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Tony Alves, Director of Product Management at Aries Systems Corporation in the United States: Tony has worked in STM publishing since 1989 and has focused on electronic publishing for the past twenty five years, designing online learning products and workflow management software. Tony joined Aries Systems in 2001 to manage the development and rollout of the Editorial Manager system and is responsible for designing new features and functions for the EM/PM system, as well as assisting in defining the strategic direction of the company including new product ideas and new market opportunities. Before that he served as Publisher at HealthStream, Inc., a leading provider of online educational tools for healthcare organizations; and at SilverPlatter Education, an early developer of multimedia products for physicians on CD-ROM and the Internet. Tony also worked at Harvard University, where he was an Assistant Managing Editor for the journal Circulation Research; and CV Mosby, assisting an Acquisitions Editor in the professional medical textbook department.

Tony is a member of and/or actively participates in several professional societies, such as the Council of Science Editors (CSE), the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP), the International Society for Managing and Technical Editors (ISMTE), the International Association of STM Publishers (STM), the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA), and FORCE11.



Kent R. Anderson is the CEO of RedLink. He is a past-President of the Society for Scholarly Publishing, the founder of “The Scholarly Kitchen,” and has been Publisher for Science, the Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, and Publishing Director for the New England Journal of Medicine.



Elizabeth Blalock has been Managing Editor of the Journal of Investigative Dermatology since 2002. Previously, she managed the Journal Endocrinology. Elizabeth is a founding member of the International Society for Managing and Technical Editors, and she served as its President from 2010-2011. She has been a member of the Council of Science Editors since 1998 and currently serves as co-chair for its Short Course on Publication Ethics. Elizabeth has spoken on peer review management and reporting as well as managing change and publication ethics for these and other international organizations. Her undergraduate degree is from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and she earned a Master's degree in English from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.



Adrianna Borgia earned her BA in English from New York University and her Master’s Degree in Publication Management from Drexel University. It was during her studies at Drexel that she first joined Elsevier as a Journal Manager in 2010, managing the production process of titles such as Gastroenterology and Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology (both of the American Gastroenterological Association). After 3 years, she was promoted to the position of Assistant Team Leader, which gave her the added responsibility of training new hires and assisting with the implementation of key department initiatives, including Lean Six Sigma and continuous improvement projects. In 2016, she was promoted to Team Leader and currently supervises a team of Journal Managers who are responsible for the successful production of more than 15 society-owned journals, including Journal of the American Dental Association, Alzheimer’s & Dementia: The Journal of the Alzheimer’s Association, and Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography.



Marshall  Brennan received his Bachelor’s in Chemistry with honors from Northeastern University in Boston, MA, during which time he carried out research at Harvard University under the supervision of Professor Tobias Ritter. He completed his graduate work in 2015 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in the laboratory of Prof. Alison Fout, studying low-valent cobalt complexes featuring strongly-donating bis(silyl)amide ligands and their catalytic reactivity toward C—N bond formation. He then carried postdoctoral research on rhodium-mediated C—C activation methodology before joining Nature Chemistry in 2016. In 2017, Marshall was recruited to lead the launch and development of the American Chemical Society’s new preprint server, ChemRxiv, where he now oversees day-to-day operations and business development. Marshall is based in the Washington, D.C. office.



Emma Brink is an Editor at Wiley, serving as publication manager for a portfolio of society journals in the Health Sciences. She is an active volunteer with the Society for Scholarly Publishing, serving as co-chair of their Early Career Subcommittee and winning their Emerging Leader award last year.



Dana Compton is a Senior Consulting Associate at KWF Consulting. Dana consults with clients on matters of knowledge integration, product development, business models, RFPs, strategic planning, financial management, and book publishing. Prior to joining KWF Consulting in 2015, Dana was Publication Director at PNAS, and previously held positions at American Society for Clinical Oncology and Thompson Publishing Group. Dana currently serves as President-Elect of the Council of Science Editors.



Ryan Farrell received his B.A. in American History from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2008 and his M.A. in History of Medicine with Distinction from Oxford Brookes University in 2013. From 2008-2012, he was a Researcher at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies and served in a similar position at Brookes’ Department of History, Philosophy, and Religion from 2013-2015. His co-authored article on typhus vaccine research at Buchenwald concentration camp will soon be published by the Leopoldina National Academy of Sciences. He joined the American Gastroenterological Association in 2014 as an Editorial Assistant for their journals, Gastroenterology and Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology. As Publications Manager, he currently serves as Managing Editor of The New Gastroenterologist and Assistant Managing Editor of Cellular and Molecular Gastroenterology and Hepatology. He also contributes significantly to the social media presence for the AGA family of journals. As of 2018, he is a member of Planning Committee for the ISMTE Annual Meeting and volunteers as part of the Society for Scholarly Publishing’s Early Career Subcommittee.



