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Editor in a (60-second) spotlight - M. Fatima Montemor

"Take good care of the good reviewers you find because they are essential"

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Name: M. Fatima Montemor Applied Surface Science cover

University: Instituto Superior Técnico (School of Engineering at the University of Lisbon)

Role at university: Associated Professor

Journal: Applied Surface Science

Journal role: Editor

Average number of submissions per year: 360

Rejection rate: 74%

CiteScore: 3.37

IF 2016: 3.387


  1. What inspired your career in science?
    The freedom to choose my way.
  2. What is the best thing about being an editor?
    To have the pleasure of reading an excellent manuscript first hand!
  3. What is the worst thing about being an editor?
    To reject many papers because they are not good enough!
  4. What is the most important attribute for being an editor?
    Motivation to be at the forefront of research.
  5. Where do you think your journal will be 10 years from now?
    An extraordinary dissemination platform on applied surface science, surely reaching high citation impact.
  6. Name one item that you cannot do without in your role?
    The “Reviewer Finder” tool - it is really great.
  7. Any tips on finding reviewers?
    Know a lot of people working in the area and use the Reviewer Finder tool wisely. And take good care of the good reviewers you find because they are essential to ensure the quality of the peer-review process.
  8. What is your greatest achievement (either professionally or personally)?
    To have created the best conditions that allow me, presently, to search what I want and what I like.
  9. What would you be doing now if you were not Professor at Instituto Superior Técnico?I cannot imagine my life without it; probably I would be producing wine in Ribatejo (one of the best wine regions in Portugal – Tejo Wines) and following in my father’s steps – wine production, a second passion!
  10. What is the most interesting image/photograph you have come across in your journal?
    There are many beautiful SEM images; some of them are truly artistic. I like the “wafer” style of the graphical abstract in:  http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0169433216321900#MMCvFirst

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