Introducing the new Earth and Space Science Editor

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We are delighted to announce that Graziella Caprarelli, associate professor-researcher at the International School of Planetary Science Research and assistant researcher at Astrophysics Center at the University of Southern Queensland, has just taken up his post as editor of Earth and Space Sciences. We asked her a few questions about her own research interests and her vision for the journal.

What are your own areas of scientific interest?

I am interested in the formation and evolution of planets. My research training at La Sapienza University in Rome, Italy was in isotopic geochemistry, petrology and mineral thermodynamics. The chemical and mineralogical compositions of igneous rocks give us insight into the regions of the mantle from which the magmas originate and provide information on the evolution of the magmas during their ascent through the lithosphere.

Early in my career, I worked in active volcanic areas in Italy and Japan, where I mainly focused on eruption stories in relation to possible volcanic hazards.

Early in my career, I worked in active volcanic areas in Italy and Japan, where I mainly focused on eruption stories in relation to possible volcanic hazards.

Subsequently, while investigating the Paleozoic convergent margin of southeastern Australia, I became interested in the link between magmatic and tectonic evolution.

I particularly appreciated the big questions emerging from this line of research, which have implications related to the formation of continental crust, plate tectonics, geodynamics and, ultimately, planetary evolution. From there, my scientific interests evolved organically into planetary science.

When the mission of the European Space Agency (ESA) Mars-Express spacecraft entered Mars orbit, I took the initiative to contact the heads of some of the scientific teams working on the mission and to propose collaborations. I was invited to spend a sabbatical in Pescara, Italy, in International School of Planetary Science Research, where I worked on data acquired by the High resolution stereo camera. This was followed by an invitation to visit the Istituto Nazionale di Astrofisica in Bologna, Italy, to work on data obtained by the MARSIS radar sounder. I have since officially joined the MARSIS scientific team, and I haven’t looked back.

Over the years, my Martian research has included volcanic, tectonic, fluvial and impact processes, which I study using all the analysis and processing tools at my disposal and applying accumulated knowledge and experience. throughout my career. My current research focuses on the stability of ice and water on Mars, with recent work including my contribution to the interpretation of bright radar reflections from the base of the southern polar cap.

What does it mean to you to be the editor of Earth and Space Sciences?

It’s an incredible honor, and I hope to be worthy of the trust AGU has placed in me. I am fully committed to serving the journal, its editorial board, its authors, its readers, and the AGU community to the best of my abilities.

The journal was founded in 2014 with the vision of creating a new platform for the dissemination of key data, observations, methods, instruments and models, presented in the context of their application.

Building on this mission, Dr. Peter A. Fox, who served as editor Earth and Space Sciences from 2019 until its sudden death in March 2021, underline the vast scientific understanding of planet Earth arising from such complexity, and shift focus from conventional post settings to the useful impact of posts. This approach continued under the impetus of my immediate predecessor at the head of the journal, the interim editor-in-chief, Dr. Benoît Pirenne, and through the work of the entire editorial board.

I love the idea that publishing scientific methods and data can make a real difference in the world.

I love the idea that publishing scientific methods and data can make a real difference in the world: this vision is truly inspiring, and for a journal like Earth and Space Sciences, which publishes articles in all the disciplinary fields represented by the AGU, it has the potential to stimulate excellence, innovation and discovery to yet unexplored heights.

It’s a huge challenge, but a good one, and I’m delighted to have had the opportunity to play a role in shaping this vision for the future.

Which makes Earth and Space Sciences special?

Since the journal encompasses all research on Earth, planets and space, we may “dare” to include contributions from niche areas that would not normally align with the more discipline-specific scope of other journals. of the AGU.

At the other end of the spectrum, we can pivot content to facilitate multidisciplinary approaches to problem solving and, taking this even further, “experiment” with transdisciplinarity to address the grand global challenges of our generation. This flexibility of scope gives us unprecedented insight into new scientific trends, allowing us to proactively engage the scientific community towards new discoveries and innovations.

How do you plan to develop the magazine in the years to come?

My predecessors have proven that it is possible to innovate, bridge disciplines, and break down boundaries while promoting and maintaining quality throughout the publishing process. This is evident in the high reputation acquired by the journal, despite its relatively young “age”. This success is due to the hard work and commitment of everyone involved.

Therefore, my primary responsibility is to ensure that the high standards expected of this journal are maintained. One way to achieve this is to broaden the disciplinary range of the editorial board by appointing new editors.

I’m very proud of the fact that the Editorial Board is already a shining example of gender diversity. However, this does not currently come with geographic representation, so I intend to invite editors from countries currently under-represented on the board. I have appointed three new editors, who have already joined the board, and I plan to consult regularly with the editorial board to further broaden the pool of expertise and diversity.

Diversity and inclusion are key guiding principles for me, and I want them to be reflected in every step of the publishing process.

Diversity and inclusion are key guiding principles for me, and I want them to be reflected in every step of the publishing process. This includes a commitment to regularly assess the diversity within our group of reviewers and to draw on the experience and knowledge of the editorial board and the wider AGU community to write and implement guidelines. ensuring inclusiveness.

Social media will be an integral part of the diversity and inclusion strategy: I intend to maintain a steady stream of posts across multiple platforms, showcase our principles and promote the work of our authors as widely as possible. If you use Twitter, please follow Earth and Space Sciences (@AGUEarthSpace).

The journal is the natural home of FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable) data practices, as these clearly underpin its entire philosophy. I intend to actively promote understanding of FAIR in the community and plan to explore how to embed, into the editorial process itself, user-friendly procedures to ensure consistent FAIR compliance.

To realize the vision of the journal, it will be essential to move it progressively towards the publication of digital research products respecting the scientific principle of reproducibility through uniform data and software sharing practices.

I envision the journal as a nexus for digital scholarship and intend to establish synergies with other AGU journals.

I envision the journal as a nexus for digital scholarship and intend to establish collaboration and synergies with other AGU journals to explore ways and technologies that can make this concept a reality thanks to the creation of a transformation center for the exchange of scientific information.

–Graziella Caprarelli, ([email protected], 0000-0001-9578-3228) Editor-in-Chief, Earth and Space Sciences

Quote: Caprarelli, G. (2022), Introducing the new editor of Earth and Space Sciences, Eos, 103, https://doi.org/10.1029/2022EO215003. Published on January 21, 2022.
This article does not represent the opinion of AGU, Eos, or any of its affiliates. This is the author’s opinion only.

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