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. We reviewed the prior year's data to identify the journals that exemplified editorial excellence in 2020. 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. *


12248The AAPS Journal

Ho-Leung Fung

10440Acta Applicandae Mathematicae

John King, Benoît Perthame, Irene Fonseca

401Acta Neuropathologica

Johannes Attems

12630Canadian Journal of Anesthesia

Stephan K.W. Schwarz, Philip M. Jones

11886Current Cardiology Reports

Raimund Erbel, Steven E. Nissen

40Insectes Sociaux

Miriam Richards

13753International Journal of Disaster Risk Science

Carlo Jaeger, Pei Jun Shi, Ying Li

12208International Review on Public and Nonprofit Marketing

Helena Maria Alves

10896Journal of Family Violence

Rebecca J. Macy

10961The Journal of Technology Transfer

Simon Mosey, Albert N. Link, Donald S. Siegel, Barry Bozeman, James Cunningham

10964Journal of Youth and Adolescence 

Roger J. R. Levesque

12943Molecular Cancer

Christophe Nicot

572Mycorrhiza 

David P. Janos, Jan Colpaert

13037Patient Safety in Surgery 

Philip Stahel, Pierre-Alain Clavien


11109Political Behavior

Benjamin Radcliff, Geoffrey Layman

411Radiation and Environmental Biophysics

Werner Rühm, Andrzej Wojcik, Anna Angela Friedl

11156Review of Quantitative Finance and Accounting

Cheng-Few Lee

11195Sexuality and Disability

Sigmund Hough

12015Stem Cell Reviews and Reports

Mariusz Z. Ratajczak


11750TOP

Antonio Alonso-Ayuso, Dolores Romero Morales

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

Mathematics, Physical and Applied Sciences

  • 3 Biotech: Bharat Patel
  • Acta Mechanica Sinica: Xiaojing Zheng, Zhigang Suo, Xuesong Wu
  • Acta Mechanica Solida Sinica: Tiejun Wang
  • Air Quality, Atmosphere & Health: Frank J. Kelly, Yong Pyo Kim
  • Arabian Journal for Science and Engineering: Bassam M. El Ali
  • Contributions to Algebra and Geometry: Gernot Stroth, Horst Martini, Daniel Greb
  • Biomass Conversion and Biorefinery: Hermann Hofbauer, Martin Kaltschmitt
  • Bioprocess and Biosystems Engineering: Dirk Weuster-Botz
  • Chemical Research in Chinese Universities: Jihong YU
  • Complex & Intelligent Systems: Yaochu Jin
  • Computational Methods and Function Theory: Pekka Koskela, Doron Lubinsky
  • Education and Information Technologies: Arthur Tatnall
  • Energy, Ecology and Environment: Bin Chen
  • Frontiers of Mathematics in China: Kung-Ching Chang
  • Geoenvironmental Disasters: Fawu Wang
  • GPS Solutions: Alfred Leick
  • Health Information Science and Systems: Yanchun Zhang
  • Indian Geotechnical Journal: Madhavi Latha G.
  • Intelligent Service Robotics: Wan Kyun Chung
  • International Journal of Fuzzy Systems: Wei-Yen Wang
  • International Journal of Machine Learning and Cybernetics: Xi-Zhao Wang, Daniel S. Yeung
