Speaker and Moderator Info
Rick Anderson is Associate Dean for Collections & Scholarly Communication in the J. Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah. He has worked previously as a bibliographer for YBP, Inc., as Head Acquisitions Librarian for the University of North Carolina, Greensboro and as Director of Resource Acquisition at the University of Nevada, Reno. He serves on numerous editorial and advisory boards and is a regular contributor to the Scholarly Kitchen. He has served as president of the North American Serials Interest Group, and was the recipient of the HARRASSOWITZ Leadership in Library Acquisitions Award. In 2015 he was elected President of the Society for Scholarly Publishing, and he is the author of three books, including Scholarly Communication: What Everyone Needs to Know (Oxford University Press, 2018).
Ivy Anderson is Associate Executive Director and Director of Collections at the California Digital Library, where she oversees a broad range of shared collections activities on behalf of the ten-campus University of California system. Ivy is probably best known for her work in content licensing and its relationship to scholarly communications concerns; much of her recent work has centered on facilitating the transition of licensed resources to open access. She was co-Principal Investigator on the Pay It Forward project, which examined the viability of a large-scale transition to open access for major North American research institutions, and currently chairs the Governing Council of SCOAP3, a global open access initiative in high energy physics. Before coming to the CDL in December 2005, Ivy was Program Manager for E-Resource Management and Licensing at the Harvard University Library, where she developed and managed a shared licensing program on behalf of Harvard’s many libraries.
Sarah Andrus is a Publisher of Science & Medicine journals at Oxford University Press, where she has recently worked with the Society of Breast Imaging to launch their first journal, the Journal of Breast Imaging. Prior to joining OUP in 2016 she was at Wiley for eight years, where her journal-launch projects included both publisher-owned and Society titles—including collaborations with the American Geophysical Union—and both traditional/hybrid and Open Access titles. Sarah is especially interested in how strategic product development can help publishers and their partners ensure long-term sustainability in a challenging market. She has a BA in Linguistics from Cornell and an MBA from New York University.
Maricruz Ariana Osorio is a graduate student at the University of California, Riverside. She is proud to be in the company of McNair Fellows, Eugene Cota-Robles Fellows, and APSA MFP Fellows. She has published on the topics of race and Latinx politics. Her current research projects focus on immigration, refugees, political psychology, and gender. Maricruz is also part of the duo that make up People of Color Also Know Stuff.
Betsy Beaumon is the CEO of Benetech. Betsy has served in executive leadership roles for both for-profit and nonprofit technology organizations, most recently as Benetech’s President, driving the development and growth of all Benetech initiatives including inclusive education, poverty alleviation, and human rights. Under Betsy’s leadership Benetech has scaled its largest social enterprise, Bookshare, to over 600,000 users in 80 countries, and launched Benetech Labs, to create the next impactful software and data innovations. She defined the concept of “Born Accessible,” a vision where all digital content is made accessible to everyone when created. This bold vision creates true and lasting systems change, through collaboration with major digital publishing players, and represents a rare case of a nonprofit disrupting its own service. Betsy is a social entrepreneur and engineer and has co-founded two software companies, including the first web-based Information and Referral service for human services. She holds a patent for her work in pioneering online global trade management applications. She has developed products across the software, semiconductor, and information sectors and previously held senior positions with BEA Systems, TradeBeam, Social Online Service, and Cisco Systems. She holds a degree in electrical engineering from Northwestern University.
Allison C. Belan is the Associate Director for Digital Strategy and Publishing Systems at Duke University Press. Allison works to align all aspects of the Press’s digital publishing strategy and operations to build a digital presence that connects scholars and thinkers to Duke University Press’s publications and that speeds our scholarship to the world.
Tom Beyer is Platform Services Director at Sheridan PubFactory. He is responsible for the evolution of the PubFactory hosting platform and has been involved in the design and construction of scholarly publishing platforms since the late 90s.
Pete Binfield has been a member of the OASPA Board since 2012. He is one of the co-founders of PeerJ (which has won several awards for innovation for both product types and business models), and prior to that he was the Publisher of PLOS ONE and the PLOS ‘Community Journals’. As such he has extensive experience in the open access world, since joining the field in 2008 (having come from the Institute of Physics, Kluwer Academic Publishers, Springer, and SAGE Publications). He has presented widely, and written several articles, on the topic of ‘open access megajournals’.
Emma Brink is an Editor at Wiley, serving as publication manager for a portfolio of journals in the Health Sciences on behalf of four society partners. In the last two years, she has led the launch and development of three new open access titles in liver disease, hematology, and rheumatology. She is a past co-chair and current member of SSP's Early Career Subcommittee, and a past SSP Emerging Leader Award winner.
Marianne Calilhanna is a content and technology professional with 30+ years of marketing, editorial, product development, publishing, and change management experience. She is an active member in the Society for Scholarly Publishing and currently serves as co-chair on the marketing and communications committee, a planning committee member on the Philadelphia regional events, and a member of the Diversity and Inclusion committee.
Matteo Cantiello is an Associate Research Scientist at the Center for Computational Astrophysics (Flatiron Institute, NYC) and a Visiting Associate Research Scholar in the Department of Astrophysical Sciences at Princeton University. His work focuses on the life and death of stars. He uses a variety of computational and observational tools, including 1D stellar evolution, 3D magneto-hydrodynamics calculations of stellar interiors, the study and observation of wave propagation inside stars (asteroseismology), the observations of stellar populations, stellar explosions and the gravitational wave emission from the mergers of compact stellar remnants. Matteo is passionate about openness and reproducibility in scientific research, and the evolution of software tools for scientific discovery and communication. Prior to moving to New York, Cantiello was a specialist in astrophysics at the Kavli Institute for Theoretical Physics at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and an Argelander Fellow at Bonn University. He holds a Ph.D. in theoretical astrophysics from Utrecht University, and a M.Sc. in theoretical physics from the University of Pisa. https://www.stellarphysics.org/
Todd Carpenter is Executive Director of the National Information Standards Organization (NISO), a non-profit industry trade association that fosters the development and maintenance of standards that facilitate the creation, persistent management, and effective interchange of information used in publishing, research, and learning. Throughout his career, Todd has served in a variety of roles with organizations that connected the publisher and library communities. Prior to joining NISO, Todd had been Director of Business Development with BioOne. He has also held management positions at The Johns Hopkins University Press, the Energy Intelligence Group, and The Haworth Press.
Jason Colman is Senior Associate Librarian and Director of Publishing Services at Michigan Publishing, the Library division that also includes the University of Michigan Press and the Deep Blue repository. His department is home to about 30 open access journals and publishes about 15 books per year across a wide range of disciplines. It is also the digital home for Lever Press, ACLS Humanities e-Book, and other partners on the Fulcrum platform, which is being developed with funding from the Mellon foundation.
Lettie Conrad, in her more than 15 years of publishing experience, has led user-centered web and mobile product development, delivering product design, research, and analysis that enables evidence-based digital product management. Dedicated to optimizing the researcher experience with digital scholarly resources, Lettie has established her expertise in content discoverability and accessibility. She is currently a publishing and product development consultant working with a portfolio of global clients. Lettie serves as North American Editor for Learned Publishing a chef for SSP’s Scholarly Kitchen, and a part-time information science doctoral student in a remote program at Queensland University of Technology via San Jose State’s iSchool. Read more about Lettie on LinkedIn, ORCID or Twitter.
Andrew Conway is a professor of psychology in the Division of Behavioral and Organizational Sciences at Claremont Graduate University. Conway’s research is aimed at understanding individual differences in intelligence and working memory capacity. People differ in their cognitive abilities and these differences matter in life, in terms of academic achievement, job performance, income, health, and happiness. His research is concerned with how cognitive abilities are measured and what role they play in various real-world cognitive tasks such as learning new information, reading and listening comprehension, and decision making. Conway continues to publish extensively and together with several other memory researchers, he contributed the entry on “Working Memory and Intelligence” to The Cambridge Handbook of Intelligence in 2011. He has published other articles on the subject that can be found in Memory & Cobgnition; Attention, Perception & Psychophysics; Cognitive, Affective & Behavioral Neuroscience; and Psychonomic Bulletin & Review.
Jason Colman is Senior Associate Librarian and Director of Publishing Services at Michigan Publishing, the Library division that also includes the University of Michigan Press and the Deep Blue repository. His department is the home to about 30 open access journals and publishes about 20 books per year across a wide range of disciplines. It is also the digital home for Lever Press, ACLS Humanities e-Book, and other publishing partners on the Fulcrum open source publishing platform, which is being developed at Michigan with funding from the Mellon foundation.
Danielle Cooper is the senior qualitative researcher at Ithaka S+R, where she focuses on how information practices are evolving in higher education. Her work focuses on creating large-scale cohort-based projects and working with underrepresented and under-resourced academic communities, including current projects on Indigenous Studies scholars, community colleges, and post-secondary correctional education. She is a passionate applied researcher and has trained over 200 librarians to-date to collaborate on Ithaka S+R projects.
Hillary Corbett is the Director of Communications at the Northeastern University Library in Boston, Massachusetts, where she has worked in several roles since 2005. She also serves as the university’s Copyright Officer, providing assistance to faculty, staff, and students on issues of intellectual property, copyright, and fair use. She is a current SSP board member. Hillary holds an M.I.L.S. from the University of Michigan and a Master of Arts in American Studies from the University of Massachusetts at Boston. Active in publishing and presenting about scholarly communication for a decade, Hillary is now crafting a new professional identity after moving into a communications position in 2019.
