(Co-authored by Alexander Steinbüchel, Editor-in-Chief of AMB Express)
Every new journal we launch at SpringerOpen works hard to get into ISI’s Journal Citation Report. We’re therefore always excited when one makes it in, so we’re excited to announce that AMB Express is now tracked.
The recent achievement of the high-quality journal AMB Express namely its being indexed by ISI, has made this fully open access journal even more attractive for authors. In the few years since its launch the journal has published several excellent and highly cited papers. Therefore, we can expect that the first impact factor published in the Thomas Reuters Science Citation Index will be reasonably high. The editors of AMB Express will ensure that the journal’s performance and the quality of the published papers will continue to improve. Papers devoted to “Industrial Microbiology” and in particular “White and Red Biotechnology” are highly welcome; this also includes short papers in which important achievements are communicated.
White and red biotechnology have become increasingly important in the last decades, and they are steadily further developing and continuously increasing in importance and impacts for industry and society.
So, what are “red” and “white” biotechnology? Well, biotechnology as such deals with the use of living organisms and enzymes for various ends, including industrial uses, medical uses, and more. To differentiate these subareas (because they do have different foci), researchers have used colors to identify the specific sub-disciplines.
So “red” biotechnology refers to the use of living organisms and enzymes in medical products—for example, antibiotic manufacturing or the engineering of cures through genetic manipulation. While “white” biotechnology, also known as industrial biotechnology, refers to the use of living organisms and enzymes to synthesize and manufacture useful compounds, or the use of enzymes as industrial catalysts.
While AMB Express has a particular focus on these two “colors,” others include blue biotechnology, focusing on marine and aquatic biotechnology, and green biotechnology, which deals with biotechnology in agriculture.
You can read all of AMB Express’ open access content here.