Dr Elisa De Ranieri

Director of Author Experience, Cell Press, Italy

EASE roles: EASE Council; EASE Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee; Editorial School for Journal Editors trainer


Email: [email protected]
LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ederanieri/


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My contributions to EASE

Editorial School for Journal Editors – trainer

In April 2024, I presented the Peer Review module of the Editorial School for Journal Editors to a group 60 editors drawn from countries around the world. The course is held over four weeks, with a lecture each week followed by breakout groups to discuss two case studies which provide some real life examples of issues faced by journal editors in their day to day work. At the end of the four modules, delegates take a Quiz to assess the knowledge they have gained.

We will run the second part of this course in October 2025 at which I will present the module ‘Editors: making good decisions’.

Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Committee member

In January 2024 our EDI Committee conducted a study in which we set out to discover more about stakeholders’ roles, policies and current practices surrounding EDI and their intentions going forward. The survey was anonymous and contained questions about respondents workplace characteristics and perceptions of EDI. The results of the survey were presented in a webinar in March and several members of the Committee are preparing a paper for European Science Editing to publish the results. 

We are working closely with C4DISC to disseminate the results and identify actions for future initiatives.

A bit about me…

I am the Director of Author Experience at Cell Press. I joined Cell Press as Head of Research Integrity and Author Experience in 2021 and was promoted to Director in 2023. In my role, I am responsible for managing a team of cross-journal editors that support the Cell Press portoflio and oversee the activities of Cell Press Multi-Journal Submissions. I also support Cell Press editors with the resolution of research integrity cases and the development of editorial policy, and lead projects to improve the author experience, such as improving our workflows and messaging, and supporting authors transferring their papers. I oversee projects aimed at improving peer review and making it more transparent.

Before Cell Press, I worked at Springer Nature for 9 years in various roles. I joined Springer Nature in 2012 as an Assistant Editor for Nature Communications, then moved to Nature Nanotechnology in 2013 where I became a Senior Editor in 2015, before moving to Nature Energy, all the while handling manuscripts on applied physics. In 2016 I became the Head of Editorial Process and Data Analytics for the Nature journals, where I was responsible for providing data on journal performance, implementing editorial policy and improving editorial processes. Finally, in 2019, I re-joined Nature Communications as Editor in Chief, overseeing the journal strategy and operations, and managing a team of over 100 professional editors.

Before my editorial career, Elisa worked as a post-doctoral researcher at the Hitachi Cambridge Laboratory for 2 years after obtaining a PhD in physics from the University of Cambridge in 2010. My background is in electronic engineering and physics.

I joined the EASE Council in January 2024, and have been a member of the EASE EDI Committee since 2021.