Over the last decades, there has been an inflation in the number of new scientific journals, and, from a general point of view, this can be considered as an untoward development. Not infrequently, however, given the rate of production of scientific findings and the growth and diversification of many fields, an increase in the number of journals surely can reflect a healthy expansion. In my view, this indeed applies to the field of molecular evolution, a position with which others appear to agree (R. Kaufman, The Scientist, May 3, 1993, page 1).

Along with the Journal of Molecular Evolution and Molecular Biology and Evolution there is now a third journal, Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, which will no doubt contribute to the field, as well.

What goes for journals in this area also applies to societies: In the vast field covered by molecular evolution it is good...

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