Session 2C

Reimagining Research
The Health and Expanding Universe of Preprints

The robust growth of preprints, with 1.3 million papers on arXiv and over 1K submissions a month to bioRxiv, demonstrates that the publication workflow has already changed for researchers in several disciplines. Preprint servers are also significant open repositories serving communities that traditional publishers must consider. Where can we go from here? Panelists will introduce new repositories launching in 2018, their missions, and discuss the drivers of demand, business models, and success factors. ESSOAr, a new initiative from several earth and space science societies, will support poster publication and meetings and encourage discovery across the sciences. MedRxiv is a new preprint server, supported by Yale University Open Data Access, for the medical and healthcare communities. This session will address the opportunities for research communication and the implications for traditional publishing workflows.


John Sack, HighWire Press, Inc.
John Sack is one of the founders of HighWire Press and focuses on market assessment, technology innovation, and the kind of thought leadership and industry-forward thinking that has defined HighWire's mission since 1995. While this frequently involves working with new technology, as often it involves working with publishers and editors on new ideas, opportunities, or problems they wish to address. John considers himself a futurist or trend-spotter, in that he tries to watch what is happening in consumer and scholarly services and identify patterns that are just beginning to emerge. Twitter Handle: @johnsack


Brooks Hanson, American Geophysical Union
Hanson oversees AGU’s publications, meetings, and ethics programs and Thriving Earth Exchange, coordinating science activities across these initiatives. He served previously as Sr. Vice President for Publications at AGU, responsible for AGU's portfolio of many books and 20 journals and their editorial operations, helping set overall editorial policies, and leading future developments. Before arriving at AGU, he served as the Deputy Editor for Physical Sciences at Science and earlier as an editor at Science. Brooks has a Ph.D. in Geology from UCLA and held a post-doctoral appointment at the Department of Mineral Sciences, Smithsonian Institution. His main areas or research and publications span the tectonics of the western U.S., metamorphic petrology, modeling magmatic and hydrothermal processes, and on scholarly publishing. He is a fellow of the Geological Society of American and Mineralogical Society of America. Twitter Handle: @ESSOAr_org
John Inglis, bioRxiv, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Dr. John Inglis is co-founder of bioRxiv and medRxiv, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s preprint services for the life and health sciences, respectively. 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 initiator of other Trends journals. Twitter Handle - @johnringlis
Shirley Decker-Lucke, SSRN
Shirley Decker-Lucke is the Content Director of SSRN. SSRN is an early stage scholarly research platform with human curation and cross-disciplinary classification to facilitate discovery and ease of use. Prior to joining SSRN she was a Publishing Director for Elsevier’s books business, where she ran the life science program and led on projects joining content and technology in innovative ways. She has over 20 years of experience leading groups through change in publishing in the social sciences, humanities, and hard sciences. Twitter Handle - @DeckerLucke