Online Submission and Preprints Coordinator, SciELO Brazil
Alex Mendonça has a major in Digital Media with an emphasis in Interface Design by the Pontifícia Universidade Católica de São Paulo. He has been working at SciELO Brazil since 2006 and is part of its Coordination Board since 2014. In 2017, Alex joined the Technical Committee of Public Knowledge Project, the initiative behind Open Journal Systems. Alex has 10 years experience in training SciELO journals with online submission systems, working closely with journal editors and editorial teams by providing support and guidance based on best practices of scholarly publishing oriented by SciELO’s three main lines of action: professionalization, internationalization and sustainability. He is currently co-leading SciELO’s strategy aiming at the transition of its indexed journals towards best practices of Open Science, including overseeing the development and launch of the upcoming SciELO Preprints server, promoting the adoption of open data and making the peer review proccess more transparent and open.
Director of Community Engagement, National Information Standards Organization
Alice Meadows is responsible for engaging with and developing the NISO community, including communicating the value of our projects, events, and programs. She is an active member of the SSP community, including contributing to The Scholarly Kitchen blog and serving on the Kitchen Cabinet, and passionate about peer review -- she is one of the founders of Peer Review Week -- and about diversity and inclusion, acting as one of the SSP representatives on the C4DISC initiative, and a member of the SSP D&I Task Force.
Digital Scholarship Editor, Brown University
Allison Levy is Digital Scholarship Editor at Brown University. In this role, she brings together organizational, academic, and technological resources across the University to support new forms of faculty-driven scholarship. An art historian, Allison earned her Ph.D. in History of Art from Bryn Mawr College and has held academic appointments at University College London, Wheaton College, and Tulane University. She has published widely on the visual and material culture of early modern Italy, and serves as General Editor of the book series Visual and Material Culture, 1300–1700, published by Amsterdam University Press.
Engagement Americas, ORCID
Ana Heredia is part of the Engagement team at ORCID Americas since 2017. She previously worked for ten years at Elsevier in scholarly publishing and research solutions. She is passionate about ants` behavioural ecology and living in different countries, which she could combine during a PhD in Belgium and a MSc in France, and a couple of post-doc experiences.
Managing Director and Publisher, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Angela Cochran is the Managing Director and Publisher at the American Society of Civil Engineers in Reston, Virginia. She is the Past President of SSP and the Associate Editor and a regular contributor to The Scholarly Kitchen. Angela is Past-president of the Council of Science Editors.
Director of Scholarly Communication, Modern Language Association
Angela Gibson is the director of scholarly communication at the MLA. She is responsible for the strategic vision of the MLA's publishing activities, overseeing books, journals, MLA style resources, and digital initiatives. She holds a PhD in Middle English from the University of Rochester.
Chief Digital Officer, PLOS and Past President, SSP
Ann Michael is Chief Digital Officer at PLOS charged with development and execution of the data, technology, operational, and overall digital strategy. Prior to PLOS, Ann was CEO of Delta Think for more than a decade. There she gained broad exposure to society and commercial scholarly publishers, librarians and library consortia, funders, and researchers. She focused on strategy 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. She is a Past President of SSP, a member of the Learned Publishing Editorial Board, and a contributor to the SSP’s blog, The Scholarly Kitchen. She has a MS from SUNY Stony Brook in Policy Analysis and Public Management and an MS in Business Analytics from the NYU Stern School.
Senior Vice Provost; Dean of the Graduate School; Professor, History Department, University of Massachusetts Amherst
Barbara Krauthamer is Dean of the Graduate School and Senior Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Programs at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where she is also professor of History. Barbara is the author of Black Slaves, Indian Masters: Slavery, Emancipation, and Citizenship in the Native American South. She is co-author, with Dr. Deborah Willis, of Envisioning Emancipation: Black Americans and the End of Slavery. This book received the 2013 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Literary Work in non-fiction. She co-edited the African American textbook, Major Problems in African American History (2016) with Dr. Chad Williams. In 2017 the Association of Black Women Historians awarded her the Lorraine A. Williams Leadership Award in recognition of her scholarship and work to create opportunities for Black women in higher education. In her role as dean, she has established campus-wide fellowship and mentoring programs to support the recruitment and retention of graduate students from underrepresented groups. She received her B.A. from Dartmouth College, a Master’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis, and her Ph.D. from Princeton University.
Grants and Digital Projects, University of Washington Press
Beth Fuget manages grants and digital projects at the University of Washington Press, including the press’s first open access and complex digital books. She also worked as an acquisitions editor at Washington and before that, as a writer, editor, translator, and teacher.
