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Behind the scenes at The EMBO Journal: the editorial process

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Tuesday 04 October 2016, 10:00 - 11:30


The peer reviewed research paper remains the main conduit for the exchange of research discoveries. With the diversification and growth of global research, publishing in selected journals and citation metrics are increasingly employed as surrogates for quality in research assessment. Consequently, the pressure to publish in a handful of journals has increased, putting the peer review system under strain.

My talk will shortly summarize EMBO’s organizational aim and activities and I will provide an overview of the four journals published by EMBO as an academic organization (The EMBO Journal/EMBOreports/MSB/EMBO Mol Medicine). Importantly, the Editorial Process as run at The EMBO Journal will be explained, thus outlining function and daily routines of scientific editors. As the pressures to publish increase, ethical abuses have come to the fore. I will discuss examples and how we address the problem. Finally, I will present a number of policies that EMBO has implemented under its 'transparent peer review' scheme and that ensure a fast, fair and informed editorial process.

Short CV:

Andrea worked with Jan Lohmann on stem cell maintenance in the plant Arabidopsis before moving to the field of trafficking. In 2009 she obtained her PhD from the Université Pierre et Marie Curie in Paris, for which she studied DE-Cadherin trafficking in Drosophila with Yohanns Bellaiche at the Curie Institute. She then went to Anne Ephrussi's lab at the EMBL in Heidelberg to work on oocyte polarity and mRNA trafficking in Drosophila. Andrea joined The EMBO Journal in 2013.

Location LEAF meeting room
Contact Andrea Leibfried
PhD, Editor, The EMBO Journal