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As a Scientific Reports Editorial Board Member she was given the opportunity to lead a Guest Edited Collection. One of her main goals over the last three years has been to deepen her new research line. This provided her the perfect opportunity to contribute to the field. The “Extracellular vesicles in cell biology and medicine” Collection was created.
Dr. Ramis hoped that by serving as a Guest Editor she would be able to increase her interaction with other researchers in the field. It was also very important to help establish Scientific Reports as one of the preferred journals to publish studies on EV research in, while staying in line with the requirements of the International Society for Extracellular Vesicles.
In order to achieve a steady stream of submissions for the Guest Edited Collection, Dr. Ramis first selected 20 potential authors based on their experience in the field. They were invited to contribute to the Collection via e-mail. The call for papers was also announced through some of the societies on extracellular vesicles.
The biggest challenge was finding adequate reviewers for all the manuscripts, and ensuring that the requirements of the International Society for Extracellular Vesicles were met for all the publications included in the Collection.
While it required a huge dedication, it was worth the time in the end. Reading through manuscripts allowed Dr. Ramis to stay updated on ongoing research in the field, and deepened her understanding of some of the technical aspects described. So far:
One of the most important aspects of the Collection’s success was choosing a highly relevant subject, which has seen an increased number of publications in the last decade from researchers across different disciplines. EV research is a burgeoning field, and helped make the Collection stand out so much that the deadline for submissions was extended three months.