Meet our latest Gold Contributor – Section Editor Pedro Silva

Pedro Silva – Associate Professor, Universidade Fernando Pessoa (Porto, Portugal) – is a biochemist whose research focuses on the computational study of enzymatic and organic reaction mechanisms using quantum chemistry and molecular dynamics methods.

He recently also became just the fourth researcher to become a Gold Contributor to PeerJ, putting him in the top 0.1% of contributors since we launched.

Pedro joined the PeerJ Life & Environment Editorial Board in 2015, and has been a Section Editor for “Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecular Biology” since its creation in February 2018. He also joined the Editorial Boards of PeerJ Physical Chemistry and PeerJ Organic Chemistry when they launched in 2019. Pedro is also a co-editor of a PeerJ Special Issue on “Organic Chemistry for Health”, submissions to which are currently in review.

Pedro has handled over 218 papers for the journal, of which, to date, 123 have gone on to be published. The articles he has edited have accrued over 187,000 views and 644 citations. He has also published 6 articles at PeerJ:

“I decided to become an PeerJ Academic Editor because I found that most Editors specialized in my areas (Biochemistry and Biophysics) came from the fields of Molecular Biology, Virology, etc., and not many practitioners of “traditional” or computational enzymology were present. I believed I could help fill that niche,” writes Pedro. “Free access to reliable manuscripts is a very effective form of increasing researcher productivity and science quality, even in the absence of capital-intensive facilities. An ideal publishing venue should be a most ethical organization devoted to publishing sound research after a transparent, thorough, and helpful review. It should reward its reviewers and make them feel appreciated, take a firm stand against authors who attempt to “game the system” and have a clear mechanism to support editors when they must mediate disputes between authors and unreasonable reviewers.”

You can read more from Pedro in a previous interview to learn about his research and why he chooses to work with PeerJ. 

Everyone at PeerJ feels incredibly lucky to work with Pedro, and we send our sincere thanks for his massive contribution to PeerJ and to open science.


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