Rodney L. Honeycutt
University Professor, Natural Science Division, Pepperdine University
Editorial Board Member for BMC Evolutionary Biology and BMC Research Notes
My students and I have published on a diversity of topics related to the molecular phylogenetics, molecular evolution, and population genetics of various groups of vertebrates. In particular, I am interested in the Mammal Tree of Life and the evolution of mammalian genomes. Some of our current research relates to processes that influence the genetic structure of populations.
My views on open access journals: Open access journals provide a fast and efficient way for an academician to publish his or her results. The BMC series is supported by a highly efficient editorial staff, which expedites both the review and publishing process. As a result, an individual does not have to wait for over a year or months to see his or her research published in a high quality format. Furthermore, the coverage a paper receives is several-fold higher than seen for a standard journal. Personally, I feel that open access is gradually replacing the standard way of publishing, and the overall expense to users is considerably less. In addition, the inclusion of supplemental materials allows access to information that is very useful to others.