Beth Craanen joined The Electrochemical Society (ECS) as the Associate Director of Development and Membership Services in December 2014. She was promoted to the Director of Membership Services in September 2015 and was named Director of Publications in September 2016. Beth has been closely involved with ECS’s Free the Science initiative since its inception and leads all aspects of the society’s publishing program. Prior to ECS, she spent over 14 years working in higher education and most recently served as the founding Director for Student Affairs and Community Engagement in the School of Pharmacy at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Beth holds a Bachelor of Science degree from Johnson & Wales University and a Master of Science degree from West Chester University of Pennsylvania.
Laura E. Crotty Alexander, MD, Associate Professor of Medicine at the University of California San Diego (UCSD), Staff Physician and Researcher at the VA San Diego Healthcare System, is a Pulmonary Critical Care specialist with clinical and research-based interests in e-cigarettes. She studies the effects of cigarette smoke and e-cigarette vapor on bacterial virulence, as well as the effects of e-cigarettes on airway inflammation, organ and innate immune function. Dr. Crotty Alexander is active in the American Thoracic Society (ATS), serving on the Nominating Committee and as Chair of the Training Committee. She has received funding from the NIH, VA, AHA and ATS for her novel research studies. Dr. Crotty Alexander is a graduate of Duke University School of Medicine, completed residency at Massachusetts General Hospital, the Harvard Pulmonary Critical Care Fellowship Program, and a postdoctoral fellowship in Host Defense and Bacterial Virulence at UCSD.
Raym Crow is Senior Consultant with the SPARC Consulting Group and principal of Chain Bridge Group, a consulting firm that provides publishing and sustainability planning services to learned and professional societies, university presses, academic libraries, and digital publishing projects. Crow specializes in developing plans for collaborative publishing projects and collective business models capable of supporting open-access dissemination. He has a B.A. from Whittier College and an M.A. and a Ph.D. from the University of Pennsylvania.
Bekah Darksmith is the Chief Marketing & Communications Officer for PLOS, joining the organization February 2018 to lead strategic development and management of outreach, marketing, and communications. Over the past 20 years, she has worked across academic, not‐for‐profit, and commercial publishing markets, with the bulk of her career spent at the University of California Press in progressively senior roles. Bekah most recently served UC Press in a dual capacity. As its Deputy Director, she developed strategy and oversaw operations for all revenue-generating functions within the organization—marketing, sales, rights and licensing as well as fundraising. As the Executive Director of the UC Press Foundation, she was responsible for overseeing efforts to drive philanthropic support for UC Press through engagement with its Board of Trustees, donors, and administration of the organization’s endowment. Bekah joined the OASPA Board in 2018.
Douglas R. Dechow is the Digital Humanities and Sciences Librarian at Chapman University. Dechow is also the Director of Digital Projects for the Center for American War Letters. He often collaborates with his wife, poet Anna Leahy. Their most recent book together is Generation Space: A Love Story (Stillhouse, 2017). Dechow is also the co-editor of Intertwingled: The Work and Influence of Ted Nelson, and he is co-author of The Craft of Librarian Instruction and Squeak: A Quick Trip to Objectland. His writing has appeared in Aviation History, TheAtlantic.com, Air & Space Magazine, Fifth Wednesday Journal, Curator, and Chapman Magazine. Dechow holds a PhD in Computer Science from Oregon State University and MSLIS from the University of Illinois.
Elizabeth Demers has worked in scholarly, trade, and commercial publishing as an acquiring editor in the social sciences and humanities. She has a Ph.D. in American History from Michigan State University and an MBA from the University of Maryland. She is the co-editor of The Encyclopedia of American Populism. In her free time she competes on the Women's World Curling Tour, knits, runs, and unsuccessfully tries to train her cats, Henry and Gustav.
Caroline Desrosiers has an academic publishing background managing digital content production and distribution to channel partners, most recently at SAGE. Her lifelong love of stories, commitment to education and determination to spark positive change inspired her to co-found textBOX - a company dedicated to a future that assures equal access to knowledge for all readers. Caroline has a BA in English Literature and Psychology from the University of Southern California. @textboxdigital
Jennifer Deyton has a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from the University of Utah and a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies degree from Duke University. Before accepting a position with Arthritis & Rheumatism (A&R) at Duke University, she worked in the Public Affairs Department for the North Carolina Medical Board. After working for A&R for five years, she joined forces with Julie Nash to develop and improve upon the role of the Managing Editor. From there, her career in publishing flourished into a successful and innovative company. Jennifer currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Council of Science Editors, and the Program Committee for the Society for Scholarly Publishing. She has also served as a Board Member and Program Chair for the Asian-Pacific meeting for the International Society of Managing and Technical Editors and is currently a member of the Editorial Policies Committee, as well as the Chair of the Marketing Committee for the Council of Science Editors.
Rob Dilworth, journals director of Duke University Press, has worked in scholarly publishing for over twenty-five years. Rob oversees DUP’s journals program and focuses on acquisitions of new titles and partnership management. He is dedicated to supporting the editorial vision of journal editors and the mission of scholarly societies and has a keen interest in sustainable economic models for publications.
Stephanie Diment has held a number of positions in scholarly publishing: currently she is Director of Publishing Development in the US for Wiley, but previously held positions at Nature (Publisher of Nature Life Science titles), and Biomed Central (Editorial Director, Life Sciences). Stephanie’s mission is to help Wiley navigate the transition towards Open Research, while working with fellow stakeholders to deliver a sustainable publishing future. Prior to her career in publishing, Stephanie was an Assistant Professor of Pathology at New York University School of Medicine. She holds a PhD in biochemistry.
Scott Dineen oversees production and publishing operations for The Optical Society (OSA) portfolio of journals. He has been a technology and process innovation leader at OSA for more than 15 years. Scott previously held positions in publishing at the World Bank, teaching English in Central Europe, and circus performing across North America.
Lyndsey Dixon works at the forefront of the changing publishing landscape in Asia Pacific. Leading a rapidly expanding team across the region Lyndsey is responsible for developing the T&F profile, journal portfolio and penetration of the APAC research market. She is a recognised industry expert in APAC collaborating with stakeholders across the research ecosystem to ensure regional research, and researchers are connected globally.
Melanie Dolechek is the Executive Director of the Society for Scholarly Publishing. She has been active in scholarly publishing since 2006, previously serving as the Director of Publishing and Marketing of Allen Press. She plays an active role in the Coalition for Diversity and Inclusion in Scholarly Communication, is an advisory board member of the Workplace Equity Project, and currently serves as treasurer of the Kansas City Society of Association Executives. Melanie holds a Master of Science in Management from Baker University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Kansas State University.
Nick Dormer is a co-chair on the SSP Diversity & Inclusion Task Force. He is a community enthusiast who promotes team environments where honesty, courage, proactivity, and open-mindedness are values synonymous with success.
Michelle English holds a master’s degree in English and Publishing from Rosemont College and BA degrees in English and Philosophy from the State University of New York at Geneseo. She is the Director of Operations at J&J Editorial, LLC and serves as the Vice President of the International Society of Managing and Technical Editors. Michelle serves on the Career Development Committee for SSP, and is active in the SSP Mentorship Program.
Kathy Essmiller is the Open Educational Resources Librarian at Oklahoma State University. Her background is in arts education, and she has classroom music teaching experience with PK-12 and in higher education. Kathy holds an M.M. from Kansas State University, an M.S. (educational technology) from Oklahoma State University, and is working toward a Ph.D. (educational technology) at Oklahoma State University. In her current appointment she advocates for and supports the use and development of Open Educational Resources on the campus of Oklahoma State University. Her research interests include equity and diversity issues in the Open movement, definitions of creativity in the arts and industry, and partnering effective instructional design with digital resources to provide quality, accessible educational opportunities.
Ryan Alexander Farrell received his BA in American History from the University of California, Santa Cruz in 2008 and his MA in History of Medicine with Distinction from Oxford Brookes University in 2013. 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. Ryan is a member of the SSP Early Career Subcommittee, Washington, D.C. Local Group, and Mentorship Program as well as the North American Conference Planning Committee of the International Society of Managing and Technical Editors.
Jennifer Fleet is currently the Chief Operating Officer at Aries Systems Corporation and is responsible for the operations and strategy for the business. Jennifer started with Aries Systems in 2005 as the Director of Client Services and later became the Director of Strategic Client Solutions. In both roles she has led the client services teams in the US and Europe in the implementation and support of the online peer review system, Editorial Manager, and the production tracking system, ProduXion Manager. Over the years, her position has grown to include more cross-departmental initiatives, including driving the development of XML-based workflows. Her past experience includes Director of Publishing Services at Sheridan Journals Services, as well as holding editorial and production positions with society publications, such as PNAS and The Plant Cell. Jennifer holds a BA in Art History and English Literature from the University of Wisconsin and an MBA from Johns Hopkins University.
Erin Foley is a Strategic Account Manager at Copyright Clearance Center. She manages a multi-million dollar portfolio of several of CCC’s largest strategic publisher partners, which includes interfacing regularly with contacts at all levels of a publisher’s organization and managing the cross-functional CCC teams required to maintain and grow a publisher’s business.
Charles Fox is a professor of evolutionary biology at University of Kentucky. He also is senior editor of Functional Ecology, coeditor of five books in evolutionary biology, and coeditor of the Year in Evolution series (published by Wiley-Blackwell). He has an extensive publishing history of more than 100 refereed articles and has served as an editor and previous member of British Ecological Society's Publications Committee.
Ann Gabriel and her global team engage with key stakeholders across the research enterprise to establish strategic collaborations and to use analytics and data to address societal challenges in the area of sustainability, diversity and inclusion, and open science. She has held a variety of positions at the forefront of scholarly communication, most recently as Elsevier’s Publishing Director for journals in Computer Science and Engineering, as well as electronic product development for Elsevier’s ScienceDirect platform. She was previously with Cambridge University Press. Ann represents Elsevier on several STM (Scientific, Technical & Medical) industry committees, including the CHORUS board and RA21 (Resource Access for the 21st Century), each with a mission to enhance access to scientific data and publication. Ann holds a master’s degree in communications from the University of Pennsylvania.
