Celebrating 85 years of service!

To mark our 85th anniversary, free online access to all journal articles published in 2017 is available through the end of the year.
Please browse journals that are new to you and revisit those that you rely on regularly. You may access articles via HTML directly. PDF access available via institutional or individual subscription, or pay per view purchase.

How well do you know Annual Reviews?
We got our start in the late 1920s when founder J. Murray Luck, Professor of Biochemistry at Stanford University, set out to review current research in the (then) emerging field of biochemistry, and found himself “dismayed … by the immensity of the task…” He asked leading professors in the field to write intelligent syntheses of the key primary literature.
In 1932, he published the first volume of the Annual Review of Biochemistry. It has become a foundational resource for relevant topics, enabling further discovery. Take a look today and revisit the science of yesterday, still relevant today:

Annual Review of Biochemistry, Volume 1, 1932
Permeability
The Metabolism of Brain and Nerve

Fast Forward to 2017: Scientific Literature Reviewed, from A to V
Today we publish 50 journals covering disciplines within the biomedical, life, physical, and social sciences, from Analytical Chemistry to Vision Science. Each journal provides a pathway to the relevant primary research across a number of topics within the field. Our authors critically examine a wide array of articles, papers, and books to provide objective overviews and summarize important ideas and findings.

We’ve recently added the following journals to our collection:

  • Cancer Biology
  • Vision Science
  • Linguistics
  • Virology
  • Statistics and Its Application
  • Organizational Psychology and Organizational Behavior
  • Animal Biosciences
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Chemical and Biomolecular Engineering
  • Marine Science
  • Economics
  • Financial Economics
  • Resource Economics

Publishing in 2018:

  • Biomedical Data Science
  • Control, Robotics, and Autonomous Systems
  • Criminology

Celebrate our 85th anniversary by revisiting your favorite Annual Review, or getting acquainted with a new title! Either way, Annual Reviews provides researchers with curated wisdom from hand-picked experts.

Annual Reviews appoints Eva Emerson to lead new digital magazine

Nonprofit publisher Annual Reviews is pleased to announce that Eva Emerson has been appointed editor to lead a digital publication called Knowable Magazine from Annual Reviews set to launch on October 26th 2017 at the World Conference of Science Journalists in San Francisco, CA. Eva has an outstanding track record in the communication of science, having most recently served as Editor of Science News.

Richard Gallagher, President and Editor-In-Chief said:

“Eva’s journalistic talent, digital publishing expertise and significant leadership ability make her a natural fit for this position. We’re delighted she has joined this innovative project in Annual Reviews’ 85th year of service to the research community.”

Knowable Magazine will use various forms of storytelling to explore the life, physical, and social sciences. Review articles from the Annual Review journals serve as springboards for journalistic pieces in Knowable Magazine, including in-depth features, explainers, and even comics. The online-only magazine will focus on explaining the real-world significance of research, punctuated with forays into the wonder of the world around us. This initiative receives support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

“Annual Reviews was founded to help scientists keep abreast of what was even then considered an overwhelming amount of relevant literature,” Eva says. “Its role is to synthesize understandings revealed in individual research articles into something larger – emerging trends, insights, analyses — and to articulate where scientific progress stands now, from the point of view of scientists working in their fields. Taking advantage of the digital space, the new magazine aims to reveal such milestones to a broad audience in compelling ways.”

A native of Los Angeles, Eva brings over 20 years of experience in science communication to the Annual Reviews team. As Managing Editor and then Editor in Chief of Science News, she helped to oversee a shift to daily digital journalism, the creation of a robust website and huge growth in social media followers. She is delighted to join nonprofit Annual Reviews. “We want to elevate intelligent, informed discourse. This feels especially urgent right now, given the erosion of public trust in facts that the Internet enables and thrives on.”

About the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation: The Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation fosters path-breaking scientific discovery, environmental conservation, patient care improvements and preservation of the special character of the Bay Area. Visit Moore.org and follow @MooreFound.

About the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation: The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is a philanthropic, not-for-profit grant making institution based in New York City. Founded in 1934 by industrialist Alfred P. Sloan Jr, the Foundation supports original research and education in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, and economics.

About Annual Reviews: Annual Reviews is a nonprofit publisher dedicated to synthesizing and integrating knowledge for the progress of science and benefit of society.  Journalists who require further information, access to our content or press contacts can visit the Press Center.

