Jenn Richler

Chief Editor, Nature Reviews Psychology
  • United States of America

About Jenn Richler

Jenn completed her PhD at Vanderbilt University where her research focused on face and object perception and recognition, learning, attention, and memory. She continued at Vanderbilt as a post-doctoral research associate, during which time she also served as an Associate Editor for Journal of Experimental: Psychology: General and a writer for the American Psychological Association. Jenn joined Nature Climate Change and Nature Energy in 2016 as a Senior Editor handling manuscripts that spanned the behavioral and social sciences. Jenn returned to her psychology roots as the launch Chief Editor of Nature Reviews Psychology in 2021.

Recent Comments

Apr 02, 2019
Replying to Tobias Schmidt

Thanks for your comment! I could not agree more - alot of insights get lost on the way to the policy makers or communities! I think there is a couple of options:

1) Publishers like Nature Springer go ahead and publish policy briefs based on the (policy-relevant) papers they publish. I guess, publishers would have to hire people who really know how to translate a scientific paper into such policy brief. Researchers are not well trained (and unfortunately often lack the time and incentive to get training)

2) Universities hire "translators". 

3) Universities change incentives for researchers (though I think employing "translators" might be more efficient and effective)

4) Researcher use the media more. In my experiences, press articles are often a more effective way of reaching policy makers than through policy briefs. But again, incentives/translators/training needed.

Any plans from Nature Journals to become active on point 1?

Stay tuned.... :)

Mar 07, 2019

Thanks for the great post, and for sharing tips on how your group operates and what has or hasn't worked - hopefully it inspires others to follow your lead!

Jan 15, 2019

I love this story about seeing that another group was working on something similar, and deciding to join forces to make the strongest paper possible. This should happen more often!

Dec 10, 2018
Replying to Adrian Dahl Askelund

Hi! Just wanted to make you aware that the 'Read the Paper' button links to a different paper. 

Best wishes, Adrian Dahl Askelund

Thanks for letting us know - it should be fixed now.

Nov 29, 2018

Because I handle paper from across all social science disciplines, at journals that must also accommodate life and physical sciences, I think about differences in disciplinary publishing standards all the time. So this post really speaks to me...and was enlightening, too!

Sorry about our no punctuation in titles rule, but at least the milkshake metaphor will live on here.

Sep 25, 2018

I love the timeline! It's easy to forget just how long the research lifecycle can be, and how rejection often plays a part in that. This is a great reminder (especially for early career researchers) of what the process can be like. 

Sep 17, 2018

I love this story about finding collaboration in unexpected places. And so clever to link your paper's central idea of descriptive norms vs. second-order beliefs to the behavior that brought you and your collaborators together in the first place (this example will surely help non-expert readers understand these concepts!)

Sep 14, 2018

This is such a great study (and it makes me a bit nostalgic for my former research life!)

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