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Editor Spotlight: Meet Dr Verónica Pino

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Editor Spotlight: Meet Dr Verónica Pino

This blog is part of our ‘Editor Spotlight Series’. Look out for monthly posts where our Academic Editors share insights into their roles, tips for authors, and discuss trends within their specialist fields.

Dr Verónica Pino is Chief Editor for the Journal of Analytical Methods in Chemistry (JAMC). Her career has spanned multiple countries including America and France, winning her awards for her research and has been cited in numerous publications in her field of expertise. She is a Professor at Universidad de la Laguna.

What is your current area of research?

My expertise is in analytical chemistry, particularly analytical sample preparation, including miniaturization approaches and the introduction of novel materials with environmentally friendly features.

What is your background and how did you become a researcher in your field?

I got my PhD in Chemistry in 2002, at Universidad de La Laguna (Spain), and moved to Iowa-State University (USA) to serve as Postdoc in 2003. In 2004 I got a researcher position in Tenerife (Spain), and in 2005 I moved to France to serve again as a Postdoc. I got a prestigious “Juan de la Cierva” research contract at Universidad de La Laguna from 2005 to 2008, and in 2006 and 2008 I served as visiting researcher at the University of Toledo (Ohio, USA). In 2010 I got the “Ramón y Cajal” research position, which is highly competitive, and then I moved to Assistant Professor in 2015 and Associate Professor in 2018.

What attracted you to the position of Chief Editor for Journal of Analytical Methods in Chemistry, and to Hindawi as a publisher?

Working on JAMC and with Hindawi has given me the opportunity to expand my editorial duties. JAMC takes its work seriously and the recruitment of editors is fair – based on publication records and not on personal recommendations.

Which issues are urgent and what important developments are happening in your field of work right now? And do you have any predictions for the future?

The use of novel green materials is one of the main trends in analytical chemistry, right now, together with direct MS analysis. Green materials and omics (MS), together with the increasing impact of multidisciplinary research, is the immediate future. Also, miniaturization plus truly green analytical chemistry is another important area. particularly as humanity is facing serious environmental issues.

What are your thoughts on Open Access? How has Open Access helped you in your research?

Open Access helps to increase the way in which we disseminate research to all scientists, not just those connected to institutions. Good editors are required to ensure that high-quality standards are maintained in these Open Access journals.

What advice would you give to a PhD researcher trying to write their first article?

Read a lot. Organize your ideas. Point out clearly what the novelty of your study is and highlight how different it is from other studies. Write clearly. Cite previous studies in the field. Be enthusiastic, as this will be relayed in your work. If I accept an article for JAMC, it is because I found it interesting and it kept my attention right to the end.

This interview was conducted by the Hindawi team. It is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC-BY). The illustration is by Hindawi and is also CC-BY.

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