Behind the acronyms ASCB + GSA = LSE stands a new editorial partnership between the American Society for Cell Biology (ASCB) and the Genetics Society of America (GSA) to support the online journal, CBE—Life Sciences Education (LSE). The journal, which was started by ASCB in 2002 as Cell Biology Education but changed to CBE—Life Sciences Education in 2006 to reflect the breadth of its educational coverage across all life sciences, will have a joint editorial board drawn from scientists in both societies. GSA will become a full editorial partner, promoting the journal, soliciting manuscripts, and contributing to its costs of operation while ASCB will remain the actual publisher. Erin Dolan will continue as LSE Editor-In-Chief.
In a joint editorial published yesterday in the new Fall 2013 issue of LSE, the executive directors of the two societies, Stefano Bertuzzi for ASCB, and Adam P. Fagen for GSA, say that the journal, which has become known for its data-driven analysis and evidence-based approach to improved teaching of the life sciences at all levels, has never been more important than in today's crisis atmosphere of plummeting budgets, workforce uncertainty, and lagging public knowledge about science. "From K-12 to secondary and higher education and lifelong learning, science education is in desperate need of data-driven reform, reinvestment, and reinvigoration," they write.
Fagen and Bertuzzi continue, "ASCB and GSA believe that there is neither time nor room for flag planting and parochialism. Rather than remaining only in our own silos, we will be more effective together, so we must join forces now."