Geology & Geophysics Editors' Vox

Introducing the New Editor in Chief for Reviews of Geophysics

Find out about the person taking the helm of AGU’s highest-impact journal and his vision for the coming years.


We are delighted to announce the appointment of Fabio Florindo as the next Editor in Chief of Reviews of Geophysics to take the journal forward over the next four years. He will officially start on 1 January 2018 but has already begun the transition process. We asked him some questions about his own interests as well as what he envisions for the journal.

What are some of the areas of research that you are working on at the moment?

Throughout much of my career, I have used the magnetic properties of rocks and sediments to investigate the behavior of the Earth’s magnetic field, the ages of sedimentary sequences, and the history of the Earth’s climate during the past 40 million years. In the past few years, most of my research has been focused on increasing the resolution and understanding of the history of the Antarctic ice sheets and climate, especially their role in the evolution and development of global climate. I was one of the Principal Investigators of the successful multinational Antarctic Geological Drilling (ANDRILL) Program, which recovered cores from sedimentary basins beneath Antarctica’s floating ice shelves and sea ice.

Outside the Southern Ocean region and the Antarctic continental margin, I am involved in a number of other research initiatives. One major current focus is the integrated stratigraphy and astronomical calibration of some stratigraphic reference sections of the Mediterranean region; another project deals with the evaluation of the volcanic danger of the Roman area through new chronological data, coupled with new InSAR data that relates temporal recurrence of volcanism and current surface deformations.

How has the journal changed in the past eight years since you have been serving on the editorial board?

When I joined the editorial board of Reviews of Geophysics back in 2009, one of our goals was to improve the visibility, usefulness and impact of the journal. Over the last eight years, we implemented a set of editorial procedures that contributed to a faster turnaround and to reducing the number of contributions with few or even zero citations. We increased the number of papers published each year to the 20 to 25 range, from the previous average of under 16 papers per year (2002 to 2009).

These new procedures, described in a new editorial [Moldwin et al., 2017], have given the journal a new vigor. With a current Journal Impact Factor of 12.34, Reviews of Geophysics is the top-ranked journal in Geochemistry and Geophysics with contributions covering most of the AGU Sections and Focus Group topics.

What is your vision for Review of Geophysics over the coming years?

We plan to consider a special section of short topical reviews, as well as the current style of complete, all-encompassing reviews. The main reason is that sometimes the field can be pushed forward with highly functional reviews of one critical aspect. In addition, my commitment will be to maintain and improve the journal’s very high standard, with close collaboration with the Editors and Associate Editors, ensuring continuity with the excellent work done by the outgoing Editor in Chief, Mark Moldwin.

—Fabio Florindo, Istituto Nazionale di Geofisica e Vulcanologia, Rome, Italy; email: [email protected]