Richard Gallagher is President & Editor-in-Chief of Annual Reviews, a nonprofit publisher that synthesizes and integrates knowledge for the progress of science and the benefit of society. Richard has a PhD from the Department of Cell Biology at Glasgow University, Scotland, and spent 10 years in research, five as Wellcome Trust Lecturer in Immunology at Trinity College, University of Dublin, Ireland, working on the immunopathology of celiac disease. He served as Office Head and Senior Editor for Science magazine’s Europe Office in Cambridge, England before being appointed Chief Biology Editor at Nature in London, England where he managed publication of the papers describing the sequencing of the human genome. He was later appointed Publisher of Nature before moving to Philadelphia, PA where was Editor & Publisher of The Scientist magazine. He joined Annual Reviews in 2015.
Ed Gerstner is the Director of Journal Policy & Strategy for Springer Nature. He is responsible for the development and implementation of policy and strategy across the entire Springer Nature journal portfolio. He is also the chair of Springer Nature's Grand Challenges Steering Group, whose task is to coordinate and enhance the company's support of research and researchers who are seeking solutions to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. He has a PhD in Physics from the University of Sydney and several years’ postdoctoral research experience at the universities of Cambridge, Sydney, and Surrey. He has been an editor with Nature Research for over sixteen years, with stints at Nature, Nature Materials, Nature Physics, and Nature Communications. He’s spoken at close to one hundred universities and research institutes around the world, to a sum total of over ten thousand researchers.
Matt Giampoala serves as the Vice President for Publications for the American Geophysical Union (AGU). He’s responsible for overseeing AGU’s publications, including 21 journals and its books program. Matt has extensive experience as a publisher of journals and books across the spectrum of STM publishing and has led efforts in expanding access and engagement through open science and reproducibility initiatives. He is an advocate for promoting diversity and mentorship in scholarly publishing. Before arriving at AGU, he served in roles at Springer, Wiley, and Elsevier. Matt has a Ph.D. in Neuroscience from the Perlman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania.
Angela Gibson is the director of scholarly communication at the MLA, where she oversees the association’s journal, PMLA; book publications program; and digital initiatives. Her work includes expanding the array of educational and editorial resources available on the MLA Style Center; enriching the MLA’s open access resources, including the CORE repository and MLA Commons; and making tools for research and collaboration available to students and educators. Gibson holds a PhD in medieval literature and previously taught courses on writing and literature.
Atul Goel is responsible for the overall leadership and management of Cenveo’s Publisher Services Group, which comprises the content, print, warehouse, fulfillment, and distribution businesses. He leads the creation and implementation of the strategic business plan; the overall direction of operations, technology, and sales; the recruitment, integration, development, and management of the senior leadership team; customer relations; and business development. Over the last two decades, Atul has worked extensively with clients and offshore providers both in the area of technology development and operations to define the unique value proposition for Cenveo’s customers and create a true global production model. He has a successful track record of identifying M&A opportunities, performing due diligence, and leading the acquisition and successful integration of companies into the business. Atul has a Bachelor’s of Engineering degree from University of Poona (India); a Master’s of Science degree in Technology from Pittsburg State University, Pittsburgh; and a MBA from Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA.
Mike Groth, Director of Marketing at Cenveo, oversees all aspects of strategy and implementation across digital, social, conference, advertising and PR channels. Mike has spent 25 years in marketing for scholarly publishing, previously at Emerald, Ingenta, Publishers Communication Group, the New England Journal of Medicine and Wolters Kluwer. A committee chair for the Society for Scholarly Publishing, he has blogged and presented at the SSP, ALA, ER&L and Charleston conferences on topics ranging from market trends, library budgets and research impact, to user experience, emerging markets and online communities. Mike holds a BS in Communications from Boston University and an MBA from Northeastern University. @mikegroth72
Bonnie Gruber is a Partner and Practice Director at Delta Think, Inc., a consultancy focused on business insights and intelligence, committed to innovation and growth in scholarly communications. With more than twenty-five years of experience in the publishing and technology industries, Bonnie has held senior positions in product strategy, customer insight and user experience, market strategy, market research, and market development, and product development and management. She has worked with many non-profit and commercial organizations to develop and deliver new strategies and products to better serve their communities. Bonnie’s unique value is her ability to build and execute customer insight methodologies for publishers and societies.
Jon Gurstelle is the Publishing Director at the American Political Science Association (APSA). He has spent last 13 years in academic publishing at Blackwell Publishing, Springer, John Wiley & Sons prior to joining APSA, and he has served as both a book editor and journal publisher in several disciplines including Political Science, Economics and Statistics. He has been active in AAP’s Professional and Scholarly Publishing division and is on the Finance Committee of SSP. Jon is based at the APSA Headquarters and oversees over 20 APSA and affiliated journals as well as the book program of the Association. He is currently leading a data collection project to gather information on all authors and co-authors of APSA journals.
Eric Hall is a Product Manager for HighWire Press, responsible for the growth and development of their submission and analytics products. Prior to joining HighWire, Eric was Product Director for PRE (Peer Review Evaluation). Eric began his career as journal publisher for various scholarly and professional organizations, specializing in bibliometrics and strategic journal development.
Gabriel Harp held a number of operational and product roles over more than a decade with Cell Press/Elsevier, where he helped to develop Figure360 and the original Article of the Future initiative. More recently, this year he has taken the exciting plunge into the into the world of university press publishing. At MIT Press, he now leads the Digital Products and Software Services team and also supports the work of the Knowledge Futures Group, a partnership between MIT Press and the MIT Media Lab. He has been active within SSP for several years and is currently co-chair of the Philanthropic Fund Task Force. Outside of work, he enjoys fishing for striped bass and spending time outdoors with his family.
Alan Harvey has 30 years of experience in scholarly publishing, half in science publishing and half in humanities and social sciences. A mathematician by training, Alan began his publishing career at Cambridge University Press. After stints in both Cambridge and New York, Alan relocated to California to open and run a West Coast Office for Cambridge. Alan first joined Stanford University Press as Editor-in-Chief, rising then to Deputy Director and finally Director in 2012.
Kevin S. Hawkins is assistant dean for scholarly communication for the University of North Texas Libraries, where he founded the library publishing program and directs services to help researchers communicate with one another. Prior to joining UNT in 2014, he was director of publishing operations for Michigan Publishing, the hub of scholarly publishing at the University of Michigan Library which includes the university press. Kevin was also visiting metadata manager for the Digital Humanities Observatory, a project of the Royal Irish Academy. He has served on advisory boards for Project MUSE, the Open Access Publishing Cooperative Study, and Editoria, was first president of the board of the Library Publishing Coalition, and has contributed to major standards for digital publishing. He has BAs in Russian and linguistics from the University of Maryland and an MS in library and information science from the University of Illinois.
Dr. Darla Henderson is Publisher, Global Journals Development and Assistant Director of Open Access Programs at the American Chemical Society. She is responsible for the conception, development, and execution of ACS’s multi-faceted open access publishing strategy, including expanded options, rewards, ecommerce, and both hybrid and fully open access journals in the ACS portfolio. Darla led the organization of the chemistry community around the launch of a chemistry preprint server, ChemRxiv, and developed relationships with fellow organizations to govern and support the service. Prior to this role, Darla was responsible for the general and multidisciplinary chemistry portfolio of journals and books, including ACS’ flagship, Journal of the American Chemical Society, the ACS’ highest impact journal, Chemical Reviews, and launching new journals. Before joining ACS, Darla led a chemistry books and databases program at John Wiley & Sons. Darla has a Ph.D. in organic chemistry with a biological focus from Duke University.
Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe is Professor/Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction in the University Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She is also an affiliate faculty member in the University’s School of Information Sciences. Lisa has presented and published widely on information literacy, teaching and learning, the value of libraries, scholarly communications and publishing, library assessment, program evaluation, and organizational innovation. She is an internationally sought after speaker and trainer. Lisa writes for The Scholarly Kitchen and is the editor of the journal Library Trends. For more information: lisahinchliffe.com
Leah Hinds was appointed Executive Director of the Charleston Conference in 2017, and has served in various roles with the Charleston Information Group, LLC, since 2004. Leah is also Editor for the Against the Grain (ATG) website and part of the executive team for the Charleston Briefings publication series. Prior to working for the conference and ATG, she was Assistant Director of Graduate Admissions for the College of Charleston for four years.
Brian Hole is the CEO of Ubiquity Press. He founded Ubiquity Press out of frustration with the options provided by legacy publishers and platforms for open access and open science. The Ubiquity platform is a SaaS offering for university presses and libraries that offers full support for journal, book, OER and conference publishing, as well as repositories. A customer charter and community governance guarantee that all products will remain 100% open source and open access. Prior to Ubiquity Brian held positions at Business Objects, Elsevier and the British Library. He holds a PhD in archaeology from University College London.
Marian Hollingsworth is Director, Publisher Relations at Clarivate Analytics. She and her team assist scholarly publishers to understand and navigate the Web of Science content evaluation process and indexing policies. Previously, Marian served as Assistant Director at NFAIS (National Federation of Advanced Information Services), an association that will soon merge with NISO (National Information Standards Organization). She spent the first half of her career working in academic, corporate, and public libraries. Marian is an active SSP member, having served on the SSP Board of Directors, as well as Co-Chair of the Education Committee for several years. She currently is the Vice Chair of the NISO Board.
