Senior Commissioning Editor, Helen Eaton looks back at a great year for one of our oldest journals.

I always enjoy getting to the end of a year and looking back at all that the journal has done. 2017 was another busy year and we’re very proud of the great range of theme issues that we’ve published. As always, our thanks go to our fantastic Guest Editors, who put a huge amount of work into making these issues into such excellent resources for the research community. Thanks also to our authors and reviewers, without whom we couldn’t do this.

In 2017 we published issues across our main four broad areas: organismal biology, cell and development, health and disease and neuroscience and cognition. Many issues have been truly interdisciplinary, such as the issue on innovation in biological systems which looked for unifying principles from areas as diverse as bacterial genetics and cereal domestication. Our broad remit and flexibility means that we can cover topics all the way from lab-based research to policy work, such as in our issue reviewing the lessons learnt from the 2013–2016 Ebola epidemic, or in the issue which looked at how global food production might be optimised by improving the efficiency of photosynthesis.

These are just a few highlights, so please browse all 26 of our issues from last year to find one that interests you.

2017 facts and figures:

• 26 issues published: a total of 390 articles in over 3500 pages
• Over 1100 authors from over 40 countries
• 96 open access papers
• 1350 reviewers invited (and over 650 reviews completed)
• 9 million full-text downloads

Our most downloaded paper during 2017 was ‘Plastics recycling: challenges and opportunities’ – a 2009 paper by Jefferson Hopewell and colleagues that continues to be highly topical.

The top paper published during 2017 was ‘The evolution of transmission mode’ by Janis Antonovics et al. This article, part of a theme issue on the ecology and evolution of parasite transmission, reviewed our current understanding “why” and “when” different transmission modes are likely to evolve, and whether changed circumstances following pathogen entry into a human population would result in the evolutionary amplification of a particular transmission pathway.

We are always looking for new Guest Editors and topic ideas, so please get in touch if you are interested in working with us during 2018!

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