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Company of Biologists completes Development archive

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Nick Birch <[log in to unmask]>

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An informal open list set up by the UK Serials Group <[log in to unmask]>

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Tue, 20 May 2008 17:45:16 +0100

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The following press release may be of interest to members of the
list. Apologies for any duplication.

Cambridge, UK 
20 May, 2008 


THE COMPANY OF BIOLOGISTS ANNOUNCES THE COMPLETION OF THE ONLINE ARCHIVE 
OF DEVELOPMENT

The Company of Biologists is delighted to announce the completion of the 
process of digital retroconversion of the archives of its journal, 
Development. The entire contents of Development’s predecessor, JEEM (the 
Journal of Embryology and Experimental Morphology) is now freely available 
online. 

The complete archive of JEEM, from its first issue in 1953 through to the 
final one in 1986 (after which the journal was renamed Development) can be 
accessed through Development’s website  (http://dev.biologists.org). It 
comprises over 40,000 pages of material, published over 33 years, and is 
now made available online for the first time. The archive is entirely free 
of charge for everyone irrespective of whether a personal or institutional 
subscription is held for Development’s current content.

JEEM was at the forefront of the major changes that the emerging 
discipline of developmental biology underwent in the postwar years from 
its foundation in 1953 by a very distinguished group of biologists. 

Why was this the right moment to launch a journal that was destined to be 
so influential in its field?

“New techniques were becoming available, and these forward-thinking 
embryologists and developmental biologists were keen to have a journal in 
which the exciting discoveries enabled by these new techniques could be 
reported. It is with great prescience that A.M. Dalq, one of the founding 
editors of the journal, observes in JEEM’s inaugural issue 
that ‘embryologists will now be confronted with an extraordinary extension 
of their field in depth, in space, and in time.’ These words remain 
relevant to this day, and they continue to inform the mission of 
Development, as they did JEEM’s, “ say Jim Smith and Jane Alfred, Editor-
in-Chief and Executive Editor of Development.

Many of the papers published in JEEM were destined to become classics – 
ones that influenced the ideas of a generation of developmental biologists 
and that continue to shape thinking in certain fields to this day. Some of 
the most influential articles will be highlighted in Development over the 
coming months in essays that will explain their significance to a new 
generation of researchers.

The Company of Biologists would like to acknowledge with thanks the help 
of its online publisher, HighWire Press in creating the archive and the 
generous support of the developmental community itself, many of whom 
donated personal copies of JEEM which enabled us to fill gaps in the 
Company’s own collections. 

This announcement marks the culmination of many years of effort and a 
considerable investment on the Company’s part in completing our archival 
project for all of our journals. Development joins Journal of Cell Science 
(complete archive available from 1853) and The Journal of Experimental 
Biology (from 1923) in offering its community free and unrestricted online 
access to a wealth of hugely significant material that was previously 
unavailable online.

For more information:
Nick Birch
The Company of Biologists
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