Meeting with Editor Tore Midtvedt

This is the part of my job that I like best: meeting our editors in person. Some are here in Scandinavia and easy to reach, while some are in other parts of Europe, and in Australia and the US; I obviously don’t see them as often.

I have met almost all of them in person though. Some, like Tore Midtvedt, I have known for years. Tore, who I met with yesterday, is truly a pioneer in the field of microbiota research.

A Professor emeritus at the Karolinska Institutet, he is still going strong (and still attracting attention from the press). We first met some 18 years ago when he had just become Editor-in-Chief of Microbial Ecology in Health and Disease which back then was still a subscription journal published by Taylor & Francis where I worked at the time. A decade later, I and my two colleagues, Lena Wistrand and Caroline Sutton, launched Co-Action Publishing – a born-OA publishing house. Dare I say OA was then very foreign to Tore? It took some time to convince him and the society that owns the journal (SOMED) that the best thing for a journal struggling to be seen would be to expose itself completely online – including the entire archive. Nowadays Tore is all for OA!

Yesterday he told me about two thematic clusters in the making: one on The Microbiome in Autism Spectrum Disorder, and one called Gut in Focus with contributions from a recent meeting he had arranged at the Karolinska Institutet. It was great to see his enthusiasm as we discussed how we will be promoting these two collections.

We agreed that it is exciting to see Microbial Ecology in Health and Disease on the right track — and with so much interesting work on the horizon. I will meet Tore again in October, in Italy, for the annual SOMED meeting. Perhaps we will then also meet his successor. Can’t wait!

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