Keystone Symposia meetings provide a unique forum for journal editors such as Cell Press’s Sannie Culbertson, to interact with field leaders and up-and-coming scientists about the latest research trends and advances in any given field. It is here, in these fertile research grounds, that they often discover the stories to showcase in upcoming issues of their journals, and novel ideas to pursue.
Sannie Culbertson, Ph.D., is the Editor for Trends in Biochemical Sciences at Cell Press. She will be perusing the lecture halls and poster sessions at the upcoming Intra- and Intercellular Mechanisms of Aging meeting in Vancouver, Canada searching for the latest and greatest in aging research.
Here she tells us she was looking for and what she’s is most excited about at the upcoming meeting.
Be sure to find her and tell her about your work!
How does this conference fit into the research landscape of the field?
Though some may not immediately connect traditional biochemistry to the exciting topic of aging, I feel the mechanisms and pathways of aging are indeed biochemical in nature; it is my goal to bring awareness to this connection and strengthen the bridge between the two fields.
What’s your top tip for a scientist looking to publish in your journal?
Propose your idea to Trends in Biochemical Sciences—I love to hear what has you excited!
Though there are instructions on our website, the key things I look for in a proposal include
- a clear indication of why this topic is important and why now
- a well-thought-out outline of what you intend to include in your manuscript
- a shortlist of recent articles (from the last 4 years) that support your idea
CAREER INSIGHT: What qualities do you think are important to be a good scientific editor?
Though a strong scientific background is definitely key to being a good scientific editor, I feel that, as a Trends editor, many soft skills are as necessary as scientific training. Daily, I am required to use my communication skills to interact with authors, reviewers, and different members of the scientific community (though most of this is via email, phone and video calls are also important), as well as to share ideas with the Trends team and others at Cell Press. Organizational and time-management skills are important for ensuring that deadlines are met, and self-motivation, dedication, and critical thinking prevent things from slipping off my radar. Luckily, I feel I acquired most of these skills during my graduate and postdoctoral training.
What’s the best way for attendees to get in touch with you at the meeting?
- Direct message the TIBS Twitter account @TrendsBiochem
- Email me at TIBS@cell.com
Follow up-to-the-minute coverage of the Inter- and Intracellular Mechanisms of Aging Meeting on Twitter:
See a specially curated Aging Research Reviews list here:
About the Author:
Sannie Culbertson, PhD– Editor, Trends in Biochemical Sciences of Cell Press
After growing up and receiving her education in the American Midwest, Sannie joined the Cell Press team as the Editor for Trends in Biochemical Sciences. She has a passion for science communication and advocacy, both of which ultimately drove her from the bench to her current position. She also enjoys being active, loves her dog, and can almost always be found with a book near at hand.