The inner workings of high profile journals can be mysterious. How do they decide what to publish, or even to send out to review? How is the process managed? What are the odds of getting published? Do they publish papers only in the interests of being controversial and getting press coverage? And who makes the decisions? Michael White -- Nature’s editor for climate -- discusses the overall journal processes and specific themes behind the climate science research published in Nature over the past 13 years.
Michael White is Nature’s senior editor for climate science. He came to Nature in 2008, after an academic career focused on land surface phenology, the terrestrial carbon cycle, and climate impacts. He handles all of the physical science submissions on atmospheres, oceans, the cryosphere and hydrology – past, present and future, on Earth and other planets. He also works closely with Nature’s editors for biogeoscience and ecology, and thinks of his expertise as being in Earth System Science, broadly defined, rather than in one particular area of climate.