Acta Histochemica et Cytochemica (AHC), the official journal of the Japan Society of Histochemistry and Cytochemistry (JSHC), will be published in the following new format beginning January 2006.
1. The official publication of AHC will be the presentation of articles at the electronic journal website: http://www.jstage.jst.go.jp/browse/ahc
2. Electronic publication of AHC will occur six times a year. AHC Advance Publication contains papers that have reached the corrected proof stage, but have yet to be included in an issue. This will enable a sharp reduction in the time required for publication. Alerts will be sent to applicants whenever a new AHC article is published.
3. Paper-bound issues of AHC will no longer be available to individual members.
4. One paper-bound issue of AHC that combines all the articles presented on the web will be available to corporate members, such as libraries, at the end of the year.
These changes in the publication system for AHC are based on a decision made at the council meeting and the general assembly at the annual meeting of JSHC in October 2005. The aim is to increase the activity and visibility of AHC by accelerating publication of high-quality papers. The electronic publication of AHC has been and will be supported by J-STAGE of the Japan Science and Technology Agency. Papers will be accessible at the above website in the form of PDFs, as they are now. We hope that readers of AHC will embrace these changes and will continue to give their support to make AHC into a journal of even higher quality. If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to write to firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to your continued contributions to AHC.