A few months ago, I was asked to write a introduction for newcomers to light microsopy for Molecular Biology of the Cell (MBOC). That paper is now out, and I’m pretty pleased with how it came out. It’s designed to provide a brief introduction to a graduate student or postdoc in cell biology who’s new to microscopy and wants a brief orientation to the field.
I’ve taken to turning down offers to write reviews because in general, I don’t think the impact is worth the effort required to write them (I also don’t like signing my copyright over to the publisher). I agreed to write this one because I think MBOC is a good journal – they focus on good science and all papers are freely accessible two months after publication and the Technical Perspective fills a useful role of providing orientation to newcomers in a field. I actually had a lot of fun writing the paper – it was nice to be able to sit down and write without having constantly refer to the literature or to data.