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Staff Editors

PLOS is a tax-exempt, 501(c)3, nonprofit corporation. PLOS' overall revenues and funding information are listed in the PLOS Annual Update.

The PLOS Medicine editors are paid a fixed salary (in particular, their salary is not linked to the number of papers published in the journal). Editors are required to declare all relevant competing interests and do not participate in the review of any paper for which they have a competing interest.

The competing interests statements in the boxes below were updated in January 2018, and relate to activities over the previous 12 months. However, relevant competing interests from previous years will also be taken into account when deciding whether it is appropriate for an editor to handle a paper.

Clare Stone

Acting Chief Editor
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Clare joined PLOS Medicine in February 2015, after spending the previous 7 years at BioMed Central, where she was the Editor of the flagship journal Genome Biology. Clare received her PhD in Genetics from Queen Mary College, University of London and moved to her first editorial position at Nature Publishing Group, after completing postdoctoral fellowships at the Medical Research Council’s Laboratory of Molecular Biology and the Department of Anatomy at the University of Cambridge. At PLOS Medicine, Clare oversees journal scope, strategy, and also handles manuscripts in the area of climate change and health, and diabetes and cardiovascular health. She finds that Open Access and transparency in medical and clinical studies is of key importance to advancing clinical care and innovation and as such has attended panels to talk about data sharing and openness in clinical studies.

Competing Interests

Monetary or in kind compensation for self or household member from an organization that may in any way gain or lose financially or in any other way from the publication of papers in PLOS Medicine

  • Reimbursement for attending a conference or symposium.

I attended ASCO’s panel on clinical trials and data sharing (November 2018 in Alexandria, Virginia). ASCO covered my hotel expenses.

  • Accommodation and travel. See above. 
  • Fees for speaking. No.
  • Fees for organizing education. No.
  • Funds for research or for a member of staff. No.
  • Fees for consulting. No.

Employment of self or household member by an organization that may in any way gain or lose financially from the publication of papers in PLOS Medicine

No.

Stocks or shares

I have contributed to the USS pension scheme. I have neither specific information nor influence about which companies the fund invests money into. My banks accounts are with UK high street banks.

Other competing interests

From September 2005 to November 2010, I was employed by BioMed Central, a commercial Open Access publishing company.

Tom McBride

Senior Editor
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Tom joined PLOS Medicine as an Associate Editor in April 2014, and has a strong interest in Open Access publishing, science communication, and global health. He received his undergraduate degree in Biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 2000, before joining Hypnion, a biotechnology company. At Hypnion, Tom was involved in genomics research and drug development for sleep therapeutics. He then moved to California, where he joined the Neuroscience Graduate Program at the University of California, Davis. There, he studied micro-structural changes in neural circuitry that occur during learning, and received a PhD in Neuroscience in 2011. Following his graduate degree, Tom began postdoctoral research at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging, where he studied mouse models of Alzheimer’s disease.

Competing Interests

Monetary or in kind compensation for self or household member from an organization that may in any way gain or lose financially or in any other way from the publication of papers in PLOS Medicine

  • Reimbursement for attending a conference or symposium. No.
  • Accommodation and travel. No.
  • Fees for speaking. No.
  • Fees for organizing education. No.
  • Funds for research or for a member of staff. No
  • Fees for consulting. No.

Employment of self or household member by an organization that may in any way gain or lose financially from the publication of papers in PLOS Medicine

My wife is a Scientist at Unity Biotechnology.

Stocks or shares

I hold several retirement accounts including a variety of mutual funds. I do not determine or keep track of the individual companies in which they invest.

Other competing interests 

I have donated money to the Sierra Club, the ACLU, and the ASPCA.

Richard Turner

Senior Editor
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Dr. Richard Turner, PhD, joined PLOS in the role of Senior Editor at PLOS Medicine in January 2016. With a research background in molecular biology, Richard joins us with nearly 20 years of editorial experience, most recently at Nature and Nature Structural & Molecular Biology. Richard’s substantial experience in editing medical research and magazine content across a broad range of topics will greatly benefit our efforts to expand the profile of PLOS Medicine in the clinical sciences. Richard’s geographical background is also well suited to PLOS. As a citizen of the UK with a doctoral degree from the University of Cambridge, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of California, Berkeley, and has done editorial work out of San Francisco in the past. Richard writes for the journal, commissions and handles opinion pieces, and carries out peer review of research articles.

