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ABEC Brazil - SciELO 25 Years Seminar

Relevance of Nationally Published Quality Journals

📅 18 May 2023, 10:00 – 12:00 (BRT/UTC-3)
🌐 Language: English/Portuguese with simultaneous translation

Editor succession models.
Part 1 - Experience of journals from commercial publishers

How should the succession of editor of a journal be? This is a recurring question in several journals and/or sponsors, which often do not have a clear and explicit procedure in their charter. That there is a need to think about the succession is a reality, the editor should not remain in charge forever. There are many ways to make this substitution without the journal suffering a deviation from its mission or an interruption in its editorial process. In this first part of the discussion, the intention is to show the experience of editors of journals maintained by publishers and how they guide and/or conduct the process. 3 experienced editors representing Elsevier, Springer Nature and Wiley will participate in this discussion and will share their experiences with this theme.


This SciELO 25 Years Seminar, which is part of the activities celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the SciELO Program, will be held in collaboration with ABEC Brazil. The seminar “Editor Succession Models” is divided into two parts, which will address the important topic of editor succession, which, although it should be a well-defined process, can often be a serious problem in the continuity of editorial policy and even the journal survival. Within the main theme, different approaches will be addressed. In the first webinar, speakers will share their personal experience and that of their journals, as well as how publishers guide the process. In the second webinar, different experiences of journals participating in the SciELO Network will be shared.

In the seminar, “Editor Succession Models. Part 1 – Experience of journals from commercial publishers”, will present and discuss the experiences of editors of journals maintained by publishers and how they guide or conduct the process. We will have Sigmar de Mello Rode, president of ABEC Brazil and member of the SciELO Brasil Advisory Committee, coordinating the presentations and the debate between Karunika Kardak, Publisher, Medicine and Life Sciences (Springer Nature); Taíssa Vila, editor-in-chief of The Lancet Regional Health – Americas (Elsevier/Lancet); Ricardo Antunes Azevedo, editor-in-chief of Annals of Applied Biology (Wiley) and Silvia Galleti, editor-in-chief of Arquivos do Instituto Biológico.

In the second part of the seminar, “Editor Succession Models. Part 2 – Experience of SciELO Network journals”, presentations and discussions will be coordinated by Silvia Galleti, who will have Sigmar de Mello Rode to provoke debate among guests, guest editors of SciELO Network journals. This discussion intends to share the experiences of these journal editors from teaching and research institutions and professional associations who will present their models for conducting the succession process.


10:00 – 10:15 Opening, Sigmar Mello Rode [VIDEO]

10:15 – 10:35 Karunika Karda [VIDEO] [DOWNLOAD]

10:35 – 10:55 Taissa Vieira Machado Vila [VIDEO] [DOWNLOAD]

10:55 – 11:15 Ricardo Antunes Azevedo [VIDEO] [DOWNLOAD]

11:15 – 11:50 Comments/Q&A, Silvia Galleti [VIDEO]

About Sigmar de Mello Rode

PhD in Dentistry (Dentistry) from the University of São Paulo, he is President of the Brazilian Association of Scientific Editors, ABEC Brazil (2022-2023), having already held this presidency in the 2020-2021, 2014-2015, 2012-2013 administrations. He is Full Professor of the Dentistry Course at ICT in São José dos Campos at Universidade Estadual Paulista Júlio de Mesquita Filho-UNESP. He serves as Past President of the Latin American Region of the International Association for Dental Research, LAR-IADR and the Brazilian Society for Dental Research, SBPqO. Member of the Brazilian Academy of Dentistry. Member of the Consultative Committee of SciELO Brazil and LILACS. Chair of the Brazilian Chapter of the European Association of Science Editors, EASE. He is Area Editor of Clinics and Acta Cirúrgica Brasileira.

About Karunika Kardak

Karunika Kardak manages neuroscience and psychiatry journals in the Medicine and Life Sciences portfolio at Springer Nature. She is passionate about academic research, scientific communication, and the impact it can have on society. Having previously worked in academia herself, she finds insights gained as a researcher, university tutor, and administrator extremely valuable in her day-to-day work as a publisher.

About Taissa Vila

Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet Regional Health – Americas, part of the Lancet Group’s global initiative to expand quality and access to health care by advancing the research agenda, clinical practice and health policy through a regional lens. Currently based in Rio de Janeiro, before joining the Lancet family of journals, she worked at the University of Maryland Baltimore (USA) and University of Texas at San Antonio (USA) as a postdoctoral researcher investigating drug resistance and cell signaling in fungal and bacterial infections. She holds a degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences from the Federal University of Rio de Janeiro (UFRJ), a master’s degree and a PhD in Cell Biology/Biophysics from the Carlos Chagas Filho Biophysics Institute, also at UFRJ. She is also a member of the Lancet’s Group for Racial Equality (GRacE).

About Ricardo Antunes Azevedo

Biologist with a master degree in genetics and a PhD in plant biochemistry. Full Professor, USP. Fellow of the Academy of Sciences of the State of São Paulo (ACIESP), the Brazilian Academy of Sciences (ABC) and the World Academy of Sciences (TWAS). Senior Researcher, CNPq. Editor in Chief – Annals of Applied Biology (Wiley).

About Silvia Galleti

She is a biologist from Universidade Mackenzie and a Master in Biotechnology from USP. She is a Scientific Researcher at the Instituto Biológico, responsible for the management of phytosanitary diagnoses. She works in the area of Scientific Publishing as Chief Editor of the Arquivos do Instituto Biológico – AIB; editor of SciELO Preprints in the agricultural area and member of the Rede Sociais da SciELO Advisory Committee. She coordinates the Scientific Integrity Commission of the Instituto Biológico. She is president of the Deliberative Council of the Associação Brasileira de Editores Científicos (ABEC Brazil).

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Sigmar de Mello Rode

Sigmar de Mello Rode


Karunika Kardak

Karunika Kardak

Taissa Vila

Taissa Vila

Ricardo Antunes Azevedo

Ricardo Antunes Azevedo


Silvia Galleti