Principal, Kasdorf & Associates, LLC
Bill Kasdorf is Principal of Kasdorf & Associates, LLC, a publishing consultancy focusing on editorial and production workflows, XML/HTML/EPUB modeling, standards and best practices, and accessibility. He is a founding partner of Publishing Technology Partners. Bill is active in the W3C Publishing@W3C activity and co-chairs NISO’s Video & Audio Metadata Guidelines Working Group. He is a member and Past President of SSP and is also a member of BISG’s Workflow Working Group and IPTC. He received the SSP Distinguished Service Award, the BISG Industry Champion Award, and the IDEAlliance/DEER Luminaire Award. He is general editor of The Columbia Guide to Digital Publishing and serves on the editorial board of Learned Publishing. Clients have included NEJM, National Academies Press, American College of Physicians, American Psychological Association, SAGE, Harvard, MIT, Toronto, Taylor & Francis, Cambridge, IEEE, Cochrane Library, Pearson, Cengage, VitalSource, World Bank, British Library, OCLC, ORCID, and the European Union.
VP of Content and Workflow Solutions, Inera, An Atypon Company
Bruce Rosenblum has been designing and implementing electronic publishing workflows and solutions for over 35 years. He is the developer of the Crossref Metadata Deposit Schema and co-authored the original NLM DTD. He served on the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) Board of Directors from 2005 to 2013 and is currently co-chair of the NISO STS working group as well as an active member of its JATS and BITS working groups. Prior to joining Atypon, he was CEO of Inera, which was acquired by Atypon in 2019. His 16 years of joint work with Crossref earned Inera and Crossref the 2014 NEPCo Publishing Collaboration Award, and he was awarded the status of NISO Fellow in 2020. Bruce continues to lead software development for Inera’s eXtyles and Edifix, and works with Atypon customers on workflow solutions.
Director of Operations, BMJ
Catherine Harding-Wiltshire is currently the Director of Operations for BMJ. She has worked in STM publishing for over 25 years in an operational capacity. Catherine and her team promote an open and honest working relationship with vendors and believes that any relationship must be a partnership in order to achieve a positive outcome. Operations are pivotal to the success of any business from protecting the current business processes, looking at innovation and future proofing. Everyone in her team has a voice and she endorses them using it to resolve issues, remodel methods and formulate advancements in process. Catherine is the chair of Women at BMJ and sits on the D&I panel. She works for the charity SHOUT as a crisis counselor in her spare time. Catherine lives with PTSD and works hard to convert her negative experiences into positive actions to help both herself and others.
Open Access 2020, Max Planck Digital Library
Colleen Campbell is advisor for strategic engagement at the Max Planck Digital Library (MPDL) and coordinates the global Open Access 2020 Initiative (OA2020). Passionate about the exciting changes underway in scholarly publishing, she leads activities that help stakeholders create and implement strategies to enable a fair, diverse and economically sustainable open information environment. Previously Director for Strategic Partnerships for JSTOR and Portico, she has over 20 years’ experience working in all areas of the academic information sector. She currently serves on the board of trustees of UKSG and is involved in a number of efforts driving transformation in scholarly communication, including the ESAC Initiative and the LIBER OA WG. At home on the stage, she frequently speaks internationally on open access and performs with her band in Florentine dives.
Principal, Colleen Scollans LLC
Colleen Scollans is seasoned Marketing, Digital Strategy, and Customer Experience leader and consultant. With a strong background in Marketing and Digital transformation, Colleen helps organizations improve marketing performance, successfully leverage marketing technology, derive value from data, and pivot to customer centricity. Prior to consulting, Colleen was the Chief Marketing Officer for Oxford University Press’s Academic Division. Based in New York, she led 250+ Marketing, Digital Strategy and Data/Analytics professionals around the world. In addition to Marketing, Colleen has also held leadership roles in Sales, Product, and E-commerce. She is known for driving strategic alignment and innovation around the customer.Colleen loves to speak, advise, coach, and mentor on the strategic and operational aspects of Marketing. She is passionate about driving business transformation through a data-driven and customer focused modern marketing strategy and helping organizations successfully adopt marketing technology.
Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Communications and Collections, Iowa State University Library
Curtis Brundy is the Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Communications and Collections at Iowa State University. He is active in efforts to transform scholarly communications and is especially interested in finding sustainable open models for self-publishing societies. His work at Iowa State has largely focused on finding ways to shift its traditional subscription collections spend towards supporting open access. He currently chairs the OA2020 US Working Group, co-chairs Transitioning Society Publications to OA, and is involved with several other groups working to advance open scholarship.
