Editorial Board Highlights

Interviews

Read exclusive interviews with some of our board members and learn about their research and their experience as a Scientific Reports board member.

Dr Carlo Cannistraci

Dr Carlo Cannistraci is a Theoretical Engineer and Editorial Board Member for Scientific Reports.

1.  What is your current research focused on?

I am a Theoretical Engineer; my research interests include subjects at the interface between physics of complex systems, complex networks and machine intelligence, with particular interest in brain/bio-inspired computing for Big Data analysis, and applications in precision biomedicine and neuroscience.

2. What has been your biggest challenge and your greatest achievement in your career so far?

Mapping complex networks to their latent geometric spaces helps to investigate, understand and predict the structure and function of complex systems. My biggest challenge and greatest achievement was to recently propose a class of intelligent machines for efficient embedding of large real networks to the hyperbolic space, with future impact on big-network-data analysis in biology, medicine and social science. This work was proposed in the article: Machine learning meets complex networks via coalescent embedding in the hyperbolic space, A Muscoloni, JM Thomas, S Ciucci, G Bianconi, CV Cannistraci. Nature Communications 8 (1), 1, 2017.

3. Why did you decide to become a board member?

I love to support other colleagues to improve their studies and to achieve high standards in their publications. This is the spirit of the review process: to offer feedback that improves science and its dissemination with a clear benefit for all of the scientific community.

4. What do you like most about being a board member for Scientific Reports?
 
Being an Editor for Scientific Reports for me is something more than being a normal Editor. The spirit of Scientific Reports is the spirit of ‘freedom and equal opportunity’ in science. I like the fact that Scientific Reports accept articles according to the only requirement that they should be technically correct. This ensures that the article selection is not biased by the opinion of a ‘group of experts’ that, in my opinion, can be also risky, because very innovative ideas that are against the mainstream in science might be rejected. I feel that being an editor for Scientific Reports allows me to sponsor the freedom to publish new scientific ideas which are technically correct but might not be recognised by a conservative establishment of experts.

Dr Joana Maria Ramis

Dr Joana Maria Ramis is a Miguel Servet Researcher at the Balearic Islands Health Research Institute (IdISBa), as well as Adjunct Lecturer at the University of the Balearic Islands, Spain.

1. What is your current research focused on?
 
My research is focused on the development of new therapies and biomaterials for restorative and regenerative medicine and its translation to clinical practice.  My newest research line focus on the approach to cell-free regenerative medicine through the use of extracellular vesicles derived from different cells types.
 
2. What has been your biggest challenge and your greatest achievement in your career so far?
 
My biggest challenge and greatest achievement has been, and keeps being, reconciling family life and my research career. 
 
3. Why did you decide to become a board member?
 
I considered the offer to become a board member as a great opportunity to deepen in the knowledge of the review process and to be an active part of it. Publication of our results is an important part of our work as researchers, and before becoming a board member for Scientific Reports, I have only acted as author or as reviewer, thus, to act as editorial board member was a role I was interested in exploring.  
 
4. What do you like most about being a board member for Scientific Reports?
 
Being a board member for Scientific Reports allows me to be updated in the ongoing research in my areas of expertise and to really deepen in the technical aspects of the manuscripts I handle. On top of that, the most positive aspect of being a board member is how much I learn from the interaction with the reviewers and the authors and how manuscripts improve from it.
 
5. You are leading one of our Guest Edited Collections. What interested you about becoming a Guest Editor? What is your Collection focused on?
 
Yes, I am leading the Special Collection entitled “Extracellular vesicles in cell biology and medicine”. The collection is focused on extracellular vesicles (EV), cell-derived membranous structures known as intercellular communicators exerting their function by exchanging their cargo. EV research is a burgeoning field with a high number of researchers from different disciplines working in this field. This Special Collection intents to deliver an up-to-date overview on some of the current developments in the field.  
To increase my interaction with other researchers of the field is what most interested me about becoming a Guest Editor for the Collection.

6. Which is your favourite Scientific Reports paper?

It is really difficult to select one single paper! I will list you some:

Willms, E.; Johansson, H. J.; Mäger, I.; Lee, Y.; Blomberg, K. E. M.; Sadik, M.; Alaarg, A.; Smith, C. I. E.; Lehtiö, J.; El Andaloussi, S.; Wood, M. J. A.; Vader, P. Cells release subpopulations of exosomes with distinct molecular and biological properties. Sci. Rep.2016, 6, 1–12, doi:10.1038/srep22519.

Gámez-Valero, A.; Monguió-Tortajada, M.; Carreras-Planella, L.; Franquesa, M. la; Beyer, K.; Borràs, F. E. Size-Exclusion Chromatography-based isolation minimally alters Extracellular Vesicles’ characteristics compared to precipitating agents. Sci. Rep. 2016, 6, 33641, doi:10.1038/srep33641.

Morales-Kastresana, A.; Telford, B.; Musich, T. A.; McKinnon, K.; Clayborne, C.; Braig, Z.; Rosner, A.; Demberg, T.; Watson, D. C.; Karpova, T. S.; Freeman, G. J.; DeKruyff, R. H.; Pavlakis, G. N.; Terabe, M.; Robert-Guroff, M.; Berzofsky, J. A.; Jones, J. C. Labeling Extracellular Vesicles for Nanoscale Flow Cytometry. Sci. Rep. 2017, 7, 1878, doi:10.1038/s41598-017-01731-2.

Qin, Y.; Wang, L.; Gao, Z.; Chen, G.; Zhang, C. Bone marrow stromal/stem cell-derived extracellular vesicles regulate osteoblast activity and differentiation in vitro and promote bone regeneration in vivo. Sci. Rep. 2016, 6, 1–11, doi:10.1038/srep21961.

Hu, L.; Wang, J.; Zhou, X.; Xiong, Z.; Zhao, J.; Yu, R.; Huang, F.; Zhang, H.; Chen, L. Exosomes derived from human adipose mensenchymal stem cells accelerates cutaneous wound healing via optimizing the characteristics of fibroblasts. Sci. Rep. 2016, 6, 32993, doi:10.1038/srep32993.