Editor of Cell and Editor-in-Chief of Cell Press
As the Editor of Cell and Editor-in-Chief of Cell Press, Emilie Marcus is charged with crafting an editorial vision for one of the world’s leading biomedical research journals and is responsible for identifying and promoting new scientific and technological trends that will shape the future of scientific research. She comes to the position after a successful graduate and postdoctoral research career, first at Yale University where she received her PhD in Biology/Neuroscience in 1993 and then at the Salk Institute and UCSD. It is through these 15 years in dynamic research environments at world-class academic institutions that she acquired the necessary skills of identifying important scientific questions and evaluating scientific data.
A highly experienced editor– at Neuron from 1998 to 2003 before taking the helm at Cell– Emilie uses her broad training and expertise to guide the legendary journal into the 21st century. Most recently, under her editorship Cell has launched a new section called Leading Edge which expands the realm of content in the journal beyond primary research results to include dynamic and interactive commentaries, opinions and debates on global issues and policies that directly affect scientific research. She has also introduced new online features that allow readers to post comments on Cell papers to encourage dialogue within the scientific community and PaperClips that provide brief editorial interviews with selected authors aimed at highlighting exciting implications of a published paper that are not captured in print.
In addition to her scientific and editorial skills, as the Editor-in-Chief of Cell Press Emilie has travelled extensively in the US, Europe and Asia meeting with scientists to discuss current challenges in science, publishing and information access and has contributed significantly to debates on global publishing issues, including questions about the value and robustness of the peer-review process, handling potential conflicts of interest for authors, reviewers and editors, scientific misconduct and data manipulation, the impact of new information technologies (blogs, wikis and data and text-mining capabilities), new publishing business models, and the uses and abuses of impact factor as a measure of journal quality. She has served as a panelist on open debates on alternative access publishing models at Harvard and Brandeis Universities and on the publishing ethics panel at the 2006 Annual Meeting of the Council of Science Editors and is frequently asked to give talks at universities on the editorial process. She championed a new policy, launched in 2005, to make all content in the Cell Press journals– back to 1995– freely available online 12 months after publication. One of her peers and mentors describes Emilie as an editor with “lots of energy, a very high intellect and integrity.” Her desire to advance science is evident in her commitment to addressing the challenges facing scientists, scientific publishing, and scholarly communications.
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