Emma is an Associate Editor for The BMJ, handling papers submitted to specific Collections. Her first degree, in Natural Sciences, was from the University of Cambridge, and her PhD work at King’s College London focused on the role of neural crest cells in pharyngeal arch patterning in the chick embryo. Following her PhD, Emma moved into science publishing, helping to establish the open-access publisher BioMed Central’s series of online journals. After a short spell with Elsevier developing online clinical decision-support tools, Emma then joined the Public Library of Science (PLOS), working as a Senior Editor, then Acting Deputy Editor on PLOS Medicine and a Senior Editor on PLOS ONE. She works for The BMJ as a freelance editor.
Personal financial interests
As a freelance editor, Emma also does paid editorial work for other publishing companies beyond The BMJ, and also for some medical charities. She does not take on paid work for any for-profit companies which may have an interest in the product(s) being evaluated and described in research papers (eg, pharmaceutical companies, device companies etc). From June 2017 she has acted as a freelance medical editor for the humanitarian charity Médecins Sans Frontières.
Organisational financial interests
As a recent beneficiary of UK maternity and postnatal care, Emma has a side interest in issues relating to the evidence base for and policies in this area, particularly regarding infant feeding and birth outcomes. She has previously acted as a breastfeeding support volunteer (2014-2017) for a UK charity working in this area and helped contribute towards a published systematic review of breastfeeding support. She has also blogged informally on topics in relation to postnatal care, and is a member of the discussion group Maternity Outcomes Matter, which is a project developed by the Birth Trauma Association charity.
Unpaid positions (recent)