Elsevier Science of the Netherlands has bought Cell Press, publisher of the journal Cell and its sister publications Immunity, Neuron, and Molecular Cell. Clearly regarding the acquisition as a coup, outgoing Elsevier CEO Herman Bruggink told the company's annual meeting this week that the purchase will enable the journals to move more strongly into electronic publishing.
Benjamin Lewin, Cell's editor since 1974, will stay at the helm of the journal and its sister titles. "Ben Lewin is Cell," says George Yancopoulos, a reviewing editor for the journal. It "is dominated by [his] view of what is hot."