This article marks a turning of the page for Biology of Reproduction, as it is the first issue for the journal published by Oxford University Press. Biology of Reproduction was initiated in 1969 as a product of the newly formed Society for the Study of Reproduction (SSR). Since that time, the journal has been maintained as self-published with a goal to publish state-of-the-art findings in Reproduction. As with the field of Reproduction in the late 1960s, reproduction research was primarily conducted in traditional land grant institutions, and its members and initial society meetings were held at those institutions. This approach was of great benefit to the journal, since, unlike other Reproduction journals whose focus was on clinical reproduction, Biology of Reproduction had a broader scope and published work on model organisms, domestic and exotic species, and human reproduction. Over time, the journal evolved from publishing works primarily on reproductive physiology to molecular mechanisms at the levels of the genome and epigenome. During the past 48 years, the success of Biology of Reproduction has rested on a team of editors, associate editors, and peer reviewers, as well as the SSR Publications Committee. During the past decades and our tenure as editors-in-chief, the dedication and professional expertise of Jansen Editorial Services and its team (Judy Jansen, Melissa Clifton and Katrina Ashworth) has been outstanding, and we wholeheartedly thank them for their efforts that have made Biology of Reproduction strong for many years.
Now Biology of Reproduction will enter a new phase and be published by Oxford University Press. Oxford University Press is the largest university press in the world and a department of the University of Oxford; it furthers the University's objective of excellence in research, scholarship, and education by publishing worldwide. The move of Biology of Reproduction to this new publisher will help ensure the health of the journal, as well as of its owner, the SSR. Publication by Oxford University Press is more than a matter of revenue; it will help the journal keep abreast of rapid developments in technology and publishing modalities, as well as expand its global reach. The ultimate goal is to propel Biology of Reproduction to be the first place reproductive researchers publish their high-impact research, which is important for the journal, SSR, and the Reproduction field. These exciting new developments were engineered with the hard work and vision of Mary Ann Handel, as well as Past-Presidents Jock Findlay, Richard Schultz and Bruce Murphy and Executive Director Judy Jansen. In closing, this issue marks a key pivot in Biology of Reproduction and, with the efforts of the researchers in the field of Reproduction, it can be the start of greater things to come.
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