Mala Htun is Professor of Political Science at the University of New Mexico and co-PI and deputy director of ADVANCE at UNM. She is the author of Inclusion Without Representation in Latin America: Gender Quotas and Ethnic Reservations (Cambridge University Press, 2016), Sex and the State: Abortion, Divorce, and the Family under Latin American Dictatorships and Democracies (Cambridge Press, 2003), and The Logics of Gender Justice: State Action on Women’s Rights around the World (Cambridge 2018, co-authored with Laurel Weldon). In 2015, she was named an Andrew Carnegie Fellow. Formerly, she held the Council on Foreign Relations International Affairs Fellowship in Japan, and was a fellow at the Kellogg Institute of the University of Notre Dame and the Radcliffe Institute of Harvard. She has been supported by grants and fellowships from the National Science Foundation, National Institutes of Health, Norwegian Research Council, Social Science Research Council, and National Security Education Program. She has served as a consultant to the World Bank, UN Women, Inter-American Development Bank, and the Inter-American Dialogue. She holds a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard and a A.B. in international relations from Stanford, and was Assistant and then Associate Professor at the New School for Social Research from 2000-2011.
Ryan James Jessup earned his Juris Doctor and a Master’s in Public Affairs & Administration in 2015 from Western Michigan University after first receiving a Bachelor of Science from Thomas Jefferson University's School of Business in 2008. He is now the Director of External & Legal Affairs for Impact Journals, the open-access publishing house for Oncotarget, Aging, Oncoscience and Genes & Cancer. Ryan maintains and expands their positive public image with web design, advertising, content development, social media, search engine optimization, enhanced media, business development, conference coverage and legal affairs. Since joining the scholarly publishing industry three years ago, Ryan has been most notably interviewed by Eric Michaels, of the eHealth radio network, for launching the Rapamycin Press Medical Blog. Mr. Jessup’s efforts have also been highlighted in articles like "Law Suits in Science" and "Information Access in the 21st Century: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly".
Quincey Justman is the Editor-in-Chief of Cell Systems and one of its founding scientific editors. She has a BA in biology from Reed College, a Ph.D. in Biophysics from UCSF, and has done research on cell physiology at Harvard.
Sanjeev Kalyanaraman leads codeMantra’s global operations, content and platform solutions. During his 15+ years of experience, Sanjeev has organized teams and built products that have transformed enterprise and consumer businesses. Sanjeev was the founder and CEO of SumEqual, that provided consumer engagement solutions to publishers. Prior to that, Sanjeev was with Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) in various leadership roles including founding the consumer business unit.
Scott Kahn is the Chief Information Officer at LunaPBC where he is responsible for all informatics and data science strategy. Through his ongoing work with the Helmsley Charitable Trust Scott has worked on data privacy and data sharing policies for biomedical organizations globally, and he serves on the Board of Directors for Rady Children’s Institute of Genomic Medicine. Previously Scott was Illumina's first Chief Information Officer, and he also was an executive leader in Illumina's Enterprise Informatics Unit. Scott has a PhD in Theoretical Organic Chemistry from UC Irvine and was a Fellow Commoner of Churchill College at the University of Cambridge in England.
Lauren Kane is chief strategy and operating officer of the nonprofit scientific publisher BioOne. She oversees sales and content development of the full-text aggregation BioOne Complete, and executes new services, products, and partnerships that further BioOne’s mission. An active community participant, Lauren serves on the SSP Board of Directors and as co-chair of ALPSP’s Professional Development Committee. She holds a BA from Georgetown University and an MBA from the University of New Hampshire.
Jojo Karlin is a PhD student in English and a Digital Fellow at the Graduate Center, CUNY. A member of the editorial collective of the Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy, she co-edited Issue 14, Teaching and Research with Archives. Her work was recently published in MLA's Literary Studies in the Digital Age. This summer, Jojo will return to teach at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute and the Digital Humanities Research Institutes. As Graduate Fellow to Manifold Scholarship, an open source publishing platform built by the GC, University of Minnesota Press, and Cast Iron Coding, Jojo focuses on open educational resources. She teaches at Brooklyn College.
Sai Konda is a Senior Managing Editor in the Global Journals Development, Publications Division, at the American Chemical Society (ACS). He began his publishing career as a Managing Editor at ACS after graduating with a Ph.D. in computational chemistry from the University of Texas at Austin, and postdoctoral research at the University of Delaware. He currently manages the largest journals (in terms of publications) at ACS, overseeing ten journals in the applied materials and physical chemistry portfolios. He also manages a team of Managing and Development Editors facilitating the peer-review process, and the day-to-day functioning of the journals. Sai is a previous recipient of the SSP Early Career Fellowship, and is the co-chair of the Early-Career Subcommittee of SSP.
Nettie Lagace is the Associate Director for Programs at NISO, where she is responsible for facilitating the work of NISOs topic committees and development groups for standards and best practices, and working with the community to encourage broad adoption of this consensus work. Prior to joining NISO in 2011, Nettie worked for a library software vendor, where she served for 11 years as project training librarian and product manager. She holds a M.I.L.S. from the University of Michigan.
Heather Lantz, with a Masters' in Communication and new media and working seventeen years within the scholarly publishing industry, my expertise includes developing and executing strategic business models, cultivating partnerships, providing sales leadership, and developing marketing strategies within the public and academic library sectors. As the North American Sales Team Director and Business Operations Manager at Publishers Communication Group (PCG), I achieve sales targets by providing “best in industry” service to our publishing partners and strive to meet their expectations as well as managing the sales team that represents them. PCG, an Ingenta company, is an internationally recognized sales and marketing consulting firm providing a range of services designed to support and drive your sales strategy.
Byron Laws has a background in electronics in the US Air Force and a degree in Marketing/Public Relations from the University of Utah, Byron has worked in scholarly publishing for more than 20 years helping publishers use technology to simplify processes and solve problems. This includes leadership roles at Ovid Technologies (Wolters Kluwer), Aptara, and Lumina Datamatics. Byron heads the Americas region for Nova Techset, a Katalyst operating company.
Eleni Lialiamou develops Atypon’s strategies for content monetization, commerce, business models, identity management, and access control. She holds ten patents in the areas of gaming and charging in mobile networks and has developed several commercially successful products for the mobile, online gaming, and publishing industries. Eleni is the coauthor of a book about service management and has been a contributor to the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and the Third-Generation Partnership Project (3GPP). She holds a master’s degree
in telecommunications and computer science from the National Technical University of Athens and an MBA from the University of Piraeu.
Tim Lloyd is the founder and CEO of LibLynx, a provider of cloud-based identity & access management solutions for the knowledge industry. As Co-Chair of the RA21 Outreach Committee, he is a vocal advocate for demystifying and improving identity and access technologies. Prior to LibLynx, Tim spent a decade working with libraries as Chief Operating Officer and Head of Music Publishing at Alexander Street Press. Tim has over 15 years of experience in developing innovative and successful electronic products for educational markets, including the first dedicated streaming audio and video collections for libraries.
Jim Longo is the VP of product leadership & Design at highWire who brings a deep understanding of technology, customer-centric, design and best practices. Jim's main focus is on driving value and innovation to our customers. He held similar positions with market-leading platforms at LexisNexis, Intuit, and Dun & Bradstreet.
Greg Malar is the business development director at Rockefeller University Press and is responsible for library relations, marketing, and sales. Greg began his career in scholarly publishing in 1991, working on a project to digitize L’Année philologique, the standard bibliography for research in classical antiquity. Greg joined Rockefeller University Press in 1995 and was part of the team that brought the Press into the age of electronic publishing. He is active in several publishing and library organizations and currently serves on the NASIG Vendor and Publisher Engagement Taskforce. Greg has a BA in Classics from Franklin and Marshall College and an MBA from New York University’s Leonard N. Stern School of Business.
Jennifer Maurer is currently a Library Sales Manager at Cambridge University Press, with regional oversight of ebooks and journals collection sales in the Midwest, Pacific Northwest, and Southwest US. Her previous roles include Computer Science editorial at Springer Science + Business Media, and marketing and sales positions at OCLC and Springer Nature, respectively. Based in New York City (and a Queens native), Jennifer is a classically trained opera singer and perpetual travel enthusiast.
Courtney McAllister is the Electronic Resources Librarian at Yale University's Lillian Goldman Law Library in New Haven, Connecticut. Her scholarship focuses on organizational cultures, scholarly communication, assessment, and emerging technologies. Her MLIS is from the University of South Carolina: Columbia. She holds an MA in International Performance Research from the University of Warwick and a BA in English from the University of Mary Washington. She has contributed chapters to Technical Services: Adapting to a Changing Environment (Purdue UP) and Creativity for Library Career Advancement: Perspectives, Techniques and Eureka Moments (with Christine Elliott, McFarland). She is the author of an upcoming LITA Guide on applying change management practices to library systems and technologies. Courtney is Associate Editor of The Serials Librarian (Taylor & Francis).
Megan McCarty, a 2018 SSP Early Career Fellow, has worked at J&J Editorial for over 4 years. She works with clients–from independent self-publishing societies to university presses–to manage journal workflows in the peer review and post-acceptance publication stages. With extensive experience on the major submission systems, she has helped clients transition to new systems, and provides daily systems support. This past year, Megan has also begun volunteering for a few SSP committees, including the Durham Regional Committee, who are organizing an event to explore the implications of Plan S, help publishers and librarians develop funder compliance strategies, and open the door for collaboration among stakeholders. Before transitioning into publishing, Megan was a classically-trained cellist; she completed her MA in Music Literature from Boston University and as a DAAD scholarship recipient, spent one year in Germany completing archival research. She has two adorable cats, Nelson and Wade, and hopes to be able to foster animals in the future.
