Editor showcase - Dagmara Dimitriou

What are the burning questions you’ve always wanted to ask a journal Editor?

We’ve delved into the key questions in our Editor Showcase interview with Research in Developmental Disabilities Editor-in-Chief Dagmara Dimitriou.

View Articles published in Research in Developmental DisabilitiesName: Dagmara Dimitriou
Journal Role: Editor-in-Chief
Journal: Research in Developmental Disabilities
Affiliation: University College London (UCL), London, UK

  1. How did you begin working in research?
    I was always passionate to work with children, in particular those with developmental disorders. During my undergraduate studies I worked with children with Autism using home-base therapies. This is when my curiosity to carry out academic research became apparent. I was very lucky to gain PhD studentship in Birkbeck, University of London with internationally-renowned developmental neuroscientists. However, the greatest influence on my current research had my extraordinary mentor, late Prof Annette Karmiloff-Smith.
  2. What are your day to day tasks as a journal Editor?
    I typically wake up around 6 am for always very busy mornings ahead. I have two small children so being very organised is a key. During my commuting time, I do all my urgent emails and editorial work. I mentor a large group of doctoral students so my office is always busy discuss research work with masters and doctoral students. Each day brings new challenges, so there is no typical working pattern in my life. I am glad to be part of a very dynamic and always stimulating environment. Ironically, I often find myself working at night writing sleep research papers.
  3. What does success look like for you as an Editor?
    That is for somebody else to judge. But personally I am most proud of having developed a dynamic sleep research lab and to see my past doctoral student successfully developing their careers. More so, I am glad to see our research to be translational to public health, parents and individuals themselves.
  4. Do you have any particular advice for younger researchers?
    Don't be arrogant and be a good listener to others. Learn to delegate, and promote your students as much as you can. They need you. Above all, only do research if you feel passionate about it. Research work requires many hours of hard work.
  5. What inspired you to become an Editor?
    I enjoy working with other scholars and assisting them to disseminate their research findings. I see the role of editor as helping to promote other people's research. Majority of papers I reject are not due to bad science but they are simply outside the scope of our journal.
  6. What is the most rewarding aspect of editorial work for you and what do you find difficult about the role?
    Being an editor is rewarding, however this post adds many additional hours in my workload. We all know that majority of manuscripts need to be revised but finding experienced reviewers is becoming a real challenge. Everybody seems to have less time and the academic incentives are to write (i.e. publish) and not to read (i.e. review). On a positive note, I read published studies in RiDD with a great pleasure. Another highlight from my editorial role is that I meet with many great scholars on editorial team.
  7. What are the biggest tips to anybody who wishes to one day become an Editor?
    Being an editor requires connecting to and engaging with other people around the globe all the time. It is also important to feel that any decisions I make are sound and editorial board members receive support. I like challenges of this dynamic world of science.
  8. What research would you like submitted in RIDD?
    The journal is on its upward trajectory, which I am sure is very pleasing to the whole editorial board and authors. However, I would like to see more unique topics for the special issues.

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