Shaun Halloran has 18 years of experience in the scientific publishing world as a publisher, a consultant, and a publishing services provider, and he has proven expertise in editorial, production, and publishing technology operations. Shaun has a demonstrated ability for implementing state-of-the-art journal workflows, identifying new technology trends to streamline processes and enhance content, and for developing strategic relationships and partnerships with publishers and vendors.



Laura Harvey is Head of Publisher Relations at Publons, working with publishers, reviewers, editors and authors to get the most out of Publons' industry-leading recognition platform. She has over seven years of industry experience in STM publishing, and a background in Chemistry.



Dr. John Inglis is the co-founder of bioRxiv and medRxiv, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s preprint services for the life and health sciences. He is also the founding Executive Director and Publisher of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press in New York, a not-for-profit publisher of journals, books, and online media in molecular and cellular biology. He graduated from the University of Edinburgh Medical School with a Ph.D. in immunology and was previously Assistant Editor of The Lancet, founding editor of Trends in Immunology, and managing editor of other Trends journals.



Anna Jester joined eJournalPress in 2010 as the Director of Sales & Marketing. Working for a software company providing highly customizable manuscript submission and peer review, production tracking, and billing systems has led to many fascinating conversations. Anna enjoys dialogue about functionality and workflows, provides demonstrations and presentations, and attends various industry meetings. Anna currently serves as a member of the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) Membership Committee, as a member of the International Society of Managing and Technical Editors (ISMTE) Poster Committee, and as President of the Council of Science Editors (CSE).



Alexandra Kahler  joined KWF Editorial in 2011. Alex leads a team of managing editors who deliver high-quality customer service and efficient execution of a wide array of editorial and production tasks. Her skillset includes process management and data visualization, as well as workflow analysis, documentation, and training. Alex also applies her information management expertise to design integrated single and multi-journal dashboard solutions for KWF Editorial clients, creating efficiencies responsive to each journal’s individual needs. She is a proficient administrator of Aries’ Enterprise Analytics Reporting System (EAR), ScholarOne’s Cognos reports, and other industry-specific data tools utilized at all stages of the scholarly publishing cycle. Prior to joining KWF Editorial, Alex was a laboratory researcher specializing in microbial genetics, and later taught secondary biology and chemistry and managed science faculty training and development. She holds a BS with honors in cell biology and molecular genetics from the University of Maryland, College Park, and a Post-Baccalaureate Teaching Certificate from Marshall University.



Jacob Kendall-Taylor was hired in 2007 as an Editorial Assistant in the Processing Department of PNAS and became the manager of the team four years later. In the summer of 2013, he began overseeing the Project Support Specialist who troubleshoots submission system issues. He works daily with programmers in following up on reported issues and answering enhancement-related questions. While overseeing processing and the submission system, he works on system enhancement requests and comes up with ways to improve the submission process deriving from his own experience and from ideas shared by staff, authors, and members of the Academy.



Stephanie Kinnan is the Assistant Managing Editor of Clinical Publications for the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. For the past four years, she has assisted in the management of ASGE’s flagship journal, Gatrointestinal Endoscopy, and last year took over the managing editor role for ASGE’s new Open Access journal, VideoGIE. Stephanie joined the International Society of Managing and Technical Editors in 2015 and has been very active in the society since then. She became Co-Editor-in-Chief of Editorial Office News in 2017 and previously served in the roles of Associate Editor and Section Editor. Stephanie looks forward to continuing to serve ISMTE through her work with EON.



Monica Leigh joined KWF Editorial in 2011. She leads a team of managing editors who manage high-volume journals by using web-based workflow tracking systems. Additionally, Monica assists clients in improving their protocols for greater efficiency and training purposes. An expert user of Editorial Manager, she has assisted client transitions from other management systems, providing broader insight into process handling and system configuration. She has managed a variety of tasks including editorial workflows, peer review management, production, proofreading, and chasing, while providing submission systems expertise. Monica regularly attends professional industry conferences to stay current with best practices. Prior to working for KWF Editorial, Monica was board president for multiple organizations, served as a staff writer for a university president, taught language arts and SAT/ACT prep courses, worked for a book publisher, was a journalist for a local newspaper, and was a curricula writer for a literary textbook. She holds a BA in writing seminars, with a minor in psychology, from The Johns Hopkins University.



Jen Mavzer is a co-founder of the Coronis Group, a consultancy that provides data-driven guidance to research-media producers. Her work explores the intersection of open research, publishing, and technology, with a wonky focus on data integrity, interoperability, citation, and visualization. She has more than 15 years of experience in scholarly communications, serving in various editorial roles with Weill Medical College, Nature Publishing Group, Genome Technology, and the Journal of Trauma. She lives in Denver.



