Editorial Excellence

Recognising editors of journals with highly rated publishing experiences

These exceptional editors performed in the top 10% of qualifying journals* based on data collected from the Journal Author Satisfaction survey. 

Throughout the year we invite journal authors to provide feedback on their publishing experience. In 2020 we reviewed the prior year's data to identify the journals that exemplified editorial excellence. The top percentile of journals was determined by taking the mean of authors ratings of two statements from a 5 point scale: strongly disagree (1), disagree (2), neutral (3), agree (4), strongly agree (5). 

Those statements are:

  1. "The editorial advice and comments throughout the process helped to improve the paper" 
  2. "The editors managed the peer review process well" 

We thank the exceptional editors, past and present, who contributed to these achievements, as well as all of our valued journal editors and board members, for their continued dedication to advancing research. The work, commitment, and passion brought to Springer Nature journals each day is greatly appreciated. 

The top 10% of qualifying journals

More than 88% of authors that responded to the Journal Author Satisfaction survey ‘strongly agreed’ or ‘agreed’ with the statements about the editorial experience at these journals. *


11631Acta Geochimica

Yun Liu, Weidong Sun, Congqiang Liu, Binbin Wang, Ziyuan Ouyang, Xinbin Feng, Yongfei Zheng


10409Acta Mechanica Sinica

Zhigang Suo, Tian Jian Lu, Wei Shyy

40590Boletín de la Sociedad Matemática Mexicana

Eduardo Santillan Zeron, Eugenia O'Reilly, Ramon G. Plaza

10098Clean Technologies and Environmental Policy

Subhas K. Sikdar

10347Facies

Maurice Tucker, Wolfgang Kiessling, Axel Munnecke

41066Granular Computing

Shyi-Ming Chen, Witold Pedrycz

10755Innovative Higher Education

Claire Major

10764International Journal of Primatology

Joanna M. Setchell

11159International Review of Education

Paul Stanistreet

360Journal of Comparative Physiology 

Gerhard Heldmaier

13002Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine 

Andrea Pieroni



10735Journal of Molecular Histology

Ivelisse Sanchez

10964Journal of Youth and Adolescence 

Roger J. R. Levesque

11016Metascience 

Jonathan Simon, Brad Wray

11009Methodology and Computing in Applied Probability

Joseph Glaz

11059Neohelicon 

József Pál, Péter Hajdu


11282Oral Radiology

Junichi Asaumi

12549Palaeobiodiversity 

and 

Palaeoenvironments

Peter Königshof

11846Review of Managerial Science

Ralf Ewert, Wolfgang Kürsten

12015Stem Cell Reviews and Reports

Mariusz Z. Ratajczak


We also thank these editors whose journals scored in the top 25%. 

Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Economic Theory: Nicholas C. Yannelis
  • Educational Studies in Mathematics: Arthur Bakker
  • Financial Innovation: J. Leon Zha, Zhi Zhuo
  • GeoJournal: Barney Warf
  • Health Care Management Science: Gregory S. Zaric
  • Human Rights Review: Steven D. Roper
  • IIC - International Review of Intellectual Property and Competition Law: Reto M. Hilty, Josef Drexl
  • International Journal of Technology and Design Education: Marc J. de Vries
  • Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology: Paul Frick
  • Journal of Economic Interaction and Coordination: Shu-Heng Chen, Giulia Iori, Thomas Lux
  • Journal of Indian Philosophy: Diwakar Acharya
  • Journal of Intelligent Manufacturing: Andrew Kusiak
  • Journal of International Business Studies: Alain Verbeke
  • Journal of the Academy of Marketing Science: John Hulland
  • Psychiatric Quarterly: Jeffrey Borenstein
  • Publishing Research Quarterly: Robert E. Baensch
  • Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting: Cheng-Few Lee
  • Science & Education: Sibel Erduran
  • The European Journal of Health Economics: J.-Matthias Graf von der Schulenburg, Wolfgang Greiner
  • The Journal of Technology Transfer: Albert N. Link, Barry Bozeman, Donald S. Siegel, James Cunningham, Simon Mosey

