Succeeding Dr. Cynthia Dunbar as Blood editor-in-chief is Bob Löwenberg, MD, PhD, professor of hematology at Erasmus University Medical School, Rotterdam, The Netherlands. Dr. Löwenberg is the journal’s first non-North American editor-in-chief. Another change for 2013 is the addition to the editorial board of the journal’s first-ever deputy editor, Nancy Berliner, MD, chief of hematology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School in Boston. Dr. Löwenberg and Dr. Berliner assumed their positions on January 1 and marked the beginning of their tenure with a new article type – Blood Spotlight. Blood Spotlights are brief articles (less than 2,000 words) that focus on emerging scientific and clinical developments or on a recent burst of advances within a circumscribed area. The first Spotlight article (“Sense and nonsense of high-dose cytarabine for acute myeloid leukemia” authored by Dr. Löwenberg) appeared in the January 3, 2013, issue. Going forward, Blood Spotlight articles will be solicited and published based on the editors’ view of their relevance and impact. A number of other new Blood features will be introduced to readers over the next few months including a series of review articles that highlight particularly significant advances in biomedical and clinical/translational research. The four review series to be published in 2013 will focus on the following topics: epigenetics in hematology, cancer-related thrombotic disease, genome sequencing and its impact on hematology, and blood cells in vascular inflammation. Additionally, readers are now introduced to “Blood Hubs.” The idea behind this feature is to make available for the convenience of journal readers micro-websites that can be used to aggregate content and services around a particular topic or theme. Blood Hubs will be complementary to the Blood journal website and will provide a centralized place for readers to find content, including journal article lists, images and slideshows, and relevant multimedia. Visit the first Blood Hub on Pediatric Hematology. The next Blood Hub will focus on thrombocytopenia.
Read more about these new article types and products, and learn about the new editor and deputy editor in the Blood editor interview.
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