Our in-house editors are PhD-level scientists with research experience. All in-house editors work full-time for the journal to oversee the review process, handle manuscripts as primary editors, liaise with our Editorial Board Members and enforce journal policy. Editors also engage in other activities on behalf of the journal, such as attending and organizing conferences and meeting with scientists at their institutions. 

In-house editors work closely with our Editorial Board Members to ensure that all manuscripts are subject to the same editorial standards and journal policies.

Chief Editor: Marike Schiffer (PhD, MSc, BSc)

Marike is the (launch) Chief Editor of Communications Psychology and is based in the Berlin office. Marike received her PhD from the University of Muenster (DE), after obtaining a Master of Science degree in Neuropsychology from Maastricht University (NL) and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at the Ruhr University Bochum (DE).

Following her PhD training at Muenster and the Max Planck Institute for Neurological Research in Cologne (DE), Marike worked for four years as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Oxford (UK). In 2017, she left her position as Lecturer in Psychology at Brunel University London (UK) to become a professional editor at Nature Human Behaviour, where she handled cognitive science content and, since 2021, oversaw the journal's magazine section. 

Contact: marike.schiffer@nature.com


Senior Editor: Jennifer A. Bellingtier (PhD, MA, BA)

Jennifer joined Communications Psychology as a Senior Editor in 2022 and is based in the Berlin office. Jennifer received her PhD from North Carolina State University (USA) with a focus on lifespan developmental psychology, her MA from the University of Northern Iowa (USA) with a focus on social psychology, and her BA from the University of Southern California (USA) with a focus on art history. Following her doctoral studies, she worked for five years at Friedrich Schiller University Jena (DE), conducting research on subjective views of aging, stress and well-being, and emotion regulation. Prior to joining Communications Psychology, Jennifer was a member of the editorial boards for Journals of Gerontology: Psychological Sciences and Psychology and Aging

Contact: Jennifer.Bellingtier@nature.com

Consulting Editors

Myrthel Dogge, PhD, Springer Nature, UK
Myrthel Dogge joined Nature Communications in February 2020. She obtained her PhD in psychology with a focus on the sense of agency and the impact of expectations on perception from Utrecht University. She then moved to the Donders Institute for Brain, Cognition and Behaviour where her research focused on the role of consciousness in higher-cognitive functions. Myrthel handles submissions in a variety of areas within the team’s remit, and is based in the London office.

E-mail: myrthel.dogge@nature.com

Yann Benetreau, PhD, Springer Nature, USA
Yann joined Nature Communications in March 2023 after years of editorial experience in open-access scholarly publishing in the behavioral and social sciences. After a doctorate at the University of Western Ontario, he worked as a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Pittsburgh Center for Philosophy of Science and as a Visiting Assistant Professor at San Francisco State University. His research focused on the history and philosophy of science, particularly on confirmation theory and inductive reasoning, as well as on the science of education and the psychology of risk. Yann primarily handles submissions in educational science, organizational psychology, behavioral economics, and the science of science. He is also an advisory editor for npj Science of Learning. He is based in the New York office.
E-mail: yann.benetreau@us.nature.com

Brittany Cardwell, PhD, Springer Nature, USA
Brittany joined Nature Communications in June, 2018. She received her PhD in cognitive psychology, with a focus on memory and belief, from Victoria University of Wellington, then moved to the University of Otago for a postdoc in social cognition. Brittany handles manuscripts related to cognitive and social psychology, and is located in the New York office.

E-mail: brittany.cardwell@springernature.com

Nicole Montijn, PhD, Springer Nature, Germany
Nicole Montijn joined Nature Communications in January 2023. After completing a MSc in Neuroscience at Utrecht University, Nicole worked as a data scientist at the Erasmus MC in Rotterdam before returning to Utrecht to do their PhD in Clinical Psychology. Their PhD research focused on (non)adaptive changes in episodic memory and future thinking related to stress and anxiety. Nicole handles submissions related to cognitive, social and clinical psychology as well as neuroscience, and is based in the Berlin office.

E-mail: nicole.montijn@nature.com

Arunas Radzvilavicius, PhD, Springer Nature, UK
Arunas' background is in computational science, data science and genetics. He first joined Springer Nature as an editor at Nature Human Behaviour and has been with Nature Communications since early 2024. Arunas mainly handles economics and computational science manuscripts. He works from Nature’s London office.

E-mail: arunas.radzvilavicius@nature.com