Henrique Veiga-Fernandes and Ana Paula Pêgo are Portuguese scientists who are part of the Review Editors Council of the scientific journal Science, whose task is to assess the quality of an article for publication.
Immunologist Henrique Veiga-Fernandes coordinates the immunophysiology laboratory at the Champalimaud Center, in Lisbon, and biomaterials researcher Ana Paula Pêgo leads the nanomaterials research group for targeted therapies at i3S – Institute of Health Research and Innovation at the University of Porto .
Science magazine, edited by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, is considered one of the most prestigious scientific publications in the world.
The Review Editors Council brings together researchers from different nationalities, institutions and scientific fields. Ana Paula Pêgo and Henrique Veiga-Fernandes are the only Portuguese members.
Ana Paula Pêgo told Lusa that the mandate granted by Science, which she took on April 1, lasts for two years and can be renewed for an equal period, and consists, in practice, of “evaluating the merit, quality and innovation “of a scientific work delivered for publication in the journal before peer review, done in more detail and by other experts.
The i3S researcher and board member, who is already evaluating works for the journal Biomaterials, will make Science the first scrutiny of articles submitted for publication in the areas of biomaterials and tissue engineering.
Henrique Veiga-Fernandes, whose participation in the Science Review Editors Council was highlighted in a statement by the Champalimaud Foundation, referred to Lusa that he will evaluate works in immunology, neuroimmunology and neurosciences, identifying “disruptive studies” and “topics that will determine the current situation. and the future “in these scientific fields.
According to the immunologist, the papers are “scrutinized very strictly” by the journal, so that only 7% of the submitted articles are accepted for publication.