  • International Journal of Metalcasting: Thomas Prucha
  • Japan Journal of Industrial and Applied Mathematics: Hisashi Okamoto
  • Journal of Ambient Intelligence and Humanized Computing: Vincenzo Loia
  • Journal of Big Data: Taghi M. Khoshgoftaar, Borko Furht
  • Journal of Bio- and Tribo-Corrosion: Margaret Stack, Mathew T. Mathew, Yu Tian
  • Journal of Central South University:  Boyun Huang
  • Journal of Civil Structural Health Monitoring: Farhad Ansari
  • Journal of Earth System Science: N V Chalapathi Rao
  • Journal of Electronic Testing: Vishwani Agrawal
  • Journal of Fourier Analysis and Applications: Hans G. Feichtinger
  • Journal of Inclusion Phenomena and Macrocyclic Chemistry: Markus Albrecht
  • Journal of Inorganic and Organometallic Polymers and Materials: Martel Zeldin, Alaa S. Abd-El-Aziz
  • Journal of Intelligent Information Systems: Zbigniew Ras
  • Journal of Materials Science: Materials in Electronics: Safa O. Kasap
  • Journal of Medical and Biological Engineering: Kai-Nan An, Fong-Chin Su  
  • Journal of Mountain Science: Peng Cui, Dunlian Qiu
  • Journal of Petroleum Exploration and Production: Turgay  Ertekin
  • Journal of Polymers and the Environment: Kerry Kirwan
  • Journal of Radioanalytical and Nuclear Chemistry:  Zsolt  Révay
  • Journal of Russian Laser Research: Oleg N. Krokhin
  • The Journal of Supercomputing: Hamid Arabnia
  • Journal of Systems Science and Complexity: Jie Chen, Xiao-Shan Gao, Yan LuJournal of Systems Science and Complexity    
  • Journal of Theoretical Probability: James Fill
  • Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing: Nitish Thakor
  • Metallography, Microstructure, and Analysis: Ryan M. Deacon
  • Mobile Networks and Applications: Imrich Chlamtac
  • Multimedia Systems: Changsheng Xu
  • Nano Research: Jin Ren, Yadong Li, Shoushan Fan
  • Natural Resources Research: John Carranza
  • Network Modeling Analysis in Health Informatics and Bioinformatics: Reda Alhajj, Uffe Kock Wiil
  • Nexus Network Journal: Kim Williams, Michael J. Ostwald
  • Nuclear Science and Techniques: Yu-Gang Ma
  • Plasma Chemistry and Plasma Processing:  Bruce R. Locke, Anthony Murphy
  • Reaction Kinetics, Mechanisms and Catalysis: Gabor Lente
  • Research on Chemical Intermediates: Masakazu Anpo, Jinlong Zhang
  • Revista de la Real Academia de Ciencias Exactas, Físicas y Naturales. Serie A. Matemáticas:  Manuel López-Pellicer, Fernando Etayo Gordejuela, Luis Vega, David Ríos Insua
  • Sensing and Imaging: Ming Jiang, Nathan Ida
  • SN Applied Sciences:  Dr. Elisa Collado Fregoso, Dr. Thomas Von Larcher, Dr. Nastaran Ranjbar Sahraie, Dr. Clifford Chuwah, Dr. Amin  Fatemi
  • Spatial Information Research: Venkatesh Raghavan, Jung-Sup Um
  • Surveys in Geophysics: Michael Rycroft

