Continuing AGU’s Legacy in Publishing: AGU Advances’ New Editor in Chief


Last August, I announced the launch of AGU Advances, a new gold open access publication that will enhance our well-respected portfolio of journals by featuring cutting-edge scientific research. I am proud to announce that Susan Trumbore will serve as the inaugural editor in chief of AGU Advances.

Trumbore is director of the Department of Biogeochemical Processes at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena, Germany. She also holds a part-time appointment as professor of Earth system science at the University of California, Irvine, and is an honorary professor in the Faculty of Geosciences and Chemistry at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena. She is also an established member of the AGU community. In addition to being an AGU Fellow, she is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and the 2018 recipient of the Benjamin Franklin Medal for Earth and Environmental Science.

Susan Trumbore, the inaugural editor in chief of AGU’s new journal, AGU Advances. Credit: Sven Doering (https://svendoering.com/)

Before taking on her latest role with AGU Advances, Trumbore was editor in chief of AGU’s journal Global Biogeochemical Cycles (GBC) from 2014 through 2017. While overseeing GBC, she endeavored to publish more studies addressing humanity’s influence on biogeochemical cycles and oversaw special issues on the Amazon’s changing role in the global carbon cycle and regional to global implications of changes in land use. Her own research focuses on tracing radiocarbon produced during nuclear tests in the 1950s and 1960s through vegetation and soils to better understand the role of land in the global carbon cycle. This research also sheds light on basic ecological questions, including how long carbon can be stabilized in soils and the age and growth rates of tropical trees.

Trumbore’s research and work have taken her across the globe, and she knows firsthand the resonance of the important work that Earth and space scientists undertake. She has been looking ahead to engage not just editorial board members but also international scientific organizations. It’s this leadership and broad experience across the Earth sciences that make her an excellent editor to oversee AGU Advances. I’m confident in her ability to not only lead this journal but to help secure AGU’s legacy of publishing research from the brightest minds in the Earth and space sciences.

The first issue of AGU Advances will be published in the fall of 2019 and will be a home for papers that are of interest to researchers across the Earth and space science disciplines, the broader scientific community, policy makers, and the public. In partnership with Wiley, AGU Advances will publish timely research articles in a fully open access online journal.

This journal will be highly selective, producing approximately 150 to 200 articles per year. In addition to full-length research articles, AGU Advances will offer plain-language summaries and commentaries of interest to more general audiences and scientists working across disciplines. Submissions under consideration for publication in AGU Advances will be distributed to experts for rapid peer review. Trumbore’s experience as a journal editor will help her engage the editorial board to help ensure faster publication times and prompt access to quality research by AGU members, other researchers, and the general public.

Over the past 100 years, AGU scientists have contributed to historic scientific discoveries and have been committed to the open exchange of knowledge. AGU Advances aims to continue that legacy by communicating critical contributions from across the Earth and space sciences that meet the challenges facing our society today and present opportunities in the future. Trumbore, in concert with AGU’s other accomplished editors, will work with journal contributors and authors to ensure that the best Earth and space science research is shared globally to help disseminate the latest findings and benefit lives around the world.

I encourage our community to be on the lookout for the first issue of AGU Advances and to submit their research papers for consideration. Inquiries may be sent to [email protected].

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