Mycopathologia 2020: Legacy and Change to Remain Relevant for Content, Creation, and Communication

Jean-Philippe Bouchara, Sanjay H Chotirmall, Ferry Hagen, Vishnu Chaturvedi

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The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic had a profound impact on the publishing landscape. The 'pre-peer-review' publication model is likely to become common as a lag in publishing is not acceptable in a pandemic or other time! Mycopathologia is well placed to adopt such changes with its improved editorial processes, article formats, author engagements, and published articles' access and citation. Mycopathologia had an improved journal impact factor and article downloads in 2018-2019. A limited sampling suggested a slight decrease in the total submissions in 2019 (352 articles) compared to 2018 (371 articles). However, the acceptance rate improved to 30% in 2019 from 19% in 2018. Nearly half of all submissions in 2019 were rejected before peer-review or transferred to other Springer Nature journals. The published articles were contributed from 34 different countries, with authors from China, the USA, and Brazil among the top three contributors. An enhanced editorial oversight allowed peer-reviewers to focus on fewer articles that were well-matched to their expertise, which led to lower rejection rates post-peer-review. The introduction of MycopathologiaGENOME and MycopathologiaIMAGE article types received a good reception with notable downloads and citations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)155-162
Number of pages8
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - May 2021


  • COVID-19
  • Guidelines as Topic
  • Humans
  • Journal Impact Factor
  • Mycology
  • Pandemics
  • Pathology
  • Peer Review, Research/standards
  • Periodicals as Topic/standards
  • Research Report/standards
  • SARS-CoV-2


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