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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:

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[…]

Introducing cross-referee commenting in peer review

Posted by on August 31st, 2016

This Editorial originally appeared in Development, Vol 143, Issue 17. Olivier Pourquié and Katherine Brown   At Development, we are always trying to improve our processes and service – for authors and readers. In April 2015, we made some changes to our peer review process, which aimed at encouraging a more constructive approach to peer review.[…]

Development meeting: From stem cells to human development

Posted by on May 27th, 2016

In September, Development will be holding the second of our ‘From stem cells to human development‘ meetings – following on from the hugely successful first event in Autumn 2014 (see here and here). This year’s meeting promises to be equally exciting, with a fantastic line-up of speakers (check out the preliminary program) and a great venue just[…]

Recovering from an earthquake: update from IMEG

Posted by on May 13th, 2016

I recently learned that the recent earthquakes in Kumamoto, Japan, severely affected the Institute of Molecular Embryology and Genetics (IMEG) – home to a large community of developmental biologists. Fortunately, none of the institute’s staff were seriously injured, but there was significant damage to the building and the research infrastructure and it will take a[…]

Editorial- Closing the circle: from organoids back to development

Posted by on March 15th, 2016

This editorial was written by Melissa Little and first appeared in Development.   Organogenesis is an inherently fascinating developmental process. It requires the creation of complex form and function from a collection of distinct cell types, all of which come together without a template. To achieve this, cells within the developing organ undergo differentiation, migration,[…]

Raw Data: a cautionary tale

Posted by on March 4th, 2016

I’ve just finished reading ‘Raw Data’ by Pernille Rørth. As a disclaimer, Pernille ran the lab next door to me when I was a postdoc, and as Editor in Chief at The EMBO Journal helped train me up as an editor – I’ve got a huge amount of respect and liking for her as a scientist[…]