Worm is now an Online-Only Journal
Beginning in 2013 with Volume 2, Worm will transition to an online-only journal. The online-only format reduces the time between manuscript acceptance and final posting of the article PDF, as well as the time the article takes to be indexed on PubMed Central. For more information about the change to electronic publication, please contact the managing editor.
Worm is a new international peer-reviewed journal publishing original research involving 'worm' model organisms, in particular C. elegans. Worm publishes brief reports and longer research articles, technical and methodological advances and review articles covering all areas of research from development to evolution, from genetics to systems biology, from metabolism to neurobiology and from molecular biology to genomics.
The C. elegans field has grown tremendously in the past few years and has reached a size where it becomes difficult to keep track of the field. Observations made in an apparently unconnected area of research often can have unexpected implications for one’s own research. Worm aims to provide a forum for the worm community to promote research, ideas, and technical advances of interest to the entire community. It can also serve as a starting point for all other scientists who would like to keep up-to-date on worm research relevant for their particular area of interest.
The biological sciences are undergoing revolutionary changes triggered by technical advances and a wealth of information coming from genome-scale experiments. Many researchers find themselves falling between two stools because their latest research now bridges traditional fields. Worm encourages submission of manuscripts from all areas of research including research not fitting within the narrow scope of topic-related journals. If comments like "Your manuscript falls outside the scope of our journal" or "Your manuscript is not of sufficient interest to the readers of our [narrowly focused] journal" sound familiar, you should consider sending your manuscript to Worm instead. We encourage direct submission of manuscripts rejected elsewhere with reviewer's comments included for quick assessment and potentially rapid acceptance. If you have interesting results, but are in doubt whether this is sufficient for a full research paper or the results are mainly about C. elegans - you might want to send it to Worm. We encourage submissions of short reports and articles whose initial audience might be primarily the worm community itself. Informal inquiries are welcome. Please contact the Editor-in-Chief.