“Everyone needs an editor.” - Tim Foote

“Editing might be a bloody trade, but knives aren’t the exclusive property of butchers. Surgeons use them too.” - Blake Morrison

On January 1st 2015, I began serving as editor-in-chief of the Italian Journal of Geosciences (IJG). In doing so, I follow in the footsteps of Sandro Conticelli who – with the help of a small group of dedicated associate editors – has guided the development of the IJG during the years 2010–2014 to be a successful publication. Rejection rate is now about 50% and the last available impact factor is...

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