Editor Essentials: Contributors


Agnieszka Freda, Publisher 

Agnieszka Freda

Agnieszka is a publisher overlooking a set of Psychiatry journals at Health and Medical Sciences Elsevier team. With Elsevier since 2013. Driven by love for science and knowledge dissemination. Karate blackbelt, mother of 2.


Andrew Miller, PhD, Executive Publisher at Elsevier

Andrew Miller

Andrew Miller is an Executive Publisher at Elsevier with responsibility for the management of a growing portfolio of clinical endocrinology journals and is based in Oxford, UK.


Catherine Carnovale, Publisher 

Catherine Carnovale

Cat joined the STM publishing team in Amsterdam in 2018 after stepping out of the lab from a postdoctoral position in Italy. Cat holds a PhD in applied physics from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology, for her research in nanobiotechnology. Now based back in Australia, she works as a Publisher on a computer science portfolio looking after a group of health technology and digital security journals.


Christopher Tancock, Senior Researcher Communications Manager

Christopher Tancock

Christopher Tancock has worked in STM publishing for the past 16 years. He joined Elsevier in 2006 where he initially worked on social science book projects before moving to journals. He has managed various portfolios as a journal publisher including linguistics, history, education, sociology and political science. He is now Editor-in-Chief of Elsevier's Editors', Authors' and Reviewers' Updates and works on related communications projects. Chris has degrees in European studies and linguistics from Royal Holloway and the University of Oxford respectively and is based in the Oxford office. In his spare time, he is a Community First Responder with the South Central Ambulance Service. Chris is the founder of Pint of Life, a new initiative which delivers free life-saving skills into the heart of the local community.


Claudia Lupp, Editorial Director, Elsevier, London UK 

Claudia Lupp

Claudia oversees Elsevier's editor engagement program aiming to improve training, development and support of the academic editorial community. Claudia started her publishing career in 2005 when she became the microbiology editor for Nature, and led the life sciences editorial team at Nature Communications from 2012 to 2014. She then moved to Elsevier to launch the open access journal Heliyon, and has been in her current role since 2018. Claudia holds a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering – Biotechnology from the University of Applied Sciences in Mannheim, Germany and a PhD in Cell & Molecular Biology from the University of Hawaii, USA and carried out postdoctoral research at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver, Canada.


Danie Descoteaux, Publisher, Ecology and Biodiversity


Danie is the publisher of 18 journals in the field of ecology broadly and has recently launched all-Open Access journals Climate Change Ecology, Nature-Based Solutions, and Environmental and Sustainability Indicators. She has been in the field of scholarly publishing since 2004, with previous positions as Acquisitions Editor for social science books. She is dedicated to identifying and understanding the changing needs of research communities, from research data management to advising societies on their journal development in a time of publication policy changes. 


Dawn Nahlen, Publisher, Health and Medical Sciences Journals 


Dawn has worked in nursing journals at Elsevier for 24 years, moving from copy editor to managing editor to publisher. She currently manages 12 nursing titles and has worked on another 6. Holding a master’s degree from the world’s oldest journalism school, she also has edited several books. She’s most proud of her roles as mother of 2 boys and spouse of a singer/songwriter/musician/producer.


Elizabeth Hancock, Editorial Team Leader

Izzy Hancock was an editorial team leader for Heliyon in London.   


Ginny Pittman, Executive Publisher, Health and Medical Sciences Journals


Ginny Pittman

Ginny leads the orthopedics portfolio in the US, with 18 open access and subscription journals. She has over 25 years of experience in scholarly research publishing and educational product development, making an impact in the healthcare and life sciences fields at Wolters Kluwer, Mary Ann Liebert Publishers and Wiley-Blackwell. She has presented to author communities at medical institutions globally and has created new approaches to portfolio development, metrics, and author/editor training and tools, earning multiple awards for innovation.


 Heather Luciano, Publisher

Heather Luciano

Heather has worked in the publishing industry since 2008 across editorial, marketing, and sales, and since 2016 at Elsevier as publisher of a portfolio of a dozen cardiology and ophthalmology journals. In addition, Heather has represented Elsevier at industry events and institutional workshops across the U.S. as well as in a publishing roadshow at some of China’s top medical institutions. She has also consulted on strategy for a medical society in Kenya in 2019 through Elsevier Foundation’s Research without Borders Program. Heather was nominated for Publisher’s Weekly Star Watch in 2019.


Lindsay Allen, Publisher

Lindsay Allen

Lindsay joined the Health and Medical Sciences journal group at Elsevier in 2018 after 10 years publishing engineering, computer science, and technology journals. Her portfolio of journals at Elsevier consists primarily of pathology titles. Lindsay has traveled from Philadelphia to institutions from Toronto to Hong Kong to educate researchers on topics in publishing, including ethics, open access, promoting research, and more.


 Lydia Briggs, Publisher, Life Sciences Journals

Lydia Briggs

Lydia has worked in journals publishing since 2009 in various subject areas including medicine, social science, life sciences, physical sciences, and engineering for Wiley-Blackwell, Taylor & Francis and their imprint Cogent OA. Lydia joined Elsevier in 2018 as a Publisher and is responsible for the development of a portfolio of basic endocrinology, neuroscience, and behaviour journals. Holding a degree in Biomedical Sciences and Master’s in Publishing, Lydia has a passion for science and scientific communication. Lydia is based in Oxford, UK.


Marianna Taffi

Marianna Taffi


Micheal Amato, Publisher, Computer Science Journals

Micheal Amato

Michael Amato joined Elsevier early 2018 and he is responsible for journals in theoretical computer science and software engineering. He is responsible for numerous interdisciplinary titles, such as Telematics & Informatics. Prior to joining Elsevier, Michael worked for Taylor & Francis, managing and developing a list of environment and agriculture titles. Michael has a wealth of experience developing titles in collaboration with editors, societies and institutions agriculture titles. Michael has a wealth of experience developing titles in collaboration with editors, societies and institutions.


Rebeka Collins, Senior Publisher, Health and Medical Sciences Journals


Rebekah Collins is an Executive Publisher at Elsevier with responsibility for the management of a portfolio within the Health Professions/Allied Health area. She is based in New York, NY. 


Sheba Agarwal-Jans, Publisher, Elsevier


Sheba Agarwal-Jans obtained her PhD in 2006 in the research field of genetics. She is now an Associate Journal Publisher with Elsevier and is based in Amsterdam. Sheba is currently responsible for the Immunology & Microbiology portfolio, consisting of 13 peer-reviewed journals.


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