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

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

Editor in the Spotlight: Rik Leemans

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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Fatima Montemor

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Fatima Montemor

M.F. Montemor obtained her PhD from the Technical University of Lisbon in 1995. She is Associate Professor in the department of Chemical Engineering of Instituto Superior Técnico. She is co-author of more than 150 scientific papers published in international journals, several book chapters, and more than 250 works presented in international and national congresses. Her h-index is 46 (Scopus – 10/2016) being top world cited in “coatings and corrosion protection”. In January 2015, she took the position of President of the European Federation of Corrosion. Her main scientific interests include smart self-healing coatings for corrosion protection, coatings for surface functionalization of metallic and non-metallic materials, and design of new conductive films for more efficient energy storage electrodes.

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