The Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets has a new Editor-in-Chief: PSI’s Amanda Hendrix

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PSI senior scientist Amanda Hendrix has a history of supporting planetary science through her efforts in community service. These efforts are recognized in her appointment as  Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Geophysical Research: Planets (JGR: Planets).

“I am so pleased to be the new Editor-in-Chief at JGR: Planets! This journal has been around since 1991 and has an excellent reputation for being the go-to journal for planetary scientists, and for providing fair handling of manuscripts and timely publication.”

For the past two and a half years, Hendrix has been an editor for the journal Icarus. With her move to JGR: Planets, Hendrix will now be working on the front lines of the Open Science movement. The JGR family of journals are published for the American Geophysical Union by Wiley. AGU journals allow their content to be read (at least online) entirely for free by AGU members.

“It only costs $65/year to be an AGU member ($29/year for students). And for that, you have access to all the AGU journal articles, including JGR: Planets, Geophysical Research Letters, AGU Advances, etc. The AGU journals stress the importance of open science. Ideally all data and code are openly available in findable, citable repositories so that anyone can evaluate the reported research.”

While being Editor-in-Chief sounds like it could be a full time gig, the reality is it is just part of Hendrix’s work. In addition to her efforts with JGR: Planets, Hendrix is an active researcher studying moons and small bodies in our solar system. She is part of the mission team for Europa Clipper mission (launching in October!), and is a co-investigator of both Cassini and Lunar Reconnaissance Orbiter (LRO). She is also the Chair of NASA’s Outer Planets Assessment Group and co-chair of the National Academies Committee on Planetary Protection.