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Magdalena Skipper

First female leader of the journal Nature

Ian Alderman Magdalena Skipper, new editor in chiefIan Alderman

British geneticist Magdalena Skipper, 49, is the new editor in chief of Nature, one of the world’s most prestigious scientific journals. She is the first woman to hold the position since the publication was launched in 1869, and will replace physicist Philip Campbell, who from July 1 will be editor in chief of the Springer Nature group. Magdalena is currently editor in chief of the journal Nature Communications and has worked at the group for more than 15 years. In a statement, she said that her mandate is to continue Nature’s leadership in ensuring the publication of reproducible research. She also stressed the importance of open science, which involves free access to information and the collaborative construction of knowledge. With a PhD in genetics from the University of Cambridge, UK, she has previously worked on the Encyclopaedia of DNA Elements project (ENCODE), which attempts to analyze the vast amount of information produced by the Human Genome Project.