Daena Giardella has been a leadership, team, and organizational consultant and executive coach as well as a media, presentation, and communication coach for over twenty-five years. She has enjoyed dual careers in business leadership/organizational development and in the performing arts. She combines these backgrounds to design innovative and highly experiential educational programs for numerous world-class leaders, companies, organizations, and academic institutions in the USA and abroad. Her highly experiential programs incorporate her Improvisation and Influence Model ©, which cultivates dynamic leadership, adaptability, emotional intelligence, resilience, and collaborative team communication. She also teaches numerous interactive skills-based workshops and programs that help leaders and team members effectively navigate difficult conversations, conflict, implicit bias, workplace sexual harassment, and bullying as they cultivate their ability to lead diverse teams that foster innovation.Daena is a Senior Lecturer at MIT Sloan School of Management where she teaches Improvisational Leadership as well as special workshops for the Sloan Fellows, Executive MBA and Executive Education programs, and the Sloan Innovation Program. Her workshops include Effectively Navigating Challenging Conversations, Leading in Times of Uncertainty, Bystander Intervention and Speak Up Skills, Responding Effectively as Leaders to Bias and Harassment. She also works as an executive coach with mid-career leaders in the MIT Sloan Fellows and Executive MBA programs. She has taught seminars for the MIT Sloan International Programs Latin America Office in Chile and Argentina at numerous business and academic settings, including Catolica University in Santiago and Di Tella University in Buenos Aires as well as at the American Chamber of Commerce in Chile.
Assistant Director, Acquisitions, University of British Columbia Press
Darcy Cullen, Assistant Director, Acquisitions, at the University of British Columbia Press, is a publishing professional with experience in acquisitions, strategic planning, and international partnerships. In her role, she founded RavenSpace, a platform for the publication of media-rich, interactive books that are based on community engagement in Indigenous studies. She has published in The Journal of Scholarly Publishing and the volume Editors, Scholars, and the Social Text.
Director, Duke University Press
Dean Smith is Director of Duke University Press. His career in publishing spans more than 30 years and includes experience in scholarly, STM, university press, and trade- and association-based publishing. His career has evolved with the profession in a variety of roles including as press director, digital platform director, journal publisher, director of electronic publishing, vice president of sales, and marketing and society publisher. He is a published author, poet, and freelance journalist.
Open Access Publisher Agreements Manager, California Digital Library
As of March 2020, Ellen is Open Access Publisher Agreement Manager for the California Digital Library (CDL). In this capacity, Ellen supports the publishing activities of the UC academic community through the development of effective transformative open access agreements with scholarly publishers. Her prior role was Head, Scholarly Communications & Collections Strategy in the MIT Libraries and Co-Interim Associate Director for Collections. In this role, Ellen led the MIT Libraries’ efforts to influence models of scholarly publishing and communication in ways aimed to increase the impact and reach of MIT’s research and scholarship and which promoted open, sustainable publishing and access models. In this role, she led publisher contract negotiations, including under the MIT Framework for Publisher Contracts, developing innovative agreements with ACM, the Royal Society of Chemistry, Springer, and the American Chemical Society. Ellen led open access workflows and programs, as well as licensing policy, practices, and negotiations.
President, Emerald Publishing
Erika Valenti is Vice President, North America for Emerald Publishing where she directs all aspects of the company’s development in the region, including sales, product introduction, brand presence, and corporate strategy. Prior to Emerald, Erika was Global Sales Director for Publishers Communication Group working with clients including BioOne, American Society for Microbiology, the Royal Society, Geological Society of London, and Canadian Science Publishing; and she previously spent ten years in international sales and marketing roles at the MIT Press. She has considerable experience with sales management for books, journals and databases, emerging market entry strategies, library negotiations, and consortia relationships in the US, Europe, Brazil, India, China, and Southeast Asia. In her current position, she endeavors to focus and balance Emerald’s product, author, librarian, and user needs within the US and Canadian market.
