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Supporting Peer Review with New Technology Tools
Thursday, February 20, 2020
2:00 PM - 1:00 PM Eastern standard time
Free for Members - $75 for Non-Members


If you are not available at the event time, as long as you are registered prior to the event, you will be able to access a recording via a link you will receive after the event.

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ISMTE offers this webinar FREE to its members. We are pleased to feature the following panel of presenters who will discuss:
Global scientific output is increasing while article submissions are becoming more complex with higher page counts, more detailed figures and more robust data sets. This exponential increase in experimental complexity places new demands on the publishing ecosystem and the peer review process. Can we expect referees to spend additional time analyzing these complex figures, data sets and code? Are they equipped to do this work? Compounding these trends, an increasing number of reviewer invitations are being sent and declined for an increasing number of manuscripts.

A number of new technology solutions are attempting to streamline the peer review process by providing different degrees of automation to parts of the process. Three panelists will address three technology solutions and will discuss how they envision these new workflows and publishing tools working in tandem to help alleviate the increased burden on peer review.





Thomas Lemberger

European Molecular Biology Organization

 Neil Blair Christensen


 Erika Pastrana         

Nature Research       

Thomas Lemberger
, Deputy Head of Scientific Publications, Chief Editor, Molecular Systems Biology, European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO)


Thomas will speak to a new platform, Review Commons []. Its goal is to help facilitate author-directed submission of refereed reprints to affiliate journals to expedite editorial consideration, reduce serial re-review, and streamline publication.

Thomas is Deputy Head of Scientific Publications at EMBO ( in Heidelberg, Germany. Trained as a molecular biologist, Thomas joined EMBO in 2005 as scientific editor to launch the open access journal Molecular Systems Biology ( He was Chief Editor of the journal for more than 10 years. As Deputy Head, Thomas is responsible for data and technology at EMBO Press. He initiated and heads the open data SourceData project ( and is responsible for the coordination of the peer-review platform Review Commons ( at EMBO.
Neil Blair Christensen, Sales Director, Americas, UNSILO


Neil will discuss how UNSILO Evaluate [] can reduce time to publication with a suite of APIs that help you screen and evaluate incoming manuscript submissions.

Neil Blair Christensen is Sales Director, Americas at UNSILO, an AI company that specializes in text intelligence and was recently acquired by Cactus Communications, a global scientific communications company. Prior to joining UNSILO, his experiences span 17 years in international publishing roles with Munksgaard, Blackwell, Nature Publishing Group, Wiley, and University of California Press. He has worked with production, editorial, product management, and business development across many subject domains and product types. 


Erika Pastrana, Editorial Director, Nature Research, Springer Nature

Erika will speak about a recent completed pilot [] where they used container technology for peer review and publication of code at several Nature journals.

Erika is responsible for management and editorial direction of Nature journals in applied sciences and chemistry (including Nature Biotechnology, Nature Medicine, Nature Methods, Nature Chemistry and Nature Machine Intelligence). She is part of the senior management group at Nature Research and participates in setting the overall strategy for Nature journals and new launches, as well as in the development of new editorial policies and practices. Erika has worked in editorial roles at Nature Research since 2010, and has spearheaded Nature journal’s policies for peer review and publication of code, among others.

Erika did her PhD on cellular models of axonal regeneration and applications to spinal cord injury models in rodents at the University of Madrid. She then worked as a postdoctoral research scientist at Columbia University, in New York, developing technologies to isolate neural stem cells from the adult rodent brain.


Pierre Montagano, Director of Business Development, Code Ocean


Pierre 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.

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