Associate Professor, Department of Anatomy and Cell Biology and UF Shands Cancer Center, University of Florida
Dr. Satya Narayan is working to understand the role of the tumor suppressor gene adenomatous polyposis coli (APC) in the initiation and progression of colorectal and breast carcinogenesis. He is also an associate editor of the Journal of Carcinogenesis, a journal published by BioMed Central as part of our start a new journal programme.
What prompted you to submit a paper to a BioMed Central journal?
I believe in the concept of open access publication. It provides an opportunity for scientists to publish their research work in a timely fashion. Articles being accessible online will save researchers a lot of time in the library, when they are writing manuscripts or grant proposals.
What was your assessment of the electronic submission and peer review process?
My experience of the electronic submission process for our papers was delightful. The review process was unbelievably fast and the comments were useful in strengthening the contents of our papers. It took only 2 - 4 weeks to publish our papers, which is a record in itself.
What do you think you gained from publishing in an open access journal?
Our papers got the immediate attention of the scientific community, which is certainly the greatest positive point. I noticed on the journal web pages that both our papers were in the list of top 10 articles that have been most read within the last 30 days, which I could have not imagined if they had been published somewhere else.