Meghan McDevitt is the Managing Editor of The Journal of Pediatrics based in Cincinnati, Ohio. She is the previous Editor of EON (2014-2016) and has been involved with the ISMTE since 2011. In addition to her role as Treasurer, Meghan oversees the focus area of Peer Organizations, which aims to develop and maintain relationships with similar groups. She serves as the ISMTE representative on the Peer Review Week steering committee and is co-chair of the Peer Review Week International Outreach Committee. Meghan attended the University of Dayton, graduating with degrees in English and French. After teaching high school English in France for one year, Meghan began her career in scholarly publishing as an editorial assistant for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy, the official journal of the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy.



Pamela Miller has been with the editorial office of the New England Journal of Medicine for over 20 years, currently serving as Assistant to the Editor. Prior to that she was the General Manager of Margun and GunMar Music and has been a grants administrator at various Boston Hospitals. In her role at the NEJM she manages large projects, including implementing online peer review, overseeing the publication’s 200th Anniversary and digitizing the journal archive, and, most recently, arranging the Aligning Incentives for Sharing of Clinical Trial Data summit and the SPRINT Data Analysis Challenge.



Lindsey Mitchell. has been working in academic publishing for the past five years, though her love of graphic design stretches back even further. Assisting authors with producing high-quality images, as well as improving their experience with this common frustration in the publishing process, has quickly become one of her passions. Her interests also include screening images for manipulation, and she dreams of the day when statistical-software programs will be able to export easily to EPS. Outside of the office she enjoys backpacking, playing classical guitar, and running her own YouTube channel.



Sven Molter has 12 years experience in the industry and has been with ScholarOne since 2009. He started as a Client Implementation Manager where he worked with clients using the ScholarOne Abstracts Platform. Sven joined the Product Management team in early 2018 after several years managing the Tier 2 Customer Care team for ScholarOne. Prior to working with ScholarOne he worked as the Senior Manager of Meetings, Membership and Education (Society of Behavioral Medicine) at Executive Director Incorporated where he oversaw the Annual Meeting planning process.



Pierre Montagano leads sales and business development for Code Ocean, a cloud-based computational reproducibility platform that provides researchers and developers easier ways to share, discover and run code published in academic journals and conferences. Prior to Code Ocean, Pierre was the director of sales at Squid Solutions, a usage analytics company that enables publishers to become more data-driven by providing an open-source solution for building analytics apps. He has held both product marketing and sales leadership positions with some of the world’s leading scientific and education publishing companies including Pearson, McGraw-Hill and Cambridge University Press.



Kristen Overstreet is a managing editor and Senior Partner at Origin Editorial, LLC, providing consultation and peer-review management services. She is a Past President of the ISMTE Board of Directors and currently serves the Society as a member of the Education Committee. Kristen began editorial work in 1998 and currently manages titles in a variety of disciplines. She enjoys researching, writing, and presenting on best practices in peer review and editorial office management.



Mina Patel, Ph.D., is Senior Director, Global Scientific Communications, Alexion Pharmaceuticals Incorporated. As a leader of scientific/medical communications teams within mid-size pharmaceutical companies, she has been responsible for developing and executing scientific publications and presentations for marketed products and those in development across a number of therapeutic areas, including rare diseases, pain management, CNS disorders, immune disorders, respiratory disease, virology, and oncology. She gained extensive experience through diverse leadership positions in areas ranging from pre-clinical drug discovery research to medical strategy to scientific/medical communications within the pharmaceutical and allied industries. Dr. Patel began her career in drug discovery as a post-doctoral scientist at GlaxoSmithKline in the United Kingdom. After ten years in research, she started her career in medical communications as a professional medical writer and team leader in medical communications agencies in the UK. Dr. Patel is a co-author of Good Publication Practice (GPP2), a steering committee member on the recently published GGP3 and is actively involved with ISMPP (past member of the Board of Trustees), TIPPA, and CBI congresses. She has fifteen years of experience in the field of scientific/medical communications and publications in both an agency and industry environment. Her comprehensive perspective on the field stems from this direct experience in medical writing and medical affairs roles within the pharmaceutical industry.



Alberto Pepe is Director of Product at Atypon where he oversees and manages the development of Authorea, a collaborative authoring tool for researchers. Alberto holds degrees in Astrophysics, Information and Computer Science from Harvard University, UCLA, and University College London. His Ph.D. dissertation, on scientific collaboration networks, was awarded with the Best Dissertation Award by the American Society for Information Science and Technology. 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 was born and raised in the wine-making town of Manduria, in Puglia, Southern Italy.