Founder & President, ELC Productions
Erin L. Cox has worked in publishing for over 20 years, as a publicist at Scribner and HarperCollins, book publishing director at The New Yorker, and as Business Development Director at Publishing Perspectives. Erin is currently the Founder and President of ELC Productions where she offers consulting services to international organizations and companies in the publishing space. Twitter: @erinlcox
Independent Consultant - Environment, Climate Change, & Research System, Center for Sustainable Development (CSD), University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh
Haseeb Md. Irfanullah is a biologist-turned-development practitioner, and he often introduces himself as a research enthusiast. Over the last two decades, He has worked for different international development organizations, academic institutions, donors, and the Government of Bangladesh in different capacities. Currently, he is an independent consultant on environment, climate change, and research system and is also involved with University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh as a visiting research fellow of its Center for Sustainable Development (CSD) in Dhaka. Haseeb’s interest in research communication involved him with INASP‘s interesting ventures, like BanglaJOL and AuthorAID, more than a decade back, and editing the Bangladesh Journal of Plant Taxonomy. He has been involved in designing and facilitating workshops, training sessions, and dialogues for young & mid-career researchers and journal editors of Bangladesh to improve their understanding of journal publishing practices and standards. He also writes articles and thought pieces on scholarly systems and work with pertinent agencies to improve Bangladesh’s research ecosystem. He has a PhD in aquatic ecology from the University of Liverpool, UK.
Head of Partnerships, Knowledge Futures Group
Heather Staines is Head of Partnerships for 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. She has a Ph.D. in Military and Diplomatic History from Yale University.
Associate Executive Director & Director of Collections, California Digital Library
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 encompassing licensed content, management of shared print collections, and mass digitization on behalf of the ten-campus University of California system. Ivy is probably best known for her work in content licensing and scholarly communications. 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.
Chief Publishing Officer, Brill
Jasmin Lange holds a PhD in book history and has more than ten years of experience in academic publishing. Since 2018 she is Chief Publishing Officer and member of the management board at Brill, a medium-size HSS publisher founded in 1683. Jasmin is board member of STM and ALPSP. She enjoys speaking at library and publishing conferences about the future of humanities and book publishing, open access, and the digital humanities.
Managing Editor, American Society of Plant Biologists
Jennifer Regala is the Managing Editor for The Plant Cell and Plant Physiology at the American Society of Plant Biologists in Rockville, MD. After graduating from the University of Maryland, College Park, she worked at a Washington, DC-based trade association. She then began her scholarly publishing career at Cadmus Journal Services in Linthicum, MD, working on multiple society journal titles. She spent several years as a freelance STM copyeditor before landing at Sheridan Journal Services, first as a Production Specialist, then a Senior Production Specialist, and finally a Publishing Services Group Leader. After a brief career detour in real estate management with Coldwell Banker Residential Services, Jennifer is back where she belongs: in the scholarly publishing world as the Managing Editor at the American Society of Plant Biologists.
Co-founder, MedRxiv, BioRxiv, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory
Dr. John Inglis is co-founder of bioRxiv and medRxiv, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s preprint services for the life and health sciences, respectively. He is also the founding Executive Director and Publisher of Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Press in New York, a not-for-profit publisher of journals, books, and online media in molecular and cellular biology. He graduated from the University of Edinburgh Medical School with a Ph.D. in immunology and was previously Assistant Editor of The Lancet, founding editor of Trends in Immunology, and initiator of other Trends journals.
Josh Nicholson is co-founder and CEO of scite (scite.ai). scite is a deep learning platform that allows anyone to see how a scientific paper has been cited, not just how many times and, specifically, if it has been supported or contradicted with evidence. Previously, he was the founder and CEO of the Winnower and CEO of Authorea (acquired in 2018 by Wiley), two companies aimed at improving how scientists publish and collaborate. He holds a PhD in cell biology from Virginia Tech, where his research focused on the effects of aneuploidy on chromosome segregation in cancer cells.
Director, Electronic Publishing and Production, SLACK Incorporated
Karen Stanwood is Director, Electronic Publishing and Production, Health Care Books and Journals at SLACK Incorporated. Her role focuses on overseeing and refining journal production workflows, managing technical implementation for vendor/partner content and metadata distribution, enhancing peer review system workflows, and writing and instituting internal standard operating procedures. She is Deputy Co-Chair of the Society for Scholarly Publishing’s Career Development Committee where she helps manage the Mentorship Program and oversees New Initiatives. She is also a member of the Council of Science Editors (serving on the Professional Development Committee) and the International Society of Managing and Technical Editors.
Professor of History, College of William and Mary and Director of the Omohundro Institute, Omohundro Institute
Karin Wulf is the director of the Omohundro Institute of Early American History and Culture, which has been publishing the William and Mary Quarterly, the leading journal in early American scholarship, and books with the University of North Carolina Press, since 1943. She is also Professor of History at the College of William & Mary, and co-chair the College’s Neurodiversity Working Group. Her scholarship focuses on women, gender and family in the early modern British Atlantic
Digital Marketing Coordinator, Duke University Press
Kasia Repeta specializes in digital marketing. At Duke University Press, she oversees elements of digital marketing for the journals program. A big focus of her work is on developing and tