eLife has announced Anna Akhmanova, Professor of Cell Biology at Utrecht University in the Netherlands, as a new Deputy Editor. Working alongside Eve Marder (Brandeis University, US) and Detlef Weigel (Max Planck Institute for Developmental Biology, Germany), and reporting to Editor-in-Chief Randy Schekman (University of California at Berkeley, US), Akhmanova will share a range of responsibilities. She will join the other Deputy Editors in assigning new submissions across the life and biomedical sciences to eLife’s Senior Editors, help to maintain eLife’s standards for scientific excellence, and contribute to policies and processes that ensure fair and decisive peer review.
Akhmanova has been on the eLife Editorial Board for over three years, serving first as a Reviewing Editor and as a Senior Editor beginning in 2016. She takes over as eLife’s third Deputy Editor from Fiona Watt, who leaves her position at eLife in order to serve as Executive Chair of the UK Medical Research Council (MRC).
Akhmanova says: “It is an honour to be made Deputy Editor for eLife. This is a great opportunity for me to play a more significant role in improving the publishing climate for the life sciences. I look forward to being more involved in thinking up and testing new ways to make eLife an even stronger journal for the scientific and wider community.”
You can read the full announcement about this here.