The Editor-in-Chief, Prof. Cristiana Sebu, together with the Editorial Board, apologises to the readers and contributors for the delay in releasing this issue. which was mainly because of necessary technical updates, as well as to the exceptional circumstance due to the spread of the global pandemic COVID-19.
This issue opens with an extensive review by Schembri and colleagues of the scientific literature on the investigation of preconditioning, a complex, strong, evolutionary conserved cellular survival mechanism that is exhibited by different species as well as in different organs.
A study by Manwel Debono and Mario Thomas Vassallo investigates the influence of a number of personal factors (age, gender, skills level of job, sector of employment and knowledge of local employment laws, etc.) on the work-related outcomes of Filipino migrants in Malta.
An article by Cuschieri and colleagues evaluates whether the level of knowledge in reading nutritional labels in the Maltese population is correlated to their oral health status.
The issue concludes with a manuscript by Azzopardi et al. which evaluates the quality of communication between the dental clinics and dental laboratories from a dental laboratory technicians’ point of view and to offer means for improving communication between these two workplaces.
"Under the current circumstances, scientific research is a priority, and so remains our focus in this issue of Xjenza Online, both in the original research we publish and in our news coverage. Although rather brief, this issue includes four interesting articles signed by national and international authors", said Prof. Sebu.
The Editor-in-Chief stated that the scope of Xjenza Online, a peer-reviewed, free open access international journal, encompasses research articles, original research reports, reviews, short communications and scientific commentaries in all fields of science. While steadily improving its quality and standards during the past years, the journal not only provides a dedicated forum for publishing high-quality research articles in all areas of science in the Maltese Islands but also serves as the main launching and training platform into scientific publishing for a wide scope of potential authors, including students and young researchers, in a peer-reviewed environment.
"Over the years, the journal has evolved alongside the research community it serves. Since the first printed issue of the Xjenza in 1996, the journal has witnessed the progress of scientific effort across many disciplines. The Maltese islands are now the home to a rich and exciting scientific research as highlighted in this current issue", highlighted Prof. Sebu.
The Editor-in-Chief, Prof. Cristiana Sebu together with the Editorial Board would like to take the opportunity to invite researchers to contribute to Xjenza Online Volume 9. Pre-submission and general editorial inquiries, as well as all correspondence should be addressed to the Editor-in-Chief, Prof. Cristiana Sebu by email.