Years ago, I sat, somewhat nervously, in a small, dimly lit room in an old office block. I’d applied for a dream job and I was expecting to learn the outcome of that application. A senior member of staff tactfully began the meeting with some friendly small-talk that did absolutely nothing to calm my nerves.
I’d heard of CQG – even before I’d seen the job advert. Reputed for its high standards of peer-review, it also held the distinction of being the first physics journal on the web. Clearly, this was a journal for brilliant pioneers and innovators (submit here) and I wanted to be part of that. Furthermore, I’d enjoyed studying relativity as an undergraduate and had hoped to become a gravitational-wave researcher, so the science of CQG was already close to my heart. I can’t even remember the colour of the walls in that old office, but I can still hear the words “I’d like to offer you the job” very clearly.
Looking back on over 8 years with CQG, it’s been immensely satisfying to develop the journal and support gravitational research. However, what stands out most in my mind are all of the people who I have had the opportunity to work with. This is a wonderful community. I have always been made to feel very welcome among gravitational physicists and have found great friends here. From working with you as referees, I know that you all care a lot about helping one another, too.
I’d like to thank everyone who has supported CQG over these years: all the authors, referees and readers. Particular thanks go to Clifford Will, who as Editor-in-Chief of CQG, has provided excellent scientific guidance on journal strategy and solid judgment on the toughest peer review cases. I also wish to express my gratitude to the many CQG board members, advisory panel members, guest editors and colleagues here at IOP Publishing who I have had the pleasure to work with over these years.
I’m also delighted to announce the appointment of CQG’s new Publisher, Holly Young, who will be coming to IOP Publishing from BioMed Central: a leading open-access publisher, where she is currently a Senior Journal Development Editor. I am very pleased to see the journal passing over to experienced hands. I know that all of you will welcome Holly to the community. Be sure to stop by the IOP Publishing stand at your next conference and say ‘hi’!
As for me, years of curiosity about programming, statistics and machine learning have led me to a new role: Data Scientist at SAGE Publishing in London. It’s the same industry, but a very different job. While sad to leave CQG, I am excited about the new challenge and getting to know my new colleagues.
The work you do fascinates me and I look forward to seeing what the future holds for gravitational physics.
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