Medicine and Life Sciences

  • Ambio: Bo Söderström
  • Angiogenesis: Arjan W. Griffioen, Andrew C. Dudley
  • Annals of Microbiology: Francesca Cappitelli
  • Antonie van Leeuwenhoek: Mike Jetten
  • Applied Microbiology and Biotechnology: Alexander Steinbüchel
  • Archives of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology: Christopher D. Metcalfe
  • Archives of Osteoporosis: Felicia Cosman, John Kanis
  • BioEnergy Research: Héctor A. Ruiz, Jerome Dumortier, Wilfred Vermerris
  • Biological Trace Element Research: Forrest H. Nielsen, John B. Vincent
  • Biotechnology Letters: Paula Meleady, Steven W. Singer
  • Bulletin of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology: Erin Bennett
  • Cardiovascular Diabetology: Alexander Tenenbaum, Enrique Fisman
  • Chinese Medicine: Yi-tao Wang, Chunming Wang
  • Contraception and Reproductive Medicine: Donna Shoupe, Alicia Christy
  • Current Osteoporosis Reports: David Burr
  • Drug Delivery and Translational Research: Maria Jose Alonso
  • Ecological Processes: Jiquan Chen
  • Endocrine: Sebastiano Filetti
  • Endocrine Pathology: Ozgur Mete
  • Environmental Chemistry Letters: Jan Schwarzbauer, Eric Lichtfouse, Didier Rober
  • Folia Microbiologica: Miroslav Pátek
  • Genetic Resources and Crop Evolution: Gaetano Laghetti
  • Histochemistry and Cell Biology: Michael Schrader, Jürgen Roth, Takehiko Koji, Douglas J. Taatjes
  • Human Cell:  Hiroaki Kataoka
  • Ichthyological Research: Tomoyuki Kokita, Mizuki Matsunuma, Yohei Nakamura
  • In Vitro Cellular & Developmental Biology - Plant: Yong Eui Choi, David D. Songstad
  • Infectious Diseases of Poverty: Xiao-Nong Zhou, Tania C de Araujo-Jorge, Dirk Engels, George F Gao, Ayo MJ. Oduola, Sheng-lan Tang, Juerg Utzinger 
  • Indian Journal of Microbiology: V.C. Kalia
  • Inflammation Research: John A. Di Battista
  • International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity: Léonie Uijtdewilligen, Kirsten Davison, Hidde P. van der Ploeg, Ester Cerin, Clare Collins
  • International Journal of Peptide Research and Therapeutics: John D. Wade, Fernando Albericio
  • Journal of Cardiovascular Translational Research: Enrique Lara-Pezzi
  • Journal of Ethnobiology and Ethnomedicine: Andrea Pieroni
  • Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research: Alice Castelli, Mauro Castelli
  • Journal of Fluorescence: Chris D. Geddes
  • Journal of Molecular Histology: Ivelisse Sanchez
  • Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: Illana Gozes
  • Malaria Journal: Marcel Hommel
  • Metabolic Brain Disease: Gregory W. Konat
  • Microbial Ecology: Karen E. Nelson
  • Molecular Diversity: Kunal Roy, Hong-yu Li
  • Molecular Genetics and Genomics:  Stefan Hohmann
  • Mycopathologia: Jean-Philippe Bouchara, Vishnu Chaturvedi, Ferry Hagen, Sanjay H. Chotirmall
  • Neurochemical Research: Arne Schousboe
  • Nutrient Cycling in Agroecosystems: Marta Camps-Arbestain, Else K Bünemann-König
  • Pastoralism: Carol Kerven, Roy Behnke
  • Physiology and Molecular Biology of Plants: N. Raghuram, Rana Pratap Singh
  • Plant Cell, Tissue and Organ Culture (PCTOC):  Sergio J. Ochatt
  • Plant Foods for Human Nutrition: Octavio Paredes-López
  • Protoplasma: Peter Nick, Reimer Stick
  • Rheumatology International: Armen Yuri Gasparyan
  • Sleep and Breathing: Arn H. Eliasson, Thomas Penzel
  • Spinal Cord: Dan Graves
  • Strahlentherapie und Onkologie: Frederik Wenz, Rainer Fietkau
  • Sugar Tech: Govind Pratap Rao, Sushil Solomon
  • Techniques in Coloproctology: Jonathan Lund, Giuseppe Gagliardi
  • The Protein Journal:  Lawrence J. Berliner
  • The Science of Nature: Matthias Waltert
  • Translational Stroke Research: John H. Zhang
  • Tree Genetics & Genomes: Véronique Decroocq
  • Tropical Animal Health and Production: André de Almeida
  • Tropical Medicine and Health: Masahiro Hashizume
  • Urolithiasis: William G. Robertson
  • World Journal of Emergency Surgery: Luca Ansaloni, Walter L Biffl, Andrew Peitzman, Fausto Catena
  • Zoomorphology: Andreas Schmidt-Rhaesa

Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Financial Innovation: Zhi Zhuo, J. Leon Zhao
  • GeoJournal: Barney Warf
  • Global Social Welfare: Fred M. Ssewamala, Mary McKay
  • International Journal of Technology and Design Education: Marc J. de Vries
  • Journal of Developmental and Physical Disabilities: Mark O'Reilly
  • Journal of Police and Criminal Psychology: James S. Herndon
  • Population Research and Policy Review: Corey S. Sparks, Kara Joyner
  • Reading and Writing: R. Malatesha Joshi
  • Research and Practice in Technology Enhanced Learning: Chen-Chung Liu, Siu-Cheung Kong
  • TechTrends: Charles B. Hodges
  • Urban Forum: Zarina Patel, Bradley Rink
  • ZDM – Mathematics Education:  Gabriele Kaiser

*Qualifying Criteria: Only journals with an external editorial board that receive ten or more responses from published corresponding authors in 2020 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).