Pete Binfield joined PLoS this week as the Managing Editor for PLoS ONE.
Pete’s originally a physical scientist, and obtained a PhD in optical physics at Aberdeen University. He then embarked on a career in publishing, beginning at the Institute of Physics Publishing, followed by stints at Kluwer Academic, Springer and most recently at SAGE Publications. Pete’s 13-year career in publishing covers a wealth of experience which includes commissioning books, all aspects of running journals and business development. He said that the prospect of taking the lead editorial role on PLoS ONE was “tremendously exciting, at this important stage in the development of Open Access”, and we’re delighted that he’s joining us. Pete’s lived and worked in the UK, the Netherlands, and is currently living in Ventura, California, with his wife and toddler. For the next few months, Pete will be based in San Francisco every other week, until he and his family relocate.
Pete will build on the solid foundations that have been created by the first PLoS ONE Managing Editor, Chris Surridge, who will be staying on as a Consulting Editor for the next month. And all of us at PLoS would like to take the opportunity to thank Chris for the tremendous work he’s put into PLoS ONE, and to wish him every success in his next ventures.
Pete joins an expanding team for PLoS ONE, which reflects the steady growth in submissions (we hit 300 submissions for the first time in February), and will be sharing news about PLoS ONE, and his plans for the future in the coming months.