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Killi-data News (Winter)


Valued readers, it is with a heavy heart that I inform you that this is the last issue of Killi-Data News. The good news is that we will be back as Killifish Research Review. The dissolution of Killi-Data International created a prob- lem: how can the newsletter of a defunct organization live on without that organization? But other additional problems were building in the background. The first issue numbered 15 pages. The previous issue was 28 pages. The number of killifish related papers is increasing while time on our end (the editorial team) is running out. It takes a lot of time to read the papers and put all the contributions together into the newsletter. Were it not for the people writing us to inform us that they appreciate our work we would probably give up. So we intend to continue in a new format. We are starting the journal afresh on Elsevier’s (formerly Bepress’s) Digital Commons platform which will enable us to publish reviews and summaries ad hoc, with open access and operating as a journal with a modicum of peer review. At this time we don’t yet have a link to the new journal page but this will be mailed out when we launch early next year. In the interim we hope you, the readers, will help us and come on board in a reviewer or contributor capacity. We need people with expertise in physiology, molecular phylogenetics, taxonomy, toxicology and ecology. As we are rebranding as a killifish review journal we are after review articles on killifish- related research. Submissions will be much appreciated.

There is a diverse assortment of papers reviewed in this issue. The special edition of Developmental Dynamics on an- nual fish has provided a lot of material (some of it was given in the previous issue). We draw your attention to Podrabsky and Arezo’s editorial which lays out the need for research on annual fish. We also have two papers that are relevant to your health: the effect of glyphosate on Aphanius and arsenic on Fundulus. We also have new descriptions and molecular systematics work. We are fortunate to have Bettina Reichenbacher reviewing the recent description of the new killifish genus, Pseudorestias. We hope you enjoy this issue and catch up with us in the new year at our new home on the Digital Commons.



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