 

 

 

Annual Reviews appoints Rosie Mestel Deputy Editor of new digital magazine

Nonprofit publisher Annual Reviews is pleased to announce that Rosie Mestel has been appointed Deputy Editor of the new digital magazine, set to launch on October 26th 2017 at the World Conference of Science Journalists in San Francisco, CA. Editor Eva Emerson welcomed her, saying:

“I am thrilled to have Rosie on the team. She will play a leading role in the creation and development of the magazine. She brings an impressive resume as well as considerable enthusiasm to this new endeavor.”

Rosie was formerly the Chief Magazine Editor of Nature, running the journalism group. Before that, she worked at the Los Angeles Times as a reporter and then editor of science and health. She earned a PhD in genetics before switching careers and earning a certificate in science communication from UC Santa Cruz.

Knowable Magazine will use various forms of storytelling to explore the life, physical, and social sciences. Review articles from the Annual Review journals serve as springboards for journalistic pieces in Knowable Magazine, including in-depth features, explainers, and even comics. The online-only magazine will focus on explaining the real-world significance of research, punctuated with forays into the wonder of the world around us. This initiative receives support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Annual Reviews is a nonprofit publisher dedicated to synthesizing and integrating knowledge for the progress of science and benefit of society. Please visit the Annual Reviews Press Center to arrange an interview or sign up for media-only access to journal content.

 

 

Annual Reviews appoints Lindzi Wessel as Reporter for new digital magazine

Nonprofit publisher Annual Reviews is pleased to announce that Lindzi Wessel has been appointed Reporter for the new digital magazine, set to launch October 26th 2017 at the World Conference of Science Journalists in San Francisco, CA. Editor Eva Emerson welcomed her, saying:

I am delighted that Lindzi has joined our small but growing team. As hire number three, she will help to create stories that bridge the gap between our expert reviews and the needs of a wider general audience for engaging and accurate information that explains how science shapes our lives.

Lindzi joins us straight from an internship at Science Magazine as a news and feature writer and has published with STAT and The San Jose Mercury News among others. She is a graduate of the UC Santa Cruz Science Communication program and holds a master’s in neuroscience from UC Davis. 

Knowable Magazine will use various forms of storytelling to explore the life, physical, and social sciences. Review articles from the Annual Review journals serve as springboards for journalistic pieces in Knowable Magazine, including in-depth features, explainers, and even comics. The online-only magazine will focus on explaining the real-world significance of research, punctuated with forays into the wonder of the world around us. This initiative receives support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Annual Reviews is a nonprofit publisher dedicated to synthesizing and integrating knowledge for the progress of science and benefit of society. Please visit the Annual Reviews Press Center to sign up for media-only access to journal content.

Annual Reviews appoints Katie Fleeman as Audience Engagement Editor for Knowable Magazine

Nonprofit publisher Annual Reviews is pleased to announce that Katie Fleeman has been appointed Audience Engagement Editor for Knowable Magazine From Annual Reviews, a new digital publication, set to launch October 26, 2017 at the World Conference of Science Journalists in San Francisco (more information on our schedule).

Editor Eva Emerson welcomed her, saying:

“As hire number four to the Magazine team, Katie bridges the gap between our content and its audience, helping to ensure that stories reach and are shared by those who will be most impacted by the content. Her superb organizational ability and can-do attitude has already been a boon to the team.”

Katie brings experience in both academic publishing and mass media, with an emphasis on new, digitally-native publications. She joins us from the issues-driven media company ATTN:, where she was the second hire on the audience team and the first employee dedicated to analytics. Previously, she was on the marketing team at the nonprofit Open Access publisher PLOS, promoting both the blogs network and the suite of journals. She studied history at UC Berkeley.

Knowable Magazine will explore the real-world significance of scholarly research, punctuated with forays into wonder and awe. Review articles written by leading scholars from the nearly 50 Annual Review journals serve as springboards for stories in the online-only magazine. Through in-depth features, explainers, articles, essays, interviews, infographics, slideshows and comics, Knowable Magazine bridges the gap between review articles written by invited experts and the information needs of a broader audience. This initiative receives generous support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Annual Reviews is a nonprofit publisher dedicated to synthesizing and integrating knowledge for the progress of science and benefit of society. Please visit the Annual Reviews Press Center to sign up for media-only access to journal content.

