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Michael Alexander - Since starting as webmaster of the European Society of Cardiology based in the South of France almost 20 years ago and after coordinating the delivery of our first CMS driven website, it was a logical step to move to publishing in 2003, given the electronic content transition of the time. During five years I held a management role at National Opinion Polls (NOP) market research company in London, prior to becoming head of publications at one of Europe's largest medical learned societies. Before that, things were far more interesting, but are best described face-to-face!

 


 

Jana Christopher, M.A. joined EMBO in 2005 where she started the Image Integrity program for four journals at EMBO Press, The EMBO Journal, EMBO reports, EMBO Molecular Medicine, and Molecular Systems Biology. The program received much recognition in the scientific press including Nature News.

Jana has a background in theatre arts and photography. In 2002, she obtained an MA in Bilingual Translation from Westminster University, London, before returning to Germany and beginning a career in publishing.

Jana started up her own business, Image-Integrity in 2015. She has since worked for a variety of clients including eLife, Springer Nature, FEBS, EMBO, The American Society of Plant Biologists (ASPB), the International Journal of Cancer at DKFZ in Heidelberg, as well as teaching students and postdocs at Nanyang Technical University in Singapore.

 


 

Jennifer de Beyer: After training in laboratory research and working in academic editing, I joined the EQUATOR Network’s UK Centre at the Centre for Statistics in Medicine, University of Oxford. Here I develop online resources and deliver training on using reporting guidelines for clear, transparent health research reporting. You can find me behind the EQUATOR Network’s Twitter feed, @EQUATORNetwork.

 


 

Elaine Devine is Senior Communications Manager at Taylor & Francis, and is responsible for communications and outreach activity across their journals portfolio, including managing the PR and media, social media and multimedia teams. Prior to this role, she was responsible for author outreach activity at Taylor & Francis, including overseeing the redevelopment of their author-focused digital communications channels. Elaine has spent the majority of her career working in academic and professional publishing or in the charity sector, and has previously worked for (amongst others) the National Trust and the Royal College of Nursing.

 

   

Chadwick DeVoss is the founder and president of StatReviewer/Next Digital, a company focused on technology solutions for scientific publishing. Mr. DeVoss’ career spans 18 years of internet technology experience. His previous roles include product development at early internet pioneers Monster.com and Cars.com, as well as leading advancements in connected fitness equipment at Johnson Health.

 

   

Maggie Donovan - Other people take crosswords and Sudoku on holiday to relax – Maggie designs Excel spreadsheets and reformats large Word documents … sad, but true!

She has been a trainer for many years! Being able to do something you love for a living is a real privilege and the passion she feels about improving the skills, confidence and efficiency of delegates on her courses is reflected in how enthusiastic they are about putting their new knowledge into practice!

At DCS Computing Skills Limited, she also worked with clients to modify existing processes and/or develop new processes using the Microsoft Office suite of applications.

Put the two together and we achieve a holistic approach to provide staff with the skills they need to work quickly and effectively, to improve productivity and to streamline working practices.

And wherever possible she aims to make it an interesting and fun experience!

 


     

Steve Dudley is the British Ornithologists' Union’s Senior Administrator of 20 years. He is responsible for the activities including the management of our journal (IBIS), social media and communications.

 


  Jean Liu is the Product Development Manager for Altmetric and is responsible for shaping the company roadmap and working with the development teams to deliver great software. Altmetric (a portfolio company of Digital Science) aggregates online attention surrounding scholarly articles, books, datasets, and more. Jean is a neuroscientist by training, but her interests in scholarly communication led her to join Altmetric in 2012, initially as data curator and blog editor.


 

David Mellor leads the incentives programs at the Center for Open Science. Our strategy is to improve rigor by aligning scientific rewards in publishing and funding with transparent research practices. Implementing practices covered by the Transparency and Openness Promotion (TOP, cos.io/top) Guidelines include specifying in advance how data will be collected and analyzed with preregistration (cos.io/prereg), conducting peer review before results are known with Registered Reports (cos.io/rr), and signaling adherence to best practices with badges (cos.io/badges). David received his Ph.D. in Ecology and Evolution from Rutgers University. His research interests cover the behavioral ecology of cichlid fish, citizen science, and meta-science.

 


 

Alexander Naydenov is a co-founder and Head of Marketing of PaperHive, the coworking hub for researchers. He co-founded and coordinated one of the largest social entrepreneurship networks in Eastern Europe, Where Ideas Find their Home. For his work with PaperHive he was selected among “Forbes 30 under 30” social entrepreneurs in Europe. He tweets at @paperhive and @vremigrant.

 


 

 

David Nicholas is the founding director of CIBER Research Ltd. Previously Director of the Department of Information Studies and Centre for Publishing at UCL.

 

 

   

Hugh O'Brien is a software developer at Overleaf, the online collaborative writing platform. His work there included expanding features for journal integrations allowing authors to submit manuscripts directly from the Overleaf editor to journals and repositories. Prior to joining Overleaf he worked on the editorial teams at both PLOS Biology and PLOS Medicine.