Competing Interests

Monetary or in kind compensation for self or household member from an organization that may in any way gain or lose financially or in any other way from the publication of papers in PLOS Medicine

  • Reimbursement for attending a conference or symposium. No.
  • Accommodation and travel. No.
  • Fees for speaking. No.
  • Fees for organizing education. No.
  • Funds for research or for a member of staff. No.
  • Fees for consulting. No.

Employment of self or household member by an organization that may in any way gain or lose financially from the publication of papers in PLOS Medicine

My wife teaches pathology at the University of Cambridge, UK.

Stocks or shares

My retirement provision includes a small investment in mutual funds which invest in healthcare businesses, but I do not monitor or influence the individual investments.

Other competing interests

No.

Philippa Berman

Philippa Berman

Senior Editor​

Philippa joined PLOS Medicine as a Senior Editor in October 2018, having previously worked as a Senior Editor at The Lancet and a junior doctor in London. She graduated with a BA(Hons) in English literature from University College London (UCL) in 2005 and a medical degree from UCL in 2011.

Competing Interests

Monetary or in kind compensation for self or household member from an organization that may in any way gain or lose financially or in any other way from the publication of papers in PLOS Medicine

  • Reimbursement for attending a conference or symposium. No.
  • Accommodation and travel. No.
  • Fees for speaking. No.
  • Fees for organizing education. No.
  • Funds for research or for a member of staff. No.
  • Fees for consulting. No.

Employment of self or household member by an organization that may in any way gain or lose financially from the publication of papers in PLOS Medicine

No.

Stocks or shares

No.

Other competing interests

None.

Christna ChapChristna Chap

Senior Editor
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Christna joined PLOS Medicine in October 2018 following five years at PLOS ONE, most recently as the Senior Editor, Team Manager of the Medicine & Public Health division of the journal. Prior to PLOS, Christna worked on the BMC-series journals at BioMed Central where she was notably the Senior Executive Editor of BMC Cancer. She holds a PhD in stem cell biology from the Humboldt University/Max Delbrück Center in Berlin, Germany having previously studied biotechnology at the Ecole Nationale Superieure de Technologie des Biomolecules de Bordeaux in her native France. 

Competing Interests

Monetary or in kind compensation for self or household member from an organization that may in any way gain or lose financially or in any other way from the publication of papers in PLOS Medicine

  • Reimbursement for attending a conference or symposium.

I received reimbursement of travel expenses for participating to the PEERE Training School on Peer Review organized by TD1306 COST ACTION “New Frontiers of Peer Review” (15-17 May 2018, Split, Croatia)

  • Accommodation and travel. See above.
  • Fees for speaking. No.
  • Fees for organizing education. No.
  • Funds for research or for a member of staff. No.
  • Fees for consulting. No.

Employment of self or household member by an organization that may in any way gain or lose financially from the publication of papers in PLOS Medicine

My husband works as a research scientist for MedImmune (part of AstraZeneca).

Stocks or shares

My husband holds AstraZeneca shares as part of the company’s employee share scheme. I have contributed to employment-related pension schemes, but I have no influence on the specific investments.

Other competing interests 

None.

Linda Nevin

Associate Editor
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Linda joined PLOS Medicine as an Associate Editor in July 2014, and currently handles submissions in pediatrics, sexually transmitted infections, and prediction science including machine learning. She received her undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Biological Sciences from Stanford University in 2000 and her PhD in Neuroscience from University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) in 2008. Her research projects, during and between degrees, related to developmental neurobiology, with two exceptions for cancer research at Genentech Inc and biochemical evolution research in the Rocky Mountains. Following the completion of her PhD research identifying activity-dependent and -independent components of retinal development, Linda undertook postdoctoral research at UCSF focused on transcriptional regulation in young neurons. In 2012 Linda became a founding member of Science Editors Network (SEN), a team of PhD writers and editors, and worked with SEN as a professional grant writer, constructive editor and project manager for academic and industry scientists with large writing projects.

Competing Interests

Monetary or in kind compensation for self or household member from an organization that may in any way gain or lose financially or in any other way from the publication of papers in PLOS Medicine

  • Reimbursement for attending a conference or symposium. No.
  • Accommodation and travel. No.
  • Fees for speaking. No.
  • Fees for organizing education. No.
  • Funds for research or for a member of staff. No.
  • Fees for consulting. No.

Employment of self or household member by an organization that may in any way gain or lose financially from the publication of papers in PLOS Medicine

My husband is an investment analyst covering the pharmaceutical industry for his employer, The Capital Group Companies. 

Stocks or shares

My husband and I both hold mutual fund and retirement fund investments, but do not influence stock choices within those funds.

Other competing interests

None.