Knowable Magazine from Annual Reviews: The Search for Answers, Fueled by Research

Adding a new voice to the growing offerings of online science journalism, Knowable Magazine from Annual Reviews will debut at the World Conference of Science Journalists in San Francisco on October 26, 2017.

This online-only magazine will explore the real-world significance of scholarly research, punctuated with forays into wonder and awe. Review articles written by leading scholars from the nearly 50 Annual Review journals serve as springboards for stories in Knowable Magazine. Through in-depth features, explainers, articles, essays, interviews, infographics, slideshows and comics, Knowable Magazine bridges the gap between review articles written by invited experts and the information needs of a broader audience.

This initiative receives generous support from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Explaining the relationship between Annual Reviews and Knowable Magazine, President and Editor-in-Chief Richard Gallagher says:

“Annual Reviews articles synthesize findings from individual studies into something larger, articulating where a field stands, what is controversial, and what the future may hold. Knowable Magazine will help share these insights with a wider audience in more approachable ways.”

In terms of what makes Knowable Magazine different from other sources of scientific information, Editor Eva Emerson says:

“We are following scientific developments, but our reporting is based on reviews that integrate years of study. We will be writing about areas that have matured, or failed to mature, providing panoramic views of science and its impacts. Many new results are intriguing, and worth covering, but seeing results in a deeper context can better reveal what actually makes a difference in peoples’ lives. That’s what we aim to do.”

Other staff members include: Rosie Mestel (Deputy Editor); Lindzi Wessel (Reporter) and Katie Fleeman (Audience Engagement Editor).

This new publication has an Advisory Group that comprises the following experts in scientific communication:

Knowable’s rich blend of content will appear on its own website and also be freely available under a Creative Commons license (CC BY-ND). If you are attending the World Conference of Science Journalists next week and want to meet the magazine team and other members of Annual Reviews, please check out our schedule here.

You can sign up for further updates about Knowable Magazine and connect with Knowable Magazine on Facebook and Twitter.

Knowable Magazine From Annual Reviews – launches @WCSJ17

It’s all systems go as we prepare to launch Knowable Magazine from Annual Reviews at the World Conference of Science Journalists (WCSJ) which starts on October 26 in San Francisco. Our new digital magazine is supported by generous grants from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation and the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation.

Knowable Magazine will explore the real-world significance of scholarly research, punctuated with forays into wonder and awe. Review articles written by leading scholars from the nearly 50 Annual Review journals serve as springboards for stories in the online-only magazine. Through in-depth features, explainers, articles, essays, interviews, infographics, slideshows and comics, Knowable Magazine bridges the gap between review articles written by invited experts and the information needs of a broader audience.

Knowable Magazine Editor, Eva Emerson, formerly of Science News said:

“Scientists have been incredibly successful in exploring and describing much of the world and universe. At Knowable Magazine, we want to provide a current picture of what’s known and what’s not known about important areas of research.”

For those of you coming to the WCSJ, here’s a snapshot of where you can find us and when.

If you need an additional reason to attend our “Meet the Knowable Editors” event (with chocolate) on Friday afternoon, then we are hoping to have an additional free item to give away to the first 100 people who show up.

Rosie Mestel, Deputy Editor for Knowable Magazine, will also be at the Unofficial Pop-Up Pitch Slam on Saturday, October 28.

You can sign up for further updates about Knowable Magazine and connect with Knowable Magazine on Facebook and Twitter.

Annual Reviews is a nonprofit publisher dedicated to synthesizing and integrating knowledge for the progress of science and benefit of society. Please visit the Annual Reviews Press Center to sign up for media-only access to journal content.

 

Board Member Sandra Faber receives 2017 Gruber Foundation Cosmology Prize

Annual Reviews is fortunate to have many scientific luminaries serving on its Board of Directors. One of these is Professor and Astronomer Sandra Faber, who is the Board’s Vice-Chairperson, and Co-Editor of the Annual Review of Astronomy and Astrophysics. We are delighted to announce that today she has won the prestigious Gruber Foundation Cosmology Prize for her groundbreaking studies of the structure, dynamics, and evolution of galaxies.

Computer simulation of a galaxy. Credit: Max Planck Institute for Astrophysics.

Among the key accomplishments of her more than four decades of research is pioneering work on the study of dark matter and its relationship to formation of galaxies, and the demonstration that black holes reside at the heart of most large galaxies. She has also made significant contributions to innovations in telescope technology that have revolutionized modern astronomy.

