PLoS Computational Biology is pleased to acknowledge two of our editors, Philip E. Bourne and Lars Jensen, who have won prestigious awards in recent weeks.
Philip E. Bourne, PLoS Computational Biology Editor-in-Chief, was honoured with the Benjamin Franklin Award, given by the Bioinformatics Organization at the 2009 Bio-IT World Conference & Expo in Boston. We are particularly pleased to note that this award is given for Open Access in the Life Sciences and is in part due to Phil’s work with PLoS, along with his involvement and leadership roles in such innovative projects as the Protein Data Bank and Scivee.tv. Professor Bourne is a founding editor of PLoS Computational Biology, and his leadership has been a driving force for Open Access in this field and throughout the sciences. Read more about the presentation here.
A PLoS Computational Biology Associate Editor, Lars Jensen, is part of the team which won the Elsevier Grand Challenge, a competition to “describe and prototype a tool to improve the interpretation and identification of meaning in (online) journals and text databases relating to the life sciences.” Dr Jensen’s team from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory have developed Reflect, a program which can tag gene, protein, or small molecule names on any website. The competition itself has stimulated developments in science and science publishing, and we look forward to seeing new ways to improve, use and re-use journal content.