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FOCIS announced Monday an affiliation with Science Immunology, a new journal published by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), set to debut in July. Download the press release (.pdf)

Science Immunology will publish original, peer-reviewed, science-based research articles that report critical advances in all areas of immunological research, including important new tools and techniques. FOCIS will serve through 2017 as a strategic advisor to Science Immunology and will provide complimentary access to the journal to FOCIS members. In 2017, AAAS will publish the FOCIS ePublication, Translational Immunology Update. Perspectives that emerge from FOCIS' annual meeting will be published as supplements to the journal or as ancillary materials on the journal's website.

"Science Immunology will provide a highly visible platform for the most exciting findings in immunology," said FOCIS President Frank Nestle, MD. "This dynamic new partnership represents a great opportunity for FOCIS members to contribute their research to a publication that advances FOCIS' mission of fostering interdisciplinary approaches to both understand and treat immune-based diseases"

Marcia McNutt, PhD, Editor-in-Chief of the Science family of journals noted that FOCIS' interdisciplinary approach to advancing human health through immunology makes the organization an ideal strategic partner for Science Immunology.

"I am delighted with the new agreement that will make Science Immunology free to all FOCIS members," said McNutt. "I hope that FOCIS members will consider sending their most exciting and original work to this new journal, especially if the research would benefit from communication to an interdisciplinary audience in cellular and clinical immunology."

From the Science Immunology editor, Angela Colmone, PhD:

At last month's FOCIS 2016 Annual Meeting in Boston, I was able to discuss the launch of Science's new journal, Science Immunology, in July 2016 with professors, post-doctorates, scientists, doctors and a variety of FOCIS members. It is becoming increasingly clear that the field of immunology is not limited to traditional studies of immune cells in health and disease. Rather, immune cells and tissue reciprocally interact in complementary—or sometimes adversarial—fashion. In addition, new technologies and systems are overcoming the limitations of conventional models and vastly broadening the sphere of questions that can be asked. In order to capture this expanding view of the immune system, Science is launching this new journal for the community-Science Immunology.

FOCIS stands as a clear leader in promoting human health through interventional and interdisciplinary immunology. Although Science Immunology will publish articles in all model organisms, human studies will be particularly emphasized. As such, FOCIS is ideally suited to serve as a strategic advisor to Science Immunology. Members of FOCIS senior leadership, including Chief Scientific Advisors FOCIS Past President Abul Abbas, MD, and Federica Sallusto, PhD as well as FOCIS President Frank Nestle, MD; FOCIS Vice President Jeffrey A. Bluestone, PhD; FOCIS Director At Large Megan Sykes, MD; Matthew L. Albert, MD, PhD; and Jane Hoyt Buckner, MD. serve on the Advisory Board of Science Immunology and will help define journal scope. Moreover, Science Immunology will publish Translational Immunology Update, written by FOCIS members, in association with the journal. As a result of this relationship, FOCIS members will receive complementary access to Science Immunology.

This is an exciting time to be an immunologist. New technologies and interdisciplinary studies are raising the field to new heights. Collaborative efforts such as the one between FOCIS and Science Immunology will highlight these advances. I look forward to reading your submissions!

FOCIS 2016 attendees attended a luncheon featuring Science Immunology editor Angela Colmone, PhD, on June 24, from 11:45 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Dr. Colmone discussed immunological innovations and interventions and other key topics to be covered in Science Immunology.

FOCIS' mission is to improve human health through immunology by fostering interdisciplinary approaches to both understand and treat immune-based diseases. Established in 2003, FOCIS has 58 Member Societies representing 65,000 clinician scientists.

AAAS is the world's largest general scientific society and publisher of the journal Science (www.sciencemag.org) as well as Science Translational Medicine, Science Signaling, a digital, open-access journal, Science Advances, and beginning in 2016, Science Immunology and Science Robotics. AAAS was founded in 1848 and includes some 250 affiliated societies and academies of science, serving 10 million individuals. Science has the largest paid circulation of any peer-reviewed general science journal in the world. The non-profit AAAS (www.aaas.org) is open to all and fulfills its mission to "advance science and serve society" through initiatives in science policy, international programs, science education, public engagement, and more. For the latest research news, log onto EurekAlert!, www.eurekalert.org, the premier science-news Web site, a service of AAAS.

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