Alison McGonagle-O’Connell is passionate about moving scholarly communications forward. After over 15 years in the industry working for commercial publishers (Houghton Mifflin, Blackwell Publishing, Wiley) and SaaS vendors (EBSCO, Aries), Alison has developed special interest in leveraging technology to increase collaboration and transform workflow. In early 2018, her interest led her to join the Collaborative Knowledge (Coko) Foundation. She is co-chair of the CRediT Program Committee, and she participates on the ISMTE Board of Directors. She is an elected Library Trustee in the small town of South Hampton, NH, where she lives with her family.
Alice Meadows is Director of Communications for ORCID. Our vision is a world where all who participate in research, scholarship, and innovation are uniquely identified and connected with their contributions and affiliations -- across disciplines, borders, and time. Prior to joining ORCID, Alice held a range of senior communications and marketing roles at Wiley and, before that, Blackwell. She is a regular contributor to the Scholarly Kitchen and an SSP Board member. In 2018 she received the SSP Distinguished Service Award.
Ann Michael is CEO of Delta Think, a business and technology consulting and advisory firm focused on strategy and innovation in scholarly communications. Ann is an ardent believer in data informed decision-making and was instrumental in the 2017 launch of the Delta Think Open Access Data & Analytics Tool (OA DAT), a comprehensive, interactive, regularly updated data set with diverse visualizations and extensive analysis, which enables publishers, librarians, and funders to track and assess the impact of open access uptake and policies on the scholarly communications ecosystem. Ann is a Past President of SSP, a Board Officer for NFAIS, a Board Director at Joule (a Canadian Medical Association company), a frequent speaker at industry conferences, a member of the Learned Publishing Editorial Board, and a contributor to the SSP’s blog, The Scholarly Kitchen. She is currently pursuing her second master’s degree, in Business Analytics, at the NYU Stern School.
Sophie Mohin is the Managing Editor at Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers, an independently owned academic publishing house located in New York. Sophie has close to 15 years of STEM publishing experience and currently manages 30 academic, peer-reviewed journals as part of the 90+ journal portfolio at Liebert, Inc., including Soft Robotics, Tissue Engineering, Stem Cells and Development, Big Data, 3D Printing and Additive Manufacturing, and new launches that include Bioelectricity, PHAGE, and The CRISPR Journal. From launching new publications to growing top-performing journals within the portfolio, Sophie is dedicated to everything she does and everyone she encounters. Prior to joining the wonderful team at Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers, Sophie worked at the Proceedings of the Academy of Sciences (PNAS) and POLITICO.
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.
Jonathan Morgan has strategic and operational responsibility for ACS's two primary publishing platforms, ACS Paragon Plus (submission and peer review system), and the ACS Publications Website (content delivery, ACS Journal websites). As head of Digital Strategy & Publishing Platforms, he leads a talented group of managers and publishing technologists working across functional areas of analytics, content, digital products, and operations. The department’s mission: apply technology that simultaneously (1) delivers substantive value to end user scientists, and (2) delivers quantifiable progress toward ACS’s strategic goals.
Agata Morka has been working in open access publishing for eight years, developing sustainable business models for OA books and creating and managing editorial teams dedicated to the growth of OA books. Prior to joining Springer Nature as Senior Manager, Open Access Books in 2017, she has worked at De Gruyter, supervising the OA books programme. She is an art historian by passion and by training. Agata holds a MA degree in art history from the University of Lodz, Poland and a MA in cultural management from the University of Lille, France. She graduated with a PhD in architectural history from the University of Washington, Seattle.
Mike Mozina oversees book production outsourcing activities for BrillUSA, a humanities and social science academic publisher in Boston. He has fifteen years of experience in the scholarly communications industry working for societal and academic publishers. He is the current co-chair of SSP’s Community Engagement Community, a committee he started to bring SSP programming to the local level, and serves as a member of the Annual Meeting Program Committee. He is also a past recipient of the SSP Appreciation Award. Mike recently completed all coursework and passed the highly selective and instructive Harvard Law School’s CopyrightX course. He holds a graduate degree in Classical Archaeology, specializing in the Greek Archaic and Classical periods, from Florida State University. In his spare time, he enjoys cooking for his wife and son.
Mary Rose Muccie is Executive Director, Temple University Press, which publishes books in the humanities and social sciences and on Philadelphia and the region, and Scholarly Communications Officer, Temple University Libraries, which is launching a library publishing program in support of Temple faculty and student teaching, learning, and research. Prior to Temple she was inaugural Director of the JSTOR Current Scholarship Program, Director of Project MUSE, and Publisher at the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.
Alison Mudditt joined PLOS as CEO in 2017, having previously served as Director of the University of California Press and Executive Vice President at SAGE Publications. Her 30 years in publishing also include leadership positions at Blackwell and Taylor & Francis. Alison writes for the Scholarly Kitchen and serves on the Board of Directors of SSP and the Center for Open Science and on the Advisory Boards of the Authors’ Alliance and Knowledge Unlatched. In the past, Alison has also served on the Board of ALPSP, as Vice Chair of the Scientific Publications Committee and a member of the Open Science Committee for the American Heart Association and on the Executive Council of PSP.
Fiona Murphy held a range of scholarly publishing roles after completing a DPhil in English. As a Publisher at Wiley, she began to specialize in emerging scholarly communications particularly Open Science and Open Data. Now an independent research data and publishing consultant advising institutions, learned societies and publishing companies, Fiona is also Associate Fellow at the University of Reading. She is a past and current member of several research projects including PREPARDE (Peer Review of Research Data in the Earth Sciences), Data2Paper (a cloud-based app for automating the data article submission process) and the Scholarly Commons (a Force11 project devising principles and practices for open science systems). An active member – and sometime Co-Chair – for several Research Data Alliance Groups focusing on data publishing policies, workflows and accreditation systems, Fiona has organized a number of data-related events and sessions at scientific meetings and regularly writes and reviews articles on these topics.
Julie Nash has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the Pennsylvania State University and a Master of Arts in Liberal Studies degree from Duke University. Julie started working in Scientific, Technical and Medical (STM) publishing as an assistant editor with Arthritis & Rheumatism (A&R) in May 2000. After working on A&R and other titles for several years, she founded J&J Editorial with partner Jennifer Deyton in 2008. Julie is the President of the International Society of Managing and Technical Editors (ISMTE) and serves on the mentorship and nominations committees for the Council for Science Editors. She has served on the membership committee for the Society of Scholarly Publishing. Julie regularly speaks about peer review best practices, mentorship, society-publisher relations and professional development in academic publishing. In addition, Julie serves as the Managing Editor for Movement Disorders, the official journal of the International Parkinson and Movement Disorder Society.
Jeremy Nielsen is the Director of Journal Business and Operations at the Radiological Society of North America where he works with a talented staff to produce and distribute the highest level of clinical and educational content for the specialty through a portfolio of five journals. He has over 15 years of scholarly publishing experience in areas ranging from journal marketing to editorial oversight. Prior to RSNA, Jeremy worked in numerous roles at the American Medical Association, most recently developing their sales and licensing program in the Asia Pacific region. In addition to serving on the 2019 Pre-Meeting Seminar Sub Committee, Jeremy has co-chaired the SSP Marketing Committee and was on the 40th Anniversary Task Force. He holds a B.A. in Marketing from Kent State University along with an M.B.A. from Loyola University Chicago.
Alison O'Connell has over 15 years’ experience in the scholarly publishing industry. Before joining the Coko Foundation, Alison worked for Houghton Mifflin’s College Division, Wiley-Blackwell, EBSCO Information Services, and most recently, Aries Systems. Since joining Coko in early 2018, Alison plays a leading role facilitating community for Editoria, the books workflow management product Coko created in collaboration with University of California Press and California Digital Library. She is also actively involved with Coko's PubSweet community, including eLife , Hindawi, and others developing journals workflow tools via xPub customization. Alison participates in several industry organizations including the International Society of Managing and Technical Editors Board, Council of Science Editors, Peer Review Week, ALPSP, Workplace Equity Project, and the CRediT Program Committee. Alison holds a Master’s degree in Publishing and Writing from Emerson College in Boston, Massachusetts, and is an elected Library Trustee in her hometown of South Hampton, New Hampshire.
Stephanie Orphan is the Director of Publisher Relations at Portico, responsible for maintaining and expanding publisher participation in the Portico preservation service to ensure ongoing growth and sustainability of the Portico archive. Her work to ensure preservation of a broad swath of content has given her insight into publishing practices across a broad range of organizations. She has extensive experience working with large and small Open Access publishers, ranging from innovative OA startups to more traditional publishers making the shift to OA and was instrumental in introducing the Open Access trigger event model at Portico. Prior to joining Portico in 2007, Stephanie was editor-in-chief of College and Research Libraries News and web services manager at the Association of College and Research Libraries. She joined the OASPA Board of Directors in 2017.
Reid Otsuji, is the Data Curation Specialist and Faculty Liaison Librarian for the UC San Diego Library’s Research Data Curation Program. Mr. Otsuji’s expertise is in the data curation field focusing on data management plan consultations and developing related data training programs. He teaches graduate students, faculty researchers, and other data producers how to write data management plans using the DMPTool and apply best practices for research data management. Furthermore, he has been a certified Carpentries instructor since 2016 and has hosted and taught numerous Carpentries workshops. In addition to teaching Carpentry workshops, he has been leading the development of a Carpentries instructor community at UC San Diego.
Alberto Pepe is Director of Product at Atypon where he leads Authorea and works alongside Wiley Research to promote and build open science tools and initiatives. 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.
