Emerging Infectious Diseases 20-year Timeline
Color Has Arrived
Color and a graphic image were added to EID journal covers after two years of publication. Previous covers were merely grey and white table of contents. Founding EID managing editor, Polyxeni Potter, said “I knew that we had to do better with the cover of the journal—make it more attractive and interesting so that readers would recognize it and pick it up.” So in March of 1997, the first color issue of EID with its now signature cover was printed. In addition to the timely, peer-reviewed scientific content of the journal, most readers would agree that the vivid, artistic covers of EID have helped distinguish it from other scientific journals.
This first color cover shows immunostaining of Ebola virus antigens within subepithelial vascular endothelial cells in a skin biopsy from a chimpanzee that died during the 1996 Gabon outbreak. 18 years later this is still a timely image.