    The second pillar are the editorial board members with their untiring support in handlingnumerous manuscripts scientifically by cherry-picking appropriate reviewers, critically evalu-ating the results of the peer review process and making recommendations. This makes my taskas Editor-in-Chief often rather easy as I can rely on highly supportive, critical and encouragingtop scientists with profound knowledge in their key areas.

    Uwe Bornscheuer

    2010 WILEY-VCH Verlag GmbH & Co. KGaA, Weinheim www.ejlst.com

    DOI 10.1002/ejlt.201000017

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    A further factor, which contributes to the success of EJLST beside high quality originalpapers are the excellent review articles appearing frequently in the journal, and especially thespecial issues dedicated to certain hot topics, where I often sit down and enjoy reading themfrom first to last page. Furthermore, I believe that the issue published at the time of the annualEuro Fed Lipid conference not only strengthens the ties between the European lipid society andits official journal, but allows the symposium participants to read the contributions by theannual award winners right at the conference location. Another aspect, which some authorsmight not like so much, is that we also have been more and more critical and hence the numberof rejected manuscripts is increasing; the motivation is clearly to further enhance the quality ofthe published articles.

    It was really a pity for me to learn that Ines Chyla left Wiley-VCH [1] and that FranzUlberth, Michel Parmentier [2] and Sebastiano Banni now also leave the Editorial Board. I amvery, very grateful to them for all their efforts, and especially for a smooth transition while I tookover my new responsibility from Fritz Spener (who still is a constant and highly appreciatedhelp as a Honorary Editor).

    Looking into the future, I first would like to welcome our new Editorial Board membersSusan Carlson, Anna Nicolaou, Emma de Fabiani and Roland Verh (so now we have an equaldistribution between female and male scientists on the board!). Susan joined us almost 9months ago and is already perfectly used to the Scholar One system for handling manuscriptsand making recommendations, whereas Anna, Emma and Roland just started and will soonpresent themselves in upcoming Editorials. Last but not least, I am grateful to all members ofthe Editorial Advisory Board for their constant efforts in reviewing manuscripts.

    I am sure that EJLST will further prosper in its next decade, and I look very much forwardto exciting and innovative manuscript submissions.

    Uwe BornscheuerEditor-In-Chief


    [1] I. Chyla: The only constant is change, Eur. J. Lipid Sci. Technol. 2009, 111, 855856.[2] F. Ulberth, M. Parmentier: The winds of change are blowing, Eur. J. Lipid Sci. Technol. 2009, 111,


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