World Journal of Virology (WJV) is a high-quality, online, open-access, single-blind peer-reviewed journal published by the Baishideng Publishing Group (BPG). WJV accepts both solicited and unsolicited manuscripts. Articles published in WJV are high-quality, basic and clinical, influential research articles by established academic authors as well as new researchers. The paramount objective of WJV is to showcase and promote distinguished research in the field of virology, to help advance development of this field. The types of articles published in WJV include Editorial, Opinion Review, Frontier, Review, Minireview, Basic Study, Clinical Research, Systematic Review, Meta-analysis, Evidence-based Medicine, Field of Vision, Clinical Guidelines, Letter to the Editor, and Case Report.
REVIEW OF OUR WORK IN 2020
Submissions and publishing articles
In 2020, we received 23 submissions from around the world. The Science Editor Development Department made the first decisions for 18 manuscripts, and edited and made the second decisions for 11 manuscripts, and rejected 2 manuscripts (8.7%, 2/23). The Production Department published 9 articles (39.1%, 9/23) (Figure 1).
Figure 1 World Journal of Virology 2020 manuscript processing.
The numbers of manuscripts processed from submission through publication.
Among these 9 articles, 6 were published on the theme of the coronavirus 19 (COVID-19), 4 were invited manuscripts (44.4%, 4/9), 5 were unsolicited manuscripts (55.6%, 5/9), and 1 original article (11.1%, 1/9), 7 review articles (77.8%, 7/9), 1 other type article (11.1%, 1/9) (Figure 2A). The articles came from 6 countries and regions, including 3 articles from Chinese authors (33.3%, 3/9), 2 American authors (22.2%, 2/9), 1 Italian author (11.1%, 1/9), 1 Irish author (11.1%, 1/9), 1 South African author (11.1%, 1/9), and 1 author from Saudi Arabia (11.1%, 1/9) (Figure 2B).
Figure 2 Bibliographic data for articles published by the World Journal of Virology in 2020.
A: Article types; B: Authors’ countries.
In 2020, WJV accepted a total of 97 manuscript titles, including 74 for review articles (76.3%, 74/97), 21 for original articles (21.7%, 21/97), and 2 for editorials (2.1%, 2/97) (Figure 3). Among them, 9 (9.3%) manuscripts have been submitted online, and 4 (4.1%) manuscripts were submitted after the deadline. Eighty-four (86.6%) manuscripts have not been submitted yet.
Figure 3 Titles of invited manuscripts submitted for the various types of articles for consideration of publication in 2021 by the World Journal of Virology.
In 2020, WJV invited peer reviewers and editorial board members to review manuscripts 664 times. Of these invitations, 100 were accepted (15.1%, 100/664), 78 were rejected (11.70%, 78/664), 486 did not receive a response (73.2%, 486/664). Of the 100 accepted invitations, 31 peer review comments were submitted on time (31.0%, 31/100), 67 failed to submit peer review comments on time (67.0%, 67/100), and 2 have not yet submitted peer review comments.
Editorial Board members
In 2020, the WJV Editorial Board consisted of 28 members. In addition, 4 scientists applied for the Editorial Board and are awaiting evaluation. WJV Editorial Board members are from 17 countries and regions, including 6 from the United States (21.4%), 4 from Italy (14.3%), 3 from Ireland (10.7%), 2 from Egypt (7.1%), and 13 from various countries and regions (46.4%) (Figure 4). Seventeen Editorial Board members (60.7%) have completed a peer review on a manuscript, and nine members (32.1%) have not yet completed a peer review on a manuscript.
Figure 4 World Journal of Virology Editorial Board members are from 17 countries or regions.
The BPG appreciates the continuous support and submissions from authors and the dedicated efforts and expertise by our invited reviewers, many who are also serving on the Editorial Board.
Despite the challenges caused by the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic, scientists made great progress in the field of virology during 2020. We would appreciate the consideration of WJV for virology submissions. In 2021, we will continue to apply current publishing standards and take stronger steps to grow the Editorial Board and attract more high-quality submissions.