Interview with Professor Steven Provyn the Editor-in-Chief of Edorium Journal of Anatomy and Embryology

Professor Steven Provyn

Editor-in-Chief of Edorium Journal of Anatomy and Embryology

Professor Steven Provyn

Steven Provyn was born on 12th August 1972 in Brussels Belgium, married to Annabelle Arnolis (pharmacist), is father of a son Louis and a daughter Julie. In 1995, he earned postgraduate degree in Physiotherapy from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Since 2000, he started as a voluntary scientific collaborator during two years followed by an assistantships since 2004 at the experimental anatomy department. His teaching and research interest in the anatomy of the human body initiated research in body composition and has led to several publications in peer reviewed journals as a first author and as a co-author. Since December 2009, he has been working at the Haute Ecole Bruxelles Brabant as a researcher in Anatomy, Morphology and Biomechanics in combination with a part-time continuation at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Besides from his academic work, he is active in a multidisciplinary private practice. In 2010, he obtained his PhD from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel. Since 2012, he is a professor in anatomy at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and since 2014 head of the department in Anatomical Research, Training and Education. In 2016, he created a research group on anatomical research and clinical studies. Professor Steven is a member of several advisory boards. Apart from strictly academic activities, he is the co-founder and vice-president of the Belgium Society of Lymphology.

Professor Steven Provyn is the Editor-in-Chief of Edorium Journal of Anatomy and Embryology since 2014. In this interview, Professor Steven shared his experience, philosophy and advice about being an Editor-in-Chief of a journal and academic publishing.

Edorium Journals: What motivates you to contribute as an Editor-in-Chief/editor of an academic journal?
Steven Provyn: First of all, it is an honor to be Editor-in-Chief of the Edorium Journal of Anatomy and Embryology. Secondly, as an editor, I am always up to date with the latest research in the domain.

Edorium Journals: What challenges do you face in your routine work as an editor?
Steven Provyn: It remains a challenge to make the right decision based on the comments of my colleagues and my own experience.

Edorium Journals: Can you describe some qualities of the best journals for which you have contributed as an editor compared to other journals?
Steven Provyn: Edorium journals have a lot of qualities such as a strict deadlines for reviewers and editors which makes the publishing process more transparent for authors.

Edorium Journals: What changes would you like to see in the current editorial and peer review processes?
Steven Provyn: For the moment, I cannot pinpoint any shortcomings that have to be modified.

Edorium Journals: Do you think journals should have a formal induction/training program for editors?
Steven Provyn: It would be a good idea to have a certain uniformity in the treatment of manuscripts by the editors.

Edorium Journals: How can journals educate authors in conducting good research and writing good articles?
Steven Provyn: In my opinion, a journal can only advise authors via clear and straightforward guidelines.

Edorium Journals: What advice would you give to authors for writing good articles?
Steven Provyn: Good articles start from a good idea. A good idea usually occurs in a good company. My advice is to get together with your co-authors and have a drink!

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