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About: Katherine Brown

Biography:
I'm the Executive Editor of Development. My job involves working with the academic editors and the in-house team on the content and production of the journal, commissioning and editing review articles, attending conferences and generally keeping up-to-date with the field and the community. In my earlier life I was a developmental biologist working on eye morphogenesis in flies and then fish, before a stint as an editor at The EMBO Journal.
Website:
http://dev.biologists.org

Posts by Katherine Brown:

Publishing peer review reports

Posted by on September 5th, 2018

Last week, Development and our sister journal Journal of Cell Science signed an open letter coordinated by ASAPbio, signalling our intention to publish peer review reports alongside published papers. I’m really delighted to be making this commitment and wanted to take the opportunity to say a few words about our thinking behind this decision. So[…]

Scientific Reviews Editor for Development

Posted by on July 25th, 2018

We are still looking for a Scientific Reviews Editor for the journal Development – for full details, please see the job advert here. You may have noticed that this is not the first time we’ve posted this job. While we would ideally be hoping to recruit someone with some previous editorial experience, we don’t want[…]

Reviews Editor for the journal Development

Posted by on May 17th, 2018

We are currently seeking applications for the role of Reviews Editor for the journal Development, our flagship journal for the developmental biology and stem cell community. This is a permanent, full-time position. Joining an experienced and successful team, this is an exciting opportunity to make a significant contribution to one of the major journals in[…]

Scientific Copy Editor for the journal Development

Posted by on March 29th, 2018

The Company of Biologists is looking to recruit a Scientific Copy Editor for the journal Development – one of the leading international journals in the field of developmental biology. This is a permanent full-time position. The role entails copyediting articles to a high standard, compiling author corrections, overseeing the journal production process, and liaising with[…]

Developmental biology: ‘not a confined, specified discipline’?

Posted by on January 10th, 2018

Catching up after the holidays, I finally got around to reading Scott Gilbert‘s recently published essay in PloS Biology. In case you haven’t seen it yet, the essay proposes that developmental biology is ‘the stem cell of biological disciplines’, and that many other areas of biology – such as cell biology, genetics, immunology, oncology and[…]

Development introduces format-free submission

Posted by on April 20th, 2017

At Development, we are committed to making submission as easy as possible for our authors. We realise that submitting a paper to any journal can be a lengthy process: authors are asked to comply with detailed journal-specific guidelines without knowing whether the paper will be accepted or even peer-reviewed. We are therefore delighted to announce[…]

The Naked Scientists: from stem cells to brain cells

Posted by on April 12th, 2017

Last Sunday evening found me sitting in the BBC Cambridge radio studio, headphones on and mic in front of me, talking about developmental and stem cell biology with Dr. Chris Smith, better known as the naked scientist. Fortunately, both of us were fully clothed. For those of you who aren’t familiar with The Naked Scientists,[…]

Internship opportunity on the Node

Posted by on March 27th, 2017

I am delighted to announce that we are offering an opportunity for a 3-month internship on the Node. This is being offered as a PIPS placement to students on the BBSRC DTP program, or on similar programs where an internship forms part of the PhD training. If you have a passion for science communication and[…]

Preprints: biomedical science publication in the era of twitter and facebook

Posted by on October 27th, 2016

Earlier this week, I took part in a workshop on preprints – organised by Alfonso Martinez-Arias and held in Cambridge, UK. Inspired by the ASAPbio movement in the States, Alfonso felt it would be useful to bring discussion of the potential value of preprints more to the forefront in the UK. Happily, he was able to[…]

Would peer review work better if reviewers talked to each other? An interview for Retraction Watch

Posted by on September 21st, 2016

As you may have seen, we at Development have recently announced a change to our peer review process, introducing a cross-referee commenting step. This should be in place within the next week or two, and we’re hoping it will help us to make better decisions on papers, and to make the revision process easier for[…]