Reviewed by: Michael R. Blake, Digital Resources Librarian, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
The International Scholarly Research Network (ISRN) is a group of researchers and editors publishing original research in a fast-track mode that respects the peer-review model of print. ISRN Biomathematics is just one of over 120 titles ISRN is publishing via open-access.
Like many new open-access titles, accepted articles are ‘published’ and those in the publishing pipeline, ‘Articles in Press,’ are listed with a ‘provisional PDF.’ An author’s affiliation and other ‘Scholarly Contributions’ are provided by author links in the ISRN network. In this environment, the ‘Academic Editors’ for the individual paper are listed; this is not a blind-review process like so many print journals. Dates of manuscript receipt and acceptance are also included. For the researcher in the field, an electronic table of contents alert system is available. The trend toward more open-access publication is a welcome one.
ISRN Biomathematics is a relatively new journal, with only 12 articles published at this writing. It publishes original research and review articles in all areas of biomathematics. The research is wide ranging, with the focus primarily within medical fields (“Modeling Transport and Flow Regulatory Mechanisms of the Kidney,” “Modelling the Role of Diagnosis, Treatment, and Health Education on Multidrug-Resistant Tuberculosis Dynamics,” “Transient Periodicity in a Morris-Lecar Neural System,” and “Inferring Biologically Relevant Models: Nested Canalyzing Functions” are examples of these).A sample title outside medicine is “Effects of Additional Foods to Predators on Nutrient-Consumer-Predator Food Chain Model.”
The scope of this last title could probably fit within one of ISRN’s other 119 titles. ISRN Biomathematics is indexed in Academic OneFile, Chemical Abstracts, Directory of Open Access Journals, Google Scholar, and InfoTrac Custom Journals, and will be of interest and use to researchers and scholars in in mathematical and computational biology.