Jackie Perry is Peer Review Manager for the four journals of the American Society for Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics (ASPET) where she has made improvements in author and editor experience and the peer review process. Before joining ASPET in 2018, she oversaw editorial and production teams at the Society for Neuroscience for eight years, where she helped launch a new open access journal, oversaw journal site redesign and platform upgrades and several book projects, and helped to create a new reviewer training program. Jackie has also worked at the American Society for Civil Engineering (ASCE) and Proceedings of the Academy of Sciences (PNAS). In her spare time, she enjoys hiking and biking with her husband and long walks with her dog, Katy.
Karen Phillips joined SAGE Publishing in 1984 and has held several roles in marketing and editorial in over 30 years. Karen became Editorial Director in 2010, leading SAGE’s UK books, journals and online product teams. Karen became Senior Vice President of Global Learning Resources in June 2016, and has been the architect of SAGE’s innovative strand of digital products for the global academic library market. She leads the strategy that delivers exciting new digital products such as SAGE Research Methods, SAGE Knowledge, SAGE Video, Data Planet, and the Adam Matthew leading primary source collections. More recently Karen has led SAGE’s entry into the area of technologies for Learning and Research with the acquisition of Talis, a learning solutions technology company, and Lean Library, a library services technology company. Through these various new resources, Karen has been central to the creation of a new class of digital publishing at SAGE.
Ruth Pickering has worked for both blue-chip corporations and startups and has extensive experience across product development, program management and strategy. With experience as a managing director of large organizations, Pickering has managed both strategic planning and execution of multiple billion-dollar product lines. Ruth’s experience spans from media technology and telecommunications to AI, where prior to Yewno, she served as managing director of BT Wholesale; was one of the Global Telecoms Business top 40 under 40 in 2010, and was shortlisted for ‘Woman of the Year in Technology in 2011. In September 2018, she was named to The Founders Index: A rising generation of female entrepreneurs in the US.
Jessica Polka, PhD is Executive Director of ASAPbio, a biologist-driven project to promote innovation and transparency in life sciences publishing. Before becoming a visiting scholar at the Whitehead Institute, she performed postdoctoral research in the department of Systems Biology at Harvard Medical School following a PhD in Biochemistry from UCSF. Jessica serves as president of the board of directors of Future of Research, a steering committee member of Rescuing Biomedical Research, and a member of ASCB's public policy committee, and recently served as a committee member on the National Academy's Next Generation Researchers Initiative.
Nicola Poser has almost 20 years of experience in academic and STM publishing, having worked on books, journals, and online products at publishers of varying sizes and business models. Over the years, Nicola has worked in sales and marketing, market research, and on new product launch strategies. She joined RedLink in August 2016 as Managing Director, responsible for sales, marketing, and customer experience, as well as human resources and operational functions. Nicola is active on the SSP Marketing and Communications Committee and is currently serving as liaison to the Annual Meeting Planning Committee.
Emily Poznanski, Director Strategy at De Gruyter, has worked in open access publishing for over 8 years. De Gruyter is an international, independent publisher headquartered in Berlin that has published first-class scholarship for more than 260 years, which excels in the humanities. From 2011 to 2016, she was Product Manager, Open Access Books at De Gruyter Open developing what is now the largest independent source of open access books worldwide and Assistant Product Manager at Versita working on the launch of numerous open access journals across STEM and HSS, as well as the transition of titles from subscription to OA. In her current role, Emily continues to design and develop a company-wide transition to open access that supports community appropriate solutions and the diversity of academic output.
Jason S. Price is Director of Licensing Operations at the SCELC Library Consortium. He earned a doctorate in plant evolutionary ecology from Indiana University Bloomington where he gained in depth experience as a graduate student researcher and teacher and capped it off with a Masters in Library Science. He thoroughly enjoys applying data analysis skills he developed during graduate school to current library challenges. During his 10 years as a librarian at The Claremont Colleges, he worked as Science & Electronic Resources Librarian, Interim Director of Information Technology, Collections and Acquisitions Manager, Assistant Director for Collection Services and finally Interim Director of the Library. His role at SCELC provides opportunities to work with libraries, content and software providers, and other consortia to improve library products and expand resource access. He has been publishing and speaking on electronic resource usage, discovery and access since 2005.
Iratxe Puebla is Senior Managing Editor for the journal PLOS ONE. Iratxe is originally from the Basque Country (Spain) where she graduated with a degree in Chemistry and biochemistry before moving to the UK to pursue research in the biotechnology field. She moved into publishing in 2003, when she joined the editorial team for the BMC-series journals. Iratxe moved to PLOS in 2009 and in her current role Iratxe oversees the team of staff editors on PLOS ONE and editorial operations. Iratxe has a strong interest in open research and has been involved in the implementation of the PLOS Data policy and a number of initiatives involving innovation in peer review and preprints. Iratxe is also Facilitation & Integrity Officer with the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).
Kristen Ratan recently launched the Collaborative Knowledge Foundation with co-founder Adam Hyde. The mission is to evolve how scholarship is created, produced and reported. Coko is building open source solutions in scholarly knowledge production that foster collaboration, integrity and speed. Kristen has a 20-year history in the information industry, most recently as the Publisher at the Public Library of Science (PLOS). Before joining PLOS, Kristen spent five years at HighWire, leading the Product, Marketing and Business Development teams. Prior to that, she held positions at Atypon, a flash-in-the-pan bioinformatics company called DoubleTwist, and BIOSIS. Kristen has held Board positions with Crossref and the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) and currently serves on the Publications Committee for NISO and Advisory Board for DataOne, MIT Press, Code for Science and Society and AIP Publishing. She lives in San Francisco with her family and is considering taking up sea kayaking.
Howard Ratner is the Executive Director of CHORUS. Over the past two decades, he played a key role in developing innovative technology solutions that have transformed scholarly communications. He co-founded and chaired ORCID, and was active in the establishment of the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) and the founding and technical development of Crossref and CLOCKSS. He was President of SSP from 2014-2015 and served on its board from 2010-2012 and 2013-2016. He is co-chair of the Metadata 2020 Best Practices and Principle Project and active in the SCHOLIX initiative and the STM Future Labs. Before joining CHORUS, Howard was Chief Technology Officer for Nature Publishing Group where he was in charge of global web and mobile development and operations, content management, production and manufacturing, and information technology across all NPG products. Howard also held positions at Springer and John Wiley & Sons
R. Philip Reynolds is in his fifth year as the first Scholarly Communication Librarian at Ralph W. Steen Library, Stephen F. Austin State University (SFA). Currently he is engaged in publishing several open access journals for the university as well as managing the campus institutional repository, ScholarWorks. Mr. Reynolds has served in many capacities at SFA including Head of the first university Web Development Office, a Research and Instructional Services librarian, and was recently recognized for 20 years of service at SFA. He has an MA in US. History from Western Illinois University and an MS in Library and Information Science from the University of Kentucky.
Jessica Rucker is Assistant Director of Editorial Services for ACS Publications, where she is responsible for editorial office operations, vendor management, and new product development. Jessica joined ACS Publications in 2007, and prior to leading the Editorial Services team she held roles in book content acquisition, editorial support, and peer review operations.+H28:H29
David Salas-de la Cruz, PhD is an Assistant Professor for the Department of Chemistry and Center of Computational and Integrative Biology at Rutgers University in Camden, New Jersey. Dr. Salas earned his Ph.D. in chemical and biomolecular engineering from the University of Pennsylvania. A Rutgers faculty director of Leap Academic University Charter School’s Fabrication Laboratory, Dr. Salas-de la Cruz most recently served as a senior application engineer/research engineer for the Power Plant Components Division of Holtec International, serving the energy industry. Dr. Salas-de la Cruz studies and publishes in biomass polymeric films from natural resources such as polysaccharides, DNA, and proteins. He main focus is to develop polymeric bio-films from various polysaccharides, such as cellulose and lignin, xylan, proteins, and ionic liquids using cost efficient techniques. Additionally, Dr. Salas-de la Cruz produces a podcast called the Eureka Effect (https://soundcloud.com/user-766280078) that explores and discusses exciting research discoveries and innovations.
Donald Samulack is President of the U.S. Operations for Editage/Cactus Communications, and 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. He has given numerous lectures and workshops around the world at conferences, universities, publishers, and government agencies. 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. Dr. Samulack has a PhD in medical physiology with specialization in the neurosciences from McGill University (Montreal, Canada) and is credited as a key participant in the small team of researchers who were first to successfully achieve primate skin and hand transplants.
Bob Samors served as the Coordination Officer for the Belmont Forum e-Infrastructures & Data Management (e-I&DM) Project, coordinating the activities of the e-I&DM project leads, Action Theme co-leads, stakeholders, Advisory Groups and Oversight Committee members, and international partners to encourage the adoption of data principles and best practices, promote effective data planning and stewardship, and develop training curricula for Belmont Forum agency activities and funded projects. Prior to joining the Belmont Forum, Bob served as Senior External Relations Manager for the Group on Earth Observations (GEO) designing and implementing GEO’s engagement strategy. He has worked closely with experts and global leaders in science, data and information issues across a range of governments and international scientific and technical organizations.
Dr Jennifer Sanders is a Managing Editor in the Publishing Operations department at The Institute of Physics (IOP) Publishing, responsible for delivering a quality and efficient peer-review service across a portfolio of journals. She has also managed the post-acceptance production process for a portfolio of journals, ebooks and conference series. She joined IOP Publishing in 2012 after completing her PhD in Photon Physics at The University of Manchester in the UK, and has an interest in scientific outreach, and improving diversity and inclusion in peer review.
Melissanne Scheld is Executive Director of Dryad, the digital repository promoting discoverability, freely usable, and citable research data around the globe. Dryad sits at the intersection of researchers, publishers, and institutions working to promote FAIR, open research data best practices.
