Announcement

JBC seeks new editor-in-chief

Angela Hopp
March 5, 2021

The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is accepting applications and nominations for the next editor-in-chief of its flagship publication, the Journal of Biological Chemistry.

Lila Gierasch

Lila Gierasch, a distinguished professor at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, and the 11th editor of the journal, will complete her five-year term in June.

This changing of the guard comes just six months into the journal’s transition to gold open-access publishing.  In January, JBC and the ASBMB’s two other peer-reviewed publications — Journal of Lipid Research and Molecular & Cellular Proteomics — unveiled new websites making all of their articles freely available.

Stephen Miller

Stephen Miller, the society’s new executive director and a veteran staff member, said the next editor-in-chief will be arriving at a pivotal time in the journal’s history.

“This is an exciting time for JBC. We’re looking for a visionary leader who will be able to harness the opportunities that gold open access presents while staying true to the journal’s very high editorial standards,” he said. “The next editor-in-chief should be a public-facing advocate for research integrity, someone who is committed to maintaining a rewarding author experience, and someone who prioritizes diversity and inclusion at every step of the way.”

The ASBMB has established a search committee, which will be led by Isabel Casas, the society’s director for publications. You can read the job description here. All applications and nominations should be sent to EICsearch@asbmb.org.

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Angela Hopp

Angela Hopp is executive editor of ASBMB Today and communications director for the ASBMB. She began her career in print journalism in 2000. She was a news and business copy editor at the Arkansas Democrat–Gazette and then a news copy editor at the Houston Chronicle, in her hometown. After a decade in the volatile newspaper business, she moved into the more stable field of public relations, first as a communicator for the University of Houston's research division and later as a media-relations officer covering engineering, technology and optometry. She joined the ASBMB in 2009 as managing editor for special projects at the Journal of Biological Chemistry, became editor of ASBMB Today in 2012 and became communications director in 2015. In the years since, she has built a talented team dedicated to telling stories about research and the scientists who conduct it. She is grateful for the volunteer contributors who make the magazine possible.

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