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Katherine Brown

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.


Posts by Katherine Brown

Locum Reviews Editor for Development

Posted by , on 6 January 2021

We currently have an opening for a Reviews Editor as a maternity cover position on Development. As this is a temporary position, we are specifically looking for candidates with editorial ...

Development through the pandemic

Posted by , on 2 December 2020

With this strange and difficult year drawing to a close, I wanted to take the opportunity to update our community on how things have been going at Development through pandemic ...

Development Special Issue: Imaging development, stem cells and regeneration

Posted by , on 3 November 2020

Development invites you to submit your latest research to our upcoming special issue: Imaging development, stem cells and regeneration. Imaging-based approaches have long played a role in the field of ...

The 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry: CRISPR/Cas technology

Posted by , on 12 October 2020

As I’m sure you’ve all heard, last week saw the 2020 Nobel Prize in Chemistry awarded to Emmanuelle Charpentier and Jennifer Doudna for their work on the CRISPR/Cas system. It’s ...

Inclusion and diversity in publishing - a joint commitment for action

Posted by , on 9 July 2020

In early June, as Black Lives Matter protests were gathering momentum across the globe, a group of publishers were brought together (virtually of course) by the Royal Society of Chemistry ...

Recent jobs by Katherine Brown

Reviews Editor for the journal Development

Posted by , on 11 October 2022

Development, published by The Company of Biologists, is currently seeking applications for a Reviews Editor, a role that has become available following an internal promotion. Development is our flagship journal for the developmental biology and stem cell community. Joining an experienced and successful team, this is an exciting opportunity to make a significant contribution to […]

Community Manager: the Node

Posted by , on 19 March 2021

The Company of Biologists and its journal Development are seeking to appoint a new Community Manager to run its successful community website ‘the Node’ ( and the journal’s social media activities. Launched in 2010, the Node is the place for the developmental biology community to share news, discuss issues relevant to the field and read […]

Recent comments by Katherine Brown

Agreed - we definitely expected to see more disruption. And while all the averages look normal, I think it's fair to say that we've seen greater variation in some of these metrics than most years! I also think we might continue to see effects well into the future as the long-term consequences of delayed experiments, lab shutdowns and funding squeezes continue to play out.
by Katherine Brown in Development through the pandemic on December 3, 2020
Indeed - and it's those corridor (or exhibition hall) conversations at conferences that are particularly hard to replace virtually. Hopefully we'll figure out better ways of doing this in the online space, and hopefully we'll be able to do it again in person one day!
by Katherine Brown in Staying connected during the COVID19 pandemic on May 22, 2020
Thanks for posting Sofia - this was a great idea and glad to hear it went well. What kind of 'objects' did the scientists bring along, and did some things work better than others to initiate discussion?
by Katherine Brown in Opening the doors of scientific conferences to local citizens on November 28, 2018
I'm interested to know whether any Node readers have experience with using sites like ReviewerCredits or Publons - why did you sign up, what do you get out of it and how do you think journals should engage with these initiatives? Any comments gratefully received below!
by Katherine Brown in Recognition and metrics for peer review activity: on April 26, 2017
Thanks for posting Ingo - this is an interesting initiative. Can you say anything about the kinds of errors that get reported and whether they've actually led to changes in research culture in the institute?
by Katherine Brown in LabCIRS – Learning from mistakes on December 14, 2016