Randy Townsend

Randy Townsend
Director, Publications Operations, American Geophysical Union; Editor-in-Chief, GW Journal of Ethics in Publishing; Adjunct Professor, M.P.S. in Publishing, George Washington University.
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Areas of Expertise

  • Scholarly Publishing
  • Peer Review
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
  • Team Leadership

Randy Townsend, MPS, has dedicated 15 years in service of the American Geophysical Union’s publishing division. His value-driven professional career centers around the execution of progressive strategic goals, and the performance and development of an expanding portfolio of scholarly journals. Randy leads large teams in managing peer review operations and protecting content and process integrity.  He has been a steadfast leader in policy implementation, providing oversight to allegations of misconduct and ethical considerations. Randy serves as a judge for the EXCEL Awards and is on the Advisory Board for the Association Media & Publishing Network, where he co-chairs the organization’s Diversity and Inclusion initiatives. He is Chair for the Council of Science Editor’s (CSE) Webinar Subcommittee, a member of the International Society of Managing and Technical Editor’s (ISMTE) Programming Committee and serves as Co-Chair on the Society of Scholarly Publishing's (SSP) Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee. Randy is the inaugural Editor in Chief for the GW Journal of Ethics in Publishing and is an Adjunct Professor of the MPS in Publishing program in the College of Professional Studies at George Washington University. Pronouns: He, Him, His


  • M.P.S. in Publishing, George Washington University
  • B.A., Communications and Journalism, Rider University



  • Judge: EXCEL Awards
  • Co-chair, Diversity and Inclusion Initiative: Association, Media & Publishing Network (AM&P)
  • Advisory Board Member: Association, Media & Publishing Network (AM&P)
  • Programming Committee: International Society of Managing and Technical Editor’s (ISMTE)
  • Chair, Webinar Subcommittee: Council of Science Editors
  • Co-Chair, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee: Society of Scholarly Publishing

Classes Taught

  • Ethics in Publishing
  • Publishing Special Projects
  • Editing Special Projects