What is the team member’s role in a scientific journal, and how to become one? If you want to know the answers to these questions, please read the short interview with Anita Bernatek-Jakiel.

We would like to announce that one of our RT Leaders – Anita Bernatek-Jakiel – became a team member in the Advisory Board of Earth Surface Processes and Landforms journal. It is an interdisciplinary, international journal focused on physical geographical and geological processes and, as the journal itself describes, geosciences. It is also worth noting that the journal cares about the strategy of equality and diversity of women’s membership, which has grown recently.

1. Anita! How did it feel when you found out that you became a team member in the Advisory Board of Earth Surface Processes and Landforms journal? Did you expect this? 

I was stunned! I’ve never expected such an invitation, especially now when I’m still (as I feel) at the beginning of my research path.

2. Was this something you were planning to do or it was just coincidance which just clicked? 

No, I didn’t plan it. I was invited to be a member of the Advisory Board by Prof. Stuart Lane, Editor-in-Chief.

3. What one has to do to be in the advisory board? Is there a recruitment process? And is such a recruitment open for everyone? 

In Earth Surface Processes and Landforms (ESPL), it’s an honorary position without a recruitment process. One of the reasons I was selected was that I support the journal as a reviewer.

4. What will be your role and responsibilities as a member of the advisory board? 

We (Advisory Board members) are providing advice, and we can propose some initiatives such as Special Issues of the journal.

5. And lastly, what do you expect to get from this position? 

We will see 🙂 I’m happy that I can see how Advisory Board works. ESPL is widely known in the geomorphological community to be an excellent journal that ensures high quality of publications.

It will be great to see how the journal is developing and how people worldwide (as the Advisory Board members represent every continent except Antarctica) can support ESPL to keep a high scientific level and attract the best papers to be published in this journal.

Anita Bernatek-Jakiel – geographer, geomorphologist, Assistant Professor in the Institute of Geography and Spatial Management, Jagiellonian University. Her research is focused on soil erosion, especially connected with soil piping. She loves travelling and hiking in the mountains. She is in love with Central Asian and Spanish-speaking countries. Recently, she has tried to survive with her two crazy little sons, so she has started practising yoga and listening to relaxing music.

This post was brought to you by Anna Bartos and Magdalena Gus-Stolarczyk, members of the Land cover changes and soil organic carbon sequestration in the mountain ecosystems team.

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