Eric Pesanelli is the Editorial Art Manager for The American Physiological Society publications department, Eric is directly involved in crafting internal procedures and workflows to deal directly with the ethical issue of figure manipulation. With all types of ethical cases on the rise, the APS decided to move to a more proactive position: adding resources, defining policy and procedures, actively investigating all cases of potential misconduct and developing education programs. Eric and his staff work closely with the APS Associate Publisher, in a concerted effort to reduce the amount of figure manipulation issues in APS journals.



Jason Roberts, PhD - After earning a doctorate in Geography from Loughborough University in the United Kingdom, Dr. Roberts began work in the subscription services department at Blackwell Science in Oxford, UK. Following a move to Blackwell's US office, he joined that company's editorial team and eventually rose to Publishing Manager and, subsequently, Senior Editor of US-based medical journals; in the latter position he developed and managed budgets and business plans and oversaw society/editor relations with the publisher. In 2004 he left Blackwell to become a Managing Editor. After receiving several requests to help out struggling editorial offices, along with Kristen Overstreet, he now runs Origin Editorial, providing peer review operational support and consultancies on peer review management best practice.

Dr. Roberts frequently serves as an invited speaker on such topics as publication ethics, peer review management and editorial office best practices. He is also an active supporter of using guidelines such as CONSORT for Randomized Controlled Trials to strengthen reporting standards in biomedical journals, believing that a smartly-run editorial office can deliver improvements to the quality of peer review and not just perform a purely operational role.



Donald Samulack is President of the U.S. Operations for Editage / Cactus Communications, Dr. Samulack is actively involved in supporting the publication needs of the academic and publishing communities, managing workflow across global time zones, and raising the level of awareness and professionalism of good publication practices, worldwide. As such, he understands the logistics of scholarly publication and the global outsourcing of author support and research communication services, and is a major player in shaping perceptions, defining workflows, and delivering quality.



Carolyn Sperry is the co-editor of EON, ISMTE’s monthly publication. Carolyn’s first position in publishing was as a manager at a trade book publisher from 2001-2003. In 2003 she began working for Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation as an Editorial Assistant. After staying home with her children and working as a freelance journalist and editor from 2006 to 2011, Carolyn was thrilled to come back to work at the Archives in 2011. Carolyn has a B.A. in English from the State University of New York College at Cortland.


Susan Spilka is one of the co-founders of the Workplace Equity Project and  provides strategic communications, public relations, and research services for an array of scholarly societies, publishers, and publishing services clients. She also promotes Knowledge Unlatched, the crowd-funded open-access service provider, to North American librarians. For two decades, Susan led internal and external Corporate Communications at Wiley, working with leadership to communicate the company’s evolving strategic narrative as revenue grew from $300 million to $1.8 billion and the Internet profoundly changed the business. She also served as the first Marketing & Communications Director for CHORUS, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to advancing cost-effective, sustainable public access to scholarly research literature.



Heather Tierney - After completing her Ph.D. in Chemistry, Heather joined the American Chemical Society (ACS) in 2010. In her time at ACS, Heather has worked as Managing Editor for the journals ACS Nano, Nano Letters, Accounts of Chemical Research, and Chemical Reviews. In 2016, Heather undertook a new role at ACS, as Managing Editor, Journals and Ethics Policy, and in 2018 she takes on the role of Manager, Publication Ethics. Heather helps to provide guidance on publication ethics and policy in accordance with industry standards as set by the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and other external agencies. Heather is also a member of the COPE Council.



Randy Townsend, MPS, is a Senior Program Manager at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) where he has worked for more than 10 years. His job focuses on the execution of department's strategic goals, and the performance and development of 13 scholarly publications, which requires active engagement with about 60 editors regarding peer review operations and content integrity. He has overseen a number of editor in chief transitions and works with staff to maximize the value of stakeholder experiences on all levels. He has been a leader in policy implementation and serves as the point of contact for ethics questions along with managing AGU's ethics-related activities.



Jeri Wachter has extensive experience publishing in science and technology. She brings strategic insights to customer engagement, product development, and events for organizations in science, education, social change, and sustainability. Jeri co-founded William Andrew Publishing (WA) – building marketing, public relations and partnerships for twenty years. She co-led the publishing program from one major reference work to over 400 titles, and collaborated on the development and launch of WA’s propriety platform Knovel – to share disparate information across publishers, societies and corporations. She started her career on the 4Cs campaign, and national sales training program for a DeBeers US site holder. Jeri previously served on the board of trustees at High Mowing School, as well as a member of the PSP Books Committee. Jeri has a B.A. in Biology and Sociology from Baruch College, CUNY.

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