Prior to joining Dryad, Melissanne was Managing Director at Publishers Communication Group (PCG), the consulting division of Ingenta. PCG worked with publishers and related scholarly publishing organizations to enhance their marketing outreach and grow sales around the globe.
She has also held senior roles at the university presses of Columbia, New York University, and Cambridge where she helped navigate the transition from print to digital.
Brian E. C. Schottlaender is a Founding Principal of re:work library consulting and Director of the Library Senior Fellows Program at UCLA. For almost 18 years, he led the UC San Diego Library as University Librarian and inaugural holder of The Audrey S. Geisel Chair. He retired from UCSD in 2017. Schottlaender is a member of the Portico Advisory Board and is an Endowment Trustee of the American Library Association (ALA). Locally, he serves as Vice-President of the Board of Directors of the La Jolla (CA) Symphony and Chorus and as Treasurer of The Dr. Seuss Foundation. In 2015, Brian was named ILS Distinguished Alumnus of the Year by the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering at Indiana University and was awarded the Hugh G. Atkinson Memorial Award by the ALA for innovative leadership in the work of academic libraries. He is also the 2010 recipient of ALA’s Melvil Dewey Medal for creative leadership.
Paul Shannon is Head of Technology at eLife, a unique collaboration between the funders and practitioners of research to improve the way important research is selected, presented, and shared. He’s responsible for the technology strategy at eLife ensuring the team are committed to openness in the products they produce to encourage broad change across the research communication landscape. He leads the community efforts around eLife’s open source products (Libero, Lens, ScienceBeam) and contributes to the Coko Community (xPub) through leadership and facilitation. He’s a regular conference speaker and was previously VP Technology for innovative digital music platform 7digital, where he grew the team and scaled the API platform to support the vastly changing music technology industry.
Wayne Sime is the Interim Chief Executive of the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP), the international trade body for non-profit organisations and institutions that publish scholarly and professional content. Previously, he was the Director of Library Services for the Royal Society of Medicine. Wayne is an accomplished Executive who has extensive experience in financial, IT and people management. Wayne has worked within the NHS and the financial sector. Wayne has been a chartered Librarian since 2001 and became a Fellow of CILIP (Chartered Institute of Library & Information Professionals) in 2009.
Andrew Smeall leads Hindawi’s product and technology teams. He has been with the company since 2011, working across the new ventures, strategy, editorial and production units. His current focus is Hindawi's effort to develop open infrastructure for the scientific community. This includes working with the Collaborative Knowledge Foundation's PubSweet framework and eLife's Libero platform to create a full suite of free and open source journal publishing software. Andrew has a B.A. in Chinese from Yale University and an M.B.A. from NYU Stern.
Hannah Smith is a Publisher at Wiley responsible for the AGU portfolio. In her role, she oversees day-to-day publishing operations and works closely with the society to support long-term strategic growth and development. Prior to taking on this role in 2017, Hannah managed an extensive portfolio of society journals at Wiley working closely with partners in ecology, evolutionary biology, and environmental science. More recently, she worked as part of Wiley’s Publishing Development team where she led the development and implementation of subject-based strategies in the health sciences with a focus on better serving researchers and enabling open access and open science. Before joining Wiley, Hannah managed a diverse program of journals and books in Plant Science at Springer Science+Business Media (now Springer Nature).
Heather Staines is Head of Partnerships for MIT Knowledge Futures Group, building open source infrastructure for publishers and libraries. Her previous roles include positions at Hypothesis, Proquest, SIPX (formerly the Stanford Intellectual Property Exchange), Springer SBM, and Greenwood Publishing Group/Praeger Publishers. She is a frequent speaker and participant at industry events including the COUNTER Board of Directors, the STM Futurelab, Society for Scholarly Publishing, the NISO Transfer Standing Committee, the NASIG Digital Preservation Task Force, two OPERAS working groups, and the ORCID Trust Working Group. She has a Ph.D. in Military and Diplomatic History from Yale University.
Pamela J. Starr has her PhD in Special Education from the University of Connecticut. She has worked in higher education disability services for 19 years. She is currently the Director for the Student Ability Success Center at San Diego State University, and the University's ADA Compliance Officer. She has presented locally, nationally and internationally on topics related to creating an inclusive campus environment for individuals with disabilities, such as enhancing inclusivity of disability as diversity, educating future professionals on disability access and etiquette, and disability is diversity. @SDSU
Caroline Sutton was one of the founders of OASPA, serving as the first President from 2008 to March 2013, and as a current board member. Caroline was one of the co-founders of Co-Action Publishing, an Open Access international scholarly publishing house that launched in 2007. Co-Action Publishing was acquired by Taylor & Francis Group in October 2016 where Caroline now serves as Director of Open Research. Her past engagement with open access includes board positions with SPARC Europe, Lund University Library, the Steering Committee for the OpenAccess.se program through the Swedish Royal Library, and as Director with IS4OA, which manages the DOAJ.
Brian Trombley has over 35 years experience in helping clients implement content oriented processes and technologies for all aspects of publishing across a wide range of industry verticals. An early practitioner of structured content methodologies, Mr. Trombley was at the forefront of the SGML and XML revolutions and has helped clients successfully manage change and convert and leverage content for maximum business value.
Vicky Truter works in Taylor & Francis Africa’s international office in Cape Town. This office manages a portfolio of 70 African journals across a variety of subject areas, most of which are co-published with local South African partners: NISC (Pty) Ltd, Unisa Press, and Medpharm Publications. Vicky started out in a hybrid role as a Publishing Systems Editor, providing end-to-end support across both peer review and production workflows. She is now a Regional Managing Editor, overseeing the development of a portfolio of titles, and managing relationships with strategic partners in Africa, such as Research4Life and The Conversation Africa. She is invested in developing Africa’s research output and visibility. Vicky also serves as the podcast project lead for the SSP Early Career Sub-Committee, and she is writing an MPhil dissertation part-time on the standardization of publisher data sharing policies for the humanities.
Craig Van Dyck is Executive Director of the CLOCKSS Archive. Before CLOCKSS, he was at Wiley from 1996-2015, most recently as Vice President, Content Management, and at Springer-Verlag New York from 1986-96, most recently as Senior VP and Chief Operating Officer. Craig served as Chairman of the Enabling Technologies Committee of the Association of American Publishers from 1995-1998, and was instrumental in the development of the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) system, and of CrossRef. He has served on the Boards of Directors of the International DOI Foundation, CLOCKSS, ORCID, CrossRef, and the Society for Scholarly Publishing, and was a member of the Portico Advisory Committee. Craig’s portfolio has always included industry collaboration to improve the infrastructure of scholarly communications.
Ravi Venkataramani is the founder and CEO of Exeter Premedia Services, a leading provider of information technology services for global book and journal publishers. He is a technology specialist with over 20 years of experience in content management and publishing. A strong believer in the use of technology to enhance human potential, he has successfully steered product incubation through co-creation with customers. Ravi holds a B.E. degree from University of Madras and a M.S Post-Graduate Degree from the University of Texas, Austin. He is a member of Entrepreneur’s Organization (EO), an influential community of entrepreneurs, and has spoken at global conferences on topics such as “Technology co-creation in publishing” and “Implementing an innovation culture within organizations."
Dr. Tim Vines is a researcher, journal manager, managing editor, and entrepreneur. He is the former Managing Editor of the journal Molecular Ecology. Following a PhD and post-doctoral work in ecology, he moved into scientific publishing. He has written numerous scholarly articles on peer review and data sharing, including two pieces in Nature and a widely cited article in Current Biology. He left his role at Molecular Ecology to set up a company called Axios Review that provided a brokerage service between authors and journals, so that authors could submit their work to a journal that actively wanted the paper. He is currently working on a Sloan-funded initiative called DataSeer, which is a tool for journals (and funders) to search articles for references to datasets and thereby promote their deposition in open source databases. Though British, he is based in Vancouver, Canada.
Todd Vision is an Associate Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the Department of Biology and the School of Information and Library Sciences. He has been involved in a variety of collaborative efforts to understand and sustain open infrastructure for scholarly communication and for the maintenance of online science resources. His research in scholarly communication aims to inform evidence-based policies for improving publication practices in “small science” data.
Walter Walker's career precedes digital, having started with McClelland & Stewart and Bantam Books in Toronto. His career took him to New York, where he led sales and marketing for Simon & Schuster's successful software division. He pioneered DRM solutions in the earliest days of eBooks. He subsequently took on a business development role with Arbortext, a leading XML technology company in the early 2000s. Walter has been with codeMantra since 2007 and resides in the Boston area.
Kristi Ward serves as Editorial Director, leading the development of Business & Management digital resources for the academic library market at SAGE Publishing. Kristi is responsible for overseeing editorial strategies for digital products, including SAGE Business Cases, the first discipline-wide digital collection tailored to library needs. Prior to her editorial role, Kristi served as Global Director of Library Marketing where she oversaw the go-to-market strategies for new digital product launches, including SAGE Knowledge and SAGE Video. Kristi began her career in publishing as an acquisitions editor at ABC-CLIO and Greenwood Publishing Group, garnering more than 10 years’ experience commissioning top-selling titles in a broad range of disciplines.
Charles Watkinson is Director of University of Michigan Press and Associate University Librarian for Publishing at University of Michigan Library. Until June 2014 he was Director of Purdue University Press. Previously, until August 2009, he was Director of Publications at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens. He has been a member of the board of directors of both the Society for Scholarly Publishing and the Association of American University Presses, and was one of the initiators of the Library Publishing Coalition. He is currently co-PI on a project funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation that is investigating better ways of tracking OA ebook usage.
