eLife announces Timothy Behrens as new Deputy Editor

Behrens, formerly a Senior Editor for eLife, is promoted to become a Deputy Editor.
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eLife is pleased to welcome Timothy (Tim) Behrens as a new Deputy Editor.

Behrens, Professor of Computational Neuroscience at Oxford University and University College London (UK), and a Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow, was formerly a Senior Editor for eLife. He will now work alongside Deputy Editors Detlef Weigel (Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Germany) and Anna Akhmanova (Utrecht University, the Netherlands) and with Editor-in-Chief Michael Eisen (University of California at Berkeley, US). His new role on the leadership team will involve helping to maintain eLife’s standards for scientific excellence, and contributing to policies and processes that ensure fair, constructive and effective peer review.

“I’m very excited to have been appointed as Deputy Editor,” Behrens says. “Being involved with eLife has always felt like an adventure and an experiment. The organisation is all about innovation in research communication and it feels to me like it is really having an impact in this area.”

“I am thrilled that Tim has agreed to join the eLife team and bring his dedication to our neuroscience community, his ideas about how to make science publishing work better for everyone, and his unbridled energy to our leadership team,” Eisen remarks.

Behrens’ appointment as eLife Deputy Editor comes shortly after Eisen’s announcement of new initiatives to enhance the value of eLife’s peer-review process. The goal of the initiatives is to make the outcomes of peer review more valuable to the community.

“It is a significant challenge to bring major new innovations to the publishing sector whilst maintaining an excellent quality journal,” Behrens says. “The plans for the next period are even more ambitious and I am looking forward to working with the whole eLife team to help make them happen.”

Behrens takes over from Deputy Editor Eve Marder, who stepped down at the end of 2019. eLife will have more to say about this in the coming days.


For more information about eLife’s new initiatives to enhance the value of our peer-review process, visit https://elifesci.org/peer-review-initiatives2019.

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