AGU welcomes Susan Trumbore as Editor in Chief of AGU Advances

24. April 2019
Press Release of the American Geophysical Union

WASHINGTON — Susan Trumbore has been selected as the Editor in Chief of the new journal, AGU Advances. In her new role, Trumbore will lead AGU Advances in publishing select and timely full-length research articles from across the Earth and space sciences in a fully open access online journal. This journal will focus on publishing papers that have immediate implications and are of interest to researchers across the Earth and space science disciplines, the broader scientific community, policy makers, and the public. In partnership with Wiley publishing, this highly selective journal will be available online and will produce approximately 150 to 200 articles per year.

Trumbore is Director of the Department of Biogeochemical Processes at the Max Planck Institute for Biogeochemistry in Jena, Germany. She also holds a part-time appointment as Professor of Earth System Science at the University of California, Irvine, and is honorary Professor in the Faculty of Geosciences and Chemistry at the Friedrich Schiller University of Jena. Trumbore is an AGU Fellow, a member of the National Academy of Sciences, and the 2018 recipient of the Benjamin Franklin Medal for Earth and Environmental Science.

Before taking on this role at AGU Advances, Trumbore was Editor in Chief of AGU's journal, Global Biogeochemical Cycles (GBC) from 2014 through 2017. While overseeing GBC, she endeavored to publish more studies addressing humanity’s influence on biogeochemical cycles and oversaw special issues on the Amazon’s changing role in the global carbon cycle, and regional to global implications of changes in land use. Her own research focuses on tracing radiocarbon produced during nuclear tests in the 1950s and 60s through vegetation and soils to better understand the role of land in the global carbon cycle. This research also sheds light on basic ecological questions, including how long carbon can be stabilized in soils and the age and growth rates of tropical trees.

“Susan knows firsthand the global resonance of the important work that Earth and space scientists undertake, which makes her an excellent editor to oversee AGU’s newest journal,” said Chris McEntee, AGU Executive Director and CEO. “Her leadership will help AGU continue to build upon our reputation as a leader in the field publishing prestigious and impactful scientific research. Launching this gold open access journal in our Centennial year demonstrates AGU’s commitment to accelerate scientific discovery and innovation to help benefit the global community over the next 100 years.”

"I'm honored to serve as the inaugural Editor in Chief of AGU Advances, and I look forward to working with a strong editorial board to publish innovative research that advances our ability to meet and overcome challenges facing humanity," Trumbore said. “By collaborating with other editors at AGU, I hope to strengthen the organization’s portfolio of journals and showcase significant findings in Earth and space science. I am particularly excited that AGU Advances will provide the Earth science community with a gold open access journal that will not only publish exceptional research but include commentary to communicate its importance to broader audiences."

In addition to full-length research articles, AGU Advances will publish plain-language summaries and commentaries to interest more general audiences and scientists working across disciplines. Submissions to AGU Advances will be distributed to experts for rapid peer review, resulting in fast publication times and rapid access to quality research.

"I'm proud of AGU's 100-year history. As we celebrate past discoveries and look forward to the centuries of science in support of humanity, AGU Advances will ensure AGU remains at the forefront of Earth and space research," said AGU President Robin Bell. "Sue shares this vision. Her global leadership in science, together with her experience as an editor, position her to be able to launch a successful scientific journal with broad international contributions. I'm excited to see how AGU Advances will help bring groundbreaking discoveries to our global community of scientists and the world."

The first issue of AGU Advances is scheduled to be published in the fall of 2019. Pre-submission inquiries may be sent to

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