Dan Whaley is a coder and entrepreneur that created the first online travel reservation company on the web (ITN/GetThere) in 1995. He wrote much of the software, launched the business and guided the long term technical and product vision. GetThere went public in 1999 and was sold to Sabre in 2000 with nearly 600 employees while processing approximately 50% of travel transacted online. Dan currently serves as a director of Sauce Labs, the leading open source functional testing company and Getaround, a peer-to-peer car sharing company. He is a Shuttleworth Fellow.
Jon White leads strategy formulation, sales, and marketing for Pagemajik, a technology business that embeds machine learning and blockchain within the academic workflow. He has over 20 years’ cross-sector digital media experience in music and publishing and with technology providers. He is fascinated by the constantly changing current environment, how this affects all aspects of content consumption, and whether or not parallels can be drawn across media sectors. Prior to his current role, Jon was on the senior management team at Semantico and has also held pioneering senior digital roles at Macmillan Education and Penguin.
Abeni Wickham has a PhD in Molecular Physics and Regenerative Medicine from Linköping University, MSc from University College London and BA from Tufts University. She has worked for Max Planck Institute and Imperial College London and as a Senior Quality Analyst in biopharma companies and Director of Research and Development for Bluefield Associates. Abeni has been engaging with researchers in Asia, Europe and the Caribbean on the importance of access to fundamental science and tech to help spark innovation. She founded SciFree in Stockholm to implement technological solutions to make academic research accessible and fundamentally redefine the value of the scientific endeavour.
Jacob Wilcock brings to Atypon his experience as strategic technologist for both the financial and government sectors. Before joining Atypon, he co-founded ReConn, maker of the Rubix R&D management software used across federal agencies, Fortune 500 companies, and Tier-1 research universities. Jacob has managed technical projects within several American and European financial institutions. Previously, he consulted for the US National Laboratory system. He has also lectured in Aviation Safety at Carnegie Mellon University, where he earned a BS and MS in information systems.
Joseph Williams is an Associate Professor in the Counselor Education Program at the University of Virginia. Prior to joining the UVa faculty, he coordinated the school counseling program at George Mason University for six years. Dr. Williams' professional interest include multicultural and social justice training practices for (K-12) counselors, educators, and other helping professionals and he has published numerous journal articles and book chapters in those areas. Dr. Williams has conducted diversity and inclusion (D&I) consulting and training for school districts, programs, associations, and corporations such as Kellogg’s and Dell and Microsoft on various topics including: culturally responsive practices, racial micro-aggressions, implicit bias and stereotypes, multiculturalism, and privilege. Prior to becoming a counselor educator, Joseph earned his Ph.D. in Counselor Education with a cognate in Social Work from the University of Iowa and his M.S. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Minnesota State University.
Mathew Willmott, Open Access Collection Strategist, California Digital Library. Bio: Mathew Willmott is the Open Access Collection Strategist at the California Digital Library, where his primary role involves conducting data analysis, financial modeling, and strategic planning relating to transformative agreements which encompass both access to content and open access publication. Prior to this role, Mathew served as the data analyst on the Pay-It-Forward project, a Mellon Foundation-funded project conducted by UC Davis and the California Digital Library to investigate the feasibility and sustainability of the APC model for large North American research institutions. Before starting this project with CDL in May of 2015, Mathew worked for the MIT Libraries in a multi-faceted role including physics librarian responsibilities, collections analysis and assessment, and development and administration of infrastructure supporting the implementation of the MIT Faculty Open Access Policy.
Scott Winner builds and drives the organization to deliver successfully across all areas of Professional Services, Research and Development, Customer Service and Service Delivery as CEO. Scott is responsible for overseeing and evolving how Ingenta creates and delivers new products, for deploying its innovations to customers and managing the overall operational execution, all with a strong metrics and analytics driven approach. Prior to his role as COO, Scott was EVP, Global Projects for Ingenta, but has previously held roles managing product line P&L, driving product development efforts and building successful organizations to deliver. He has worked across several different industries, including educational publishing, manufacturing and financial services, and has held roles at Pearson Education, Amplify Learning, McGraw-Hill and the Fireman’s Fund insurance company.
Christine Wolff-Eisenberg is the manager of surveys and research at Ithaka S+R as part of the Libraries, Scholarly Communication, and Museums program. Christine leads the surveys team in providing insights into student and faculty needs, academic support services, and library leadership through a wide variety of projects, including the US Faculty Survey, Library Director Survey, Local Surveys program, Community College Libraries & Academic Support for Student Success project, and the Community College Academic Support Ecosystems project. Through these projects, she collaborates with and provides advisory services for academic libraries, public libraries, scholarly societies, publishers, and content providers to inform evidence-based decision-making.
Paige Wooden serves as Senior Program Manager, Publication Statistics for at American Geophysical Union (AGU). She works on data projects on editorial operations, post-publication metrics, and member data to inform department and enterprise strategy. She has held various positions in the Publications department at AGU in the past 10 years of her tenure. She holds a Master of English Literature from University of Maryland, College Park, and a BA in English from University of California, Berkeley. In her spare time, she runs and bikes long distances, fueled by a plant-based diet.
Lou Woodley is Director of the AAAS Center for Scientific Collaboration and Community Engagement (CSCCE). She has over a decade of experience in scientific community-building, communications and event organization at Nature Publishing Group, Open Knowledge Foundation, and now at AAAS. She combines research into scientific communities with providing training and resources for scientific community engagement professionals. As part of her CSCCE activities, Lou leads the design and delivery of the AAAS Community Engagement Fellows Program. This includes community strategy, programming, and engagement components, as well as materials focused on culture and organizational change.
Nixon Xavier is the Vice President of the Innovation Business Unit at Katalyst Technologies and has played a key role in encouraging creativity and originality within the Katalyst team. As VP of Innovation, Nixon has adopted a People, Process, and Systems model to create a unique experience for Katalyst’s customers. A technology enthusiast with more than 27 years of experience in the industry, and extensive involvement with various software technologies, Nixon plays a vital role in the development of multi-disciplinary teams across all Katalyst areas, working closely with each individual team to give every member a voice in the innovation process.
Frank Xu is currently the Managing Director for Greater China at Editage / Cactus Communications. Frank has almost 18 years of experience in scholarly and educational publishing spanning various aspects of the industry. Prior to his current role, Frank was the Director of Open Research for Springer Nature Greater China; responsible for its overall Open Access business in the region. Prior to the merger between Macmillan and Springer, Frank was the Director of Institutional Sales for Nature Publishing Group and Palgrave Macmillan in Greater China, and for Macmillan Higher Education business in Asia. He was the first full-time employee for Macmillan China, where he helped set up the Macmillan China Office in 2004. He filled various roles at Macmillan for over 10 years, including that of General Manager, where he led both the scholarly publishing and education arms of their business in China.
Dr. Mariamawit Yeshak completed her tertiary schooling in Pharmacy at Addis Ababa University with a B. Pharm in 2001 and M.Sc. in 2005. She got a SIDA/Sarek grant to pursue her PhD at Uppsala University. She was invited to make research grant application to the International Science Program (ISP), Uppsala University, prior to completing her PhD. Mariamawit leads a research group called BaSIL (Bioactive Secondary Metabolites for Improving Life), which studies biochemical properties of medicinal plants, and is still funded by the ISP. With Ethiopian Government grant, she studies indigenous knowledge systems specifically the clinical applications of traditional medicine. Mariamawit is a founding Fellow and Chair of the Ethiopian Young Academy of Sciences; and an inaugural fellow of Africa Science Leadership Program (ASLP). She is an inaugural ambassador of Next Einstein Forum (NEF) and a Young Affiliate of ‘The World Academy of Sciences (TWAS). Mariamawit publishes her work in peer reviewed journals.
Ralph Youngen has more than 30 years of experience in developing technology solutions to support the scientific publishing industry. For the past 19 years he has held numerous positions with the American Chemical Society. In his current role he is responsible for defining and overseeing enterprise-wide technology integration projects, including an identity management initiative that spans all of ACS. Ralph has been involved with RA21 since its inception. He is one of the RA21 Co-Chairs, and is a frequent spokesperson for the initiative.
Jake Zarnegar, Chief Product Officer, leads the development of the Silverchair Platform and provides strategic direction to Silverchair’s complementary suite of technologies and services for scientific and scholarly publishers. A 20+ year industry veteran, Jake is a frequent speaker at SSP, ALPSP, and STM events covering emerging topics at the intersection of technology and scholarly publishing.
Julie Zhu has been working in the publishing industry for over 15 years. As IEEE’s Manager of Discovery Service Relations, she cultivates and manages working relationships with Discovery Service, Link Resolver, Proxy Service and Search Engine providers as well as libraries and consortia to maximize IEEE content findability, visibility and accessibility in multiple discovery channels. She serves in NISO’s Information Discovery & Exchange Topic Committee, ODI Standing Committees, and KBART Automation Working Group. She has published and presented on topics such as complying with publishing standards, reducing content gaps in discovery services, publisher-vendor-library collaborations, and metadata enhancement projects. Julie has a Ph.D. in English from Marquette University and an MBA from Stony Brook University. Read more about Julie on LinkedIn and ORCID.
Rachel Zillig has been working in global publishing for over 15 years. Starting out in academic book publishing, Rachel has managed territories in Asia, Africa and Europe, selling to libraries, booksellers and pharmaceutical companies. Rachel enjoys working with customers from different cultures, and has considerable experience in the academic, book trade and healthcare sectors internationally. In her previous roles she has worked across print and online product portfolios at Routledge, Taylor & Francis, Wolters Kluwer and most recently Alexander Street. In addition to managing the ICE Publishing Sales and Customer Services team, Rachel has direct responsibility for our customers in North and South America, East Asia and Oceania.