The Science family of journals has announced two changes in editorial leadership that bolster the journal’s commitments to fostering scientific collaboration, developing policy to improve the rigor of scientific publishing, and to producing highest-quality content.
On August 1, 2022, Valda Vinson – who joined the Science staff over two decades ago, most recently serving as Editor, Research – will become Executive Editor of Science, and Lauren Kmec – involved in content production for the journal since 2005 – will become Science’s Managing Editor.
These promotions follow the departure of Monica Bradford, who served as Executive Editor of Science for over three decades. Bradford oversaw the peer-review and selection of manuscripts and the copyediting and proofreading processes for three Science family journals. She also played a key role in development of Science's website – including its redesign in 2021. Bradford will officially retire in September 2022, leaving behind a legacy of commitment to the journals and colleagues she served.
As Executive Editor, Dr. Vinson, who joined the Science staff in 1999, will oversee all activities related to peer review and the publication of research. In her past roles at the journal – as Associate Editor, Senior Editor and Deputy Editor – she handled research studies in the areas of structural biology, biochemistry, and biophysics. Most recently, as Editor, Research, she worked with editorial colleagues in the life sciences to attract important research papers and reviews for publication, while following and leading development of standards to support transparency and reproducibility.
In her new role, Dr. Vinson will continue to work with colleagues on Science’s editorial management team to develop editorial policies. She will also manage four Science family journals.
Dr. Vinson will also manage Science’s involvement in initiatives with external publishing industry stakeholders aimed at improving the rigor of scientific publishing.
As Science’s Managing Editor, Kmec, who joined the Science staff in 2005, will be the primary administrative officer of the journals, working closely with the journal’s editor-in-chief and its editors on the preparation of budgets, the coordination of contracts and of human resources policies as they impact journal staff, and in managing projects related to changes in editorial policies and information technology. She will also oversee copyediting of journal content and administration of various Science-sponsored prizes for early-career and other researchers.Click here to read the original press release.