 


 

Niamh O'Connor is the Director of Publishing at the Biochemical Society/Portland Press, where a central part of her role is developing collaborative relationships with Boards, Committees and the wider community to recommend and deliver against organizational strategic objectives. Prior to joining the Biochemical Society she spent nine years at the Royal Society of Chemistry in a variety of publishing roles including Publisher and Managing Editor, where she worked to co-create and implement journal strategies with Editorial Boards to meet the needs of the evolving needs of the global scientific community.

 

   

José Oliveira studied chemistry at the University of the Witwatersrand (Johannesburg, South Africa). He obtained his PhD at the same university in 2000 in organic synthesis, working on reaction methodology and natural product synthesis. He worked for a year as a post-doctoral researcher in the Department of Pharmacy at the Universiteit Antwerpen (Antwerp, Belgium) developing mass spectrometric techniques for analyzing trace organic contaminants in the atmosphere. He joined Wiley-VCH (Weinheim, Germany) in January 2001 and served as Senior Associate Editor of Angewandte Chemie. He assumed his current role as Editor-in-Chief of the nano- and microtechnology journal Small. He was also founding Editor of Chemistry - An Asian Journal, Advanced Healthcare Materials, and Small Methods. He holds Honorary and Visiting Professorships at several Chinese universities and research institutes.

 

   

Damian Pattinson obtained his PhD in neuroscience from University College London, working with Professor Maria Fitzgerald on the development of pain pathways in infants. After a short postdoc he moved to the BMJ as Scientific Editor on the BMJ Clinical Evidence series. While there he helped launch the BMJ Best Practice module for clinicians, and develop their mobile content. He moved to the Public Library of Science in 2009, first as Executive Editor of PLOS ONE, then as Editorial Director. He joined Research Square in 2016 and has developed tools and services to assess and certify research articles.

 


Alberto Pepe is the co-founder and CEO of Authorea, a collaborative writing platform for professional documents. He recently finished a Postdoctorate in Astrophysics at Harvard University. During his postdoctorate, Alberto was also a fellow of the Berkman Center for Internet and Society and the Institute for Quantitative Social Science. Alberto is the author of 30 publications in the fields of Information Science, Data Science, Computational Social Science, and Astrophysics. He obtained his Ph.D. in Information Science from the University of California, Los Angeles with a dissertation on scientific collaboration networks which was awarded with the Best Dissertation Award by the American Society for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T). Prior to starting his Ph.D., Alberto worked in the Information Technology Department of CERN, in Geneva, Switzerland, where he worked on data repository software and also promoted Open Access among particle physicists.

Alberto holds a M.Sc. in Computer Science and a B.Sc. in Astrophysics, both from University College London, U.K. Alberto was born and raised in the wine-making town of Manduria, in Puglia, Southern Italy.

 


 

Simon Rallison spent his entire career in academic publishing, with Blackwell Publishing, Springer, Earthscan and The Physiological Society. Has worked on both sides of the fence, bidding for society journal contracts on behalf of Blackwell and Springer, and negotiating with publishers on behalf of societies. Enjoyed both.

 


 

Jason Roberts is the Senior Partner at Origin Editorial, a company that provides peer review management services. He is also the Executive Editor of Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain and the Founding President of ISMTE.

 


  

Caroline Struthers has been part of the EQUATOR team since 2014 and is involved in many aspects of EQUATOR's mission to improve the planning, conduct and reporting of healthcare studies. Her main focus is developing and promoting educational tools and training to help embed the use of reporting guidelines in the research process at every stage. She is fanatical about using plain language when writing about research - or when writing about anything.

She previously worked as an information specialist, managing editor, training coordinator and project manager of a public engagement project for Cochrane.

 

   

Claudia Welburn has worked at Editorial Office Limited since 2007 where she started as an Editorial Assistant. She is now an Account Manager and responsible for bringing fresh ideas to the workflow and ensure the re-evaluation of the procedures to be the most effective and efficient we can be on the journals that EOL support. Prior to this her background was in customer service in the finance sector, including international banking, for 17 years. This is her third year on the ISMTE planning committee and second time being a speaker at ISMTE.

 

   

Catherine Williams joined Digital Science in November 2013, and heads up marketing and customer relations for Altmetric. She regularly speaks at conference on metrics, research evaluation and their application for researchers, institutions and publishers, and is actively involved in organising the annual Altmetrics Conference.

Prior to Altmetric, Cat's roles included end user and library marketing at Nature Publishing Group and SAGE publications, during which time she developed an enthusiastic interest for all things scholarly publishing. An Aberystwyth University alumni, Cat holds a BA in English Literature, and a CIM Professional Diploma in marketing.

 


 

Michael Willis oversees Wiley’s peer review operations within the UK. He has 12 years’ experience of managing editorial offices and developing peer review best practice. After a spell of teaching and research in Greek and Latin, he started his publishing career with CatchWord (later Ingenta) processing and developing online journal content for STM publishers. He has been a member of the ISMTE Board since 2010, is a member of the European Association of Science Editors, and represents Wiley on the European-funded PEERE project exploring best practice in peer review.

 

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