At the beginning of 2018 Plant Physiology initiated a program to introduce several promising early-career scientists to the editorial board and engage their expertise in assessing and writing about research published in the journal. Over the past two years these scientists brought their passion for science to the journal, communicating to our readers each month some of the most exciting advances in research. The Assistant Features Editors have added substantially to the plant science community and to the journal. Their contributions have expanded our content through commentaries, blog posts, and related material highlighting content of special interest in Plant Physiology. They have gained professionally as well and will build on their experience with the journal. Eleven of this first cohort of Assistant Features Editors stepped down from the editorial board this past month, and we would like to take this opportunity to thank them all for their service. Twelve of this cohort will remain on the board this year.
Indeed, the program has proven so successful that we are expanding its membership with 26 new Assistant Features Editors (listed below) who join the Plant Physiology editorial board this month and will work alongside our seasoned crew. We, too, have learned much from working with the Assistant Features Editors these past two years. Among other changes, we have honed the way we support their work in writing commentaries and have streamlined their handling through the journal online submission system. Additionally, in response to feedback from the first cohort, we are developing ways of formalizing some aspects of their training and are building a mentoring program for the Assitant Features Editors.
So, welcome! We are thrilled to see both the new and returning Assistant Features Editors with us. We want, also, to add our special thanks to the ASPB and ASPB Publications Committee for supporting this initiative. With these new members, we are pleased to note that the expanded board broadly reflects the topical distribution of research published in Plant Physiology.
The new AFEs are: Sam Amsbury (University of Leeds, UK); Martin Balcerowicz (Sainsbury Lab, University of Cambridge, UK); Marcelo Campos (Federal University of Mato Grosso, Brazil); Guillaume Charrier (INRA Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, France); Charles Copeland (Max Planck Institute for Plant Breeding Research, Cologne, Germany); Mehran Dastmalchi (Brock University, Canada); Elisa Dell’Aglio (French Institute of Applied Research, Lyon, France); David Favero (RIKEN, Yokohama, Japan); Anne-Sophie Fiorucci (University of Lausanne, Switzerland); Kasper Gelderen (Utrecht University, Netherlands); Sjon Hartman (Utrecht University, Netherlands); Eva Hellman (Sainsbury Lab, University of Cambridge, UK); Kerri Hunter (University of Helsinki, Finland); Konstantinos Koudounas (University of Tours, France); Javier Moreno (National University of Litoral – Conicet, Argentina); Ananya Mukherjee (University of Nebraska, USA); Lena Maria Müller (Boyce Thompson Institute, USA); Marc-Sven Roell (Heinrich-Heine University, Düsseldorf, Germany); Madeleine Seale (University of Oxford, UK); Michael Skelly (University of Edinburgh, UK); Marc Somssich (University of Melbourne, Australia); Tianhu Sun (Cornell University, USA); Dhineshkumar Thiruppathi (Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, USA); Stefanie Wege (University of Adelaide, Australia); Sophia Zebell (Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, USA); Wei Zhang (Kansas State University, USA)
The new AFEs are joining a subset of the first cohort, listed below, who have agreed to stay on for one more year to continue writing News and Views, help with the transition, and mentor the new AFEs. The continuing AFEs are: Nathaniel Butler (University of Wisconsin, USA); Charlotte Gommers (Wageningen University, Netherlands); Meisha Holloway-Phillips (University of Basel, Switzerland); Scott Hayes (CNB-CSIC, Madrid, Spain); Kim Johnson (La Trobe University, Australia); Magdalena Julkowska (KAUST, Saudi Arabia); Emily Larson (University of Bristol, UK); Amna Mhamdi (VIB Ghent, Belgium); Raimund Nagel (University of Leipzig, Germany); Lynn Richardson (Michigan State University, USA); Robert Skelton (South African Environmental Observation Network, South Africa); Yunqing Yu (Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, USA)