Editorial team and Arnold Berliner Award 2019
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Assisted by its board of editors, this issue of The Science of Nature – Naturwissenschaften has been handled by a new editorial team. The new team includes Matthias Waltert, the new Editor-in-Chief, and Ms. Paula Roig Boixeda, the new Managing Editor, and is based at the University of Goettingen in Germany. The former team, Sven Thatje and Rumyana Jeleva, has served the journal for many years and phased out its work over the past months. Sven Thatje owns a very special place in the journal’s history, not only because he completed ten years as Editor-in-Chief but also because he transformed a journal of the German-speaking community into one that is recognised by international bibliographical databases (Thatje 2015). On behalf of all the members of the editorial board, I thank Sven Thatje for his commitment in the past and his continuing advice regarding matters of editorship. I am also grateful to Lars Koerner for his confidence in handing over the responsibility of managing The Science of Nature to us and for helping to bridge the gap between the old and new editorial teams.
The Science of Nature will continue to ‘inform all those working in scientific fields, either researchers or teachers, about what interested them outside their own fields’ as stated by Arnold Berliner, the founder of Naturwissenschaften, in 1913 (Autrum 1988). Maintaining a platform that does not only address the own scientific peers is undoubtedly a difficult task, and it can only be successful with the support of an active team of editors who share this vision and jointly represent the breadth of all major scientific fields. Currently, the editorial board consists of a diverse group of scientists with backgrounds in the organismic biological sciences. Their expertise encompasses organic chemistry, geology, palaeontology, evolution, behaviour, morphology, physiology, and genetics as well as biogeography, ecology, and conservation. From a taxonomic point of view, most of the editors work with animals, but others have experience working with plants, fungi, and microbes. The editors hold positions at universities, are curators of museums or work at independent research institutions, and come from Europe, the Middle East, North America, and Australia. My sincere thanks go to all of them for their continuous support.
- Thatje S (2015) The science of nature - a new era, a new name for Naturwissenschaften. Sci Nat 102:6Google Scholar