Sandra, who is Professor Emerita at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and Astronomer Emerita of the University of California Observatories believes that “Astronomical knowledge is probably the most important single discipline that you need to know in order to be an informed citizen of earth.”

Please join us in congratulating Professor Sandra Faber on this award celebrating her extraordinary achievements in Astronomy.

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Annual Reviews appoints two Associate Editors-in-Chief

Nonprofit publisher Annual Reviews is pleased to announce that Natalie DeWitt has been appointed Associate Editor-In-Chief and Corporate Secretary dividing her time between these roles. She will work alongside Richard Gallagher, President and Editor-In-Chief, and Jennifer Jongsma, who has also been promoted to Associate Editor-In-Chief and will continue in her current role as Director of Production.

Natalie’s extensive academic credentials include a Postdoctoral Fellowship in Cell Biology from Yale University, and a PhD in Cell and Molecular Biology from the University of Wisconsin. Her professional experience ranges from Senior Editor at Nature & Nature Biotechnology to Director of Scientific Affairs at Institute Pasteur Korea,  and most recently, the founder and sole proprietor of a strategic scientific communications consultancy.

Richard Gallagher, President and Editor-In-Chief said:

“The bonds between Annual Reviews and the over 500 world-class scientists that serve on our committees are unique in the publishing world and are at the heart of Annual Reviews success and relevance. Jennifer, Natalie and I will work together to support our Production Editors in maintaining strong relations between our organization and these key individuals. “

Natalie’s responsibilities are broad and include maintaining our existing high standards of governance, representing Annual Reviews at professional meetings, speaking at conferences, and prioritizing relationships with our Board and Editorial Committee members to ensure the continued smooth running of Annual Review’s collection of 47 journals in the life, biomedical, physical and social sciences.

Annual Reviews is a nonprofit publisher dedicated to synthesizing and integrating knowledge for the progress of science and benefit of society.  Journalists who require further information, access to our content or press contacts can visit the Press Center.

 

 

 

Eugene Garfield – 1925-2017 – a life of impact

Eugene Garfield. May 9th, 2007.

By Richard Gallagher, President and Editor-In-Chief of Annual Reviews. 

It is with great sadness that I write to share the news that Dr. Eugene Garfield, one of the longest serving members of the Annual Reviews Board of Directors, passed away yesterday (26th February 2017) at the age of 91. Throughout his tenure Gene provided invaluable and enthusiastic support to us.

That Gene’s life created an impact is undisputed.

He first mentioned the idea of an impact factor in science in 1955 and an article in JAMA tells the story of how he and Irving H. Sher created it. In research that he conducted in the late 1950s, he developed the concept of citation analysis, which provided researchers with a powerful network to identify, connect and retrieve information, decades before the internet.

Although he was an information scientist at heart, Gene’s entrepreneurial flair is revealed in a catalogue of highly successful business ventures. The products that he developed from this research, including Current Contents and the Science Citation Index, are still in use today. Gene founded a very successful business, the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI), to produce these products and they were for many years part of Thomson Reuters until their IP and Science business was bought out in 2016 (now Clarivate Analytics). 

His influence extended well beyond scientific information.  Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin acknowledged Gene in their academic work on PageRank, the algorithm that powers their company’s search engine, leading Gene to be described as “the grandfather of Google.”

My relationship with Gene and his wife Meher goes back prior to my arrival at Annual Reviews in May 2015. I was privileged to work with him between 2002 and 2010 as Editor and Publisher at The Scientist, a professional magazine for life scientists that Gene founded in 1986. He had boldly envisaged it as a daily newspaper for scientists distributed at campuses across the country, and we brought his vision to reality with The Scientist Daily, launched a decade ago. Ellis Rubinsten, an early employee of The Scientist who became Editor of Science, says that Gene’s encouragement of great science journalism ended up transforming both Science and Nature’s research coverage.

Gene was also a pioneering employer. The ISI office had a state-of-the-art childcare facility attached, maximizing convenience for the staff. And he trained and supported many of the female leaders in the publishing industry today. The awards that he inspired also give an indication of his interests, including The Eugene Garfield Residency in Science Librarianship and the ALISE Eugene Garfield Doctoral Dissertation Competition. He also supported and was a Board Member of Research!America.

News of a memorial service will be forthcoming and we will share it here. All of us at Annual Reviews offer our sincere condolences to his family. We are grateful for his life. He will be greatly missed. 

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