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Publications Committee

Key initiatives

  • 1
    Review the overall portfolio of journals and books and provide input into a multiyear strategy.
  • 2
    Recommend policies and guidelines that support AGU’s mission and strategic vision of “a future where scientific discovery continues to be valued and celebrated for its role in advancing human knowledge [and] where knowledge of Earth and space sciences are used, in collaboration with advances in natural, physical and social sciences, medicine and engineering, for the benefit and prosperity of people and the planet.”
  • 3
    Annually review and support journal and book program performance and identify strengths and concerns to the AGU Board and Council. Monitor changes in journal scopes. Recognizing that Editors-in-Chief should have the flexibility to refine journal scopes, the Publications Committee will advise when journal scopes overlap or issues are raised by concerned AGU committees, sections or other stakeholders.
  • 4
    Using the criteria and policies already in place, form search committees for needed Editors-in-Chief and make recommendations to the Council Leadership Team.
  • 5
    Serve as a conduit of information between AGU leadership and other volunteers involved in publishing, with a particular focus on editors.

Committee Members



Committee Role

Steven Hauck

Case Western Reserve University

Committee Chair

Tesfaye Birke

Wayne State University


Rachel Burley

American Physical Society


Graziella Caprarelli

University of Southern Queensland


Francesca Cockshull

Association of Anaesthetists


Caroline Coward

NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory


Sara Goeking

U.S. Department of Agriculture


Joseph Gonzalez

University of Wisconsin-Madison


Lori Tschirhart

University of Michigan Library


Maggie Xenopoulos

Trent University


Minghua Zhang

Stony Brook University


Lei Zhou

Shanghai Jiao Tong University


Matthew Giampoala


Staff Partner; Vice President, Publications

Committee charge and initiatives

The Publications Committee works on behalf of the Board and Council to advance AGU’s scientific publishing agenda. The committee provides input into the overall strategy for peer-reviewed journals and books, recommends policies that support AGU’s publishing goals, ensures the appointment of journal Editors-in-Chief, and reviews annual performance of journals and scientific publishing. The committee partners with AGU leadership, staff, editors, other committees, and sections, and plays a key role in communicating and promoting AGU’s scientific publishing agenda.