Mathematics, Physical and Applied Sciences

  • Acta Geotechnica: Wei Wu
  • AI & SOCIETY: Karamjit S. Gill
  • Air Quality, Atmosphere & Health: Frank J. Kelly, Yong S. Chung
  • Applied Geomatics: Alessandro Capra, Gethin Roberts
  • Applied Mathematics & Optimization: Irena Lasiecka, Huyên Pham
  • Beiträge zur Algebra und Geometrie / Contributions to Algebra and Geometry: Daniel Greb, Gernot Stroth, Horst Martini
  • Contributions to Mineralogy and Petrology: Othmar Müntener, Timothy L. Grove
  • Empirical Software Engineering: Robert Feldt, Thomas Zimmermann
  • Engineering with Computers: Mark Shephard
  • Evolving Systems: Dimitar Filev, Nikola K. Kasabov, Plamen Angelov
  • International Journal of Coal Science & Technology: Wanjie Wang, Su Ping Peng, Shi Min Liu
  • International Journal of Dynamics and Control: Jian-Qiao Sun
  • International Journal of Metalcasting: Thomas Prucha
  • Journal of Applied Electrochemistry: Geradine G. Botte
  • Journal of Building Pathology and Rehabilitation: Esequiel F. T. Mesquita, João Manuel Paço Quesado Delgado
  • Journal of Chemical Sciences: S Natarajan
  • Journal of Cluster Science: Richard D. Adams, Boon Teo, Gareth Williams
  • Journal of Computational Electronics: Massimo V. Fischetti, Stephen Goodnick
  • Journal of Optics: L. N. Hazra
  • Journal of the Indian Society of Remote Sensing: George Joseph
  • Metallurgist: Elena Kh. Ivanova
  • Multimedia Systems: Thomas Plagemann
  • Nano Research: Hongjie Dai, Jin Ren, Yadong Li
  • Natural Resources Research: John Carranza
  • Neurophysiology: D. A. Vasilenko
  • Nexus Network Journal: Kim Williams, Michael J. Ostwald
  • Peer-to-Peer Networking and Applications: Xuemin Sherman Shen
  • Photonic Network Communications: Byrav Ramamurthy
  • Positivity: Ben de Pagter
  • Production Engineering: Hinnerk Hagenah, Marion Merklein
  • Research on Chemical Intermediates: Masakazu Anpo, Jinlong Zhang
  • Spatial Information Research: Jung-Sup Um, Venkatesh Raghavan
  • The Mathematical Intelligencer: Marjorie Senechal

Medicine and Life Sciences

  • Academic Psychiatry: Adam M. Brenner
  • Acta Neuropathologica: Johannes Attems
  • Antonie van Leeuwenhoek: Christopher Dunlap
  • Archives of Microbiology: Erko Stackebrandt
  • Brazilian Journal of Microbiology: Marina Baquerizo
  • Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology: Erin Bennett
  • Canadian Journal of Anesthesia/Journal canadien d'anesthésie: Gregory Bryson, Hilary Grocott
  • Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Francesco Dammacco
  • Comparative Clinical Pathology: Brenda Finney, Clifford Smith
  • Current Anesthesiology Reports: Martin J. London
  • Ecological Processes: Jiquan Chen
  • Emergency Radiology: Ronald J. Zagoria
  • Environmental Chemistry Letters: Didier Robert, Eric Lichtfouse, Jan Schwarzbauer
  • Food and Environmental Virology: Albert Bosch
  • Globalization and Health L Corinne Packer, Greg Martin, Ronald Labonte
  • Heart Failure Reviews: Hani N. Sabbah, Sidney Goldstein
  • Human Cell: Hiroaki Kataoka
  • In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology - Animal: Tetsuji Okamoto
  • Indian Journal of Clinical Biochemistry: Praveen Sharma, V.C. Kalia
  • Journal of Applied Genetics: Marek Switonski
  • Journal of Applied Phycology: Michael Borowitzka
  • Journal of Clinical Immunology: Jean-Laurent Casanova, Vincent Bonagura
  • Journal of Diabetes & Metabolic Disorders: Seyed Masoud Arzaghi, Bagher Larijani
  • Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research: Alice Castelli, Mauro Castelli
  • Journal of Fluorescence: Chris D. Geddes
  • Journal of Human Hypertension: Michael Stowasser
  • Journal of Pharmaceutical Innovation: Stephen Scypinski
  • Journal of Soil Science and Plant Nutrition: María Luz Mora
  • Journal of Ultrasound: Boris Brkljačić, Gian Ludovico Rapaccini, Cosima Schiavone, Gianfranco Vallone
  • Mammal Research: Karol Zub
  • Metabolic Brain Disease: Gregory W. Konat
  • Molecular Cancer: Christophe Nicot
  • Molecular Diversity: Hong-yu Li, Kunal Roy
  • Mycological Progress: Marc Stadler
  • Mycorrhiza: David P. Janos, Jan Colpaert
  • Neurotherapeutics: Maral Mouradian
  • Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants: Rana Pratap Singh, N. Raghuram
  • Plant Cell Reports: Neal C Stewart, Günther Hahne
  • Plant Methods: Ute Roessner
  • Plant Molecular Biology: Motoaki Seki
  • Probiotics and Antimicrobial Proteins: Michael Chikindas
  • Protoplasma: Peter Nick, Reimer Stick
  • Rheumatology International: Armen Yuri Gasparyan
  • Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy: Janet Zwick, Stephan Arndt
  • Sugar Tech: Sushil Solomon, Govind Pratap Rao
  • The Indian Journal of Pediatrics: SK Kabra
  • Tropical Animal Health and Production: Andre M. Almeida
  • Veterinary Research: Vincent Beringue

*Qualifying Criteria: Only journals with an external editorial board that receive ten or more responses from published corresponding authors in 2019 were considered in the analysis. The journal also had to receive an overall satisfaction score of or over the mean average for the year. From this selection of journals the top performing journals were chosen based on their mean score for the two statements “The editorial advice and comments throughout the process helped to improve the paper" and "The editors managed the peer review process well", asked about on a 5 point scale: strongly disagree (1), disagree (2), neutral (3), agree (4), strongly agree (5).

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