It is with mixed emotions that I am writing this letter to inform you of some changes to Retrovirology.
It is such a blessing that Retrovirology has had such great scientists involved in guiding the journal from its inception. On the one hand, it is sad for me to inform you that after nearly 15 years of service with Retrovirology (~10 years as Founding Associate Editor and ~6 years as co-Editor-in-Chief), our friend Prof Andrew Lever will be stepping down from his role of co-Editor-in-Chief in Retrvoriology as of 30th April 2019. Andrew will remain as an editorial member of our journal. Andrew has made tremendous contributions to retrovirus related research, in particular in the area of RNA, and is continuously revealing novel insights of retrovirus biology. More recently, Andrew has combined his passions toward both RNA biology and clinical practice to better understand HIV cure research. I understand there will be some interesting stories on their way. I will certainly miss Andrew’s regular guidance and support. (Andrew, I hope you do not mind that I probably will continue seek your advice from time to time.)I hope that you will join me to express our appreciation to Andrew for his service to Retrovirology.
They say that when one door closes, another door opens. This is very true for Retrovirology at this point in time. I am delighted to announce that an equally impressive researcher in our field has agreed to step in to become our next co-Editor-in-Chief, and this is Prof Susan R Ross (Sweeney Basic Sciences Professor and Head at Department of Microbiology and Immunology, College of Medicine, University of Illionis). We all know Susan as a world renowned retrovirologist with strong interest in both mouse retroviruses and other rodent viruses – including arenaviruses like Junin virus. I must admit that I learnt more about Susan’s back story through an interesting read from a recent featured article on Susan in PLoS Pathogens. I hope that you will join me in welcoming Susan to the editorial team in Retrovirology.
Andrew, Susan and I are working on a few other possibilities to enhance our journal. Hopefully, we will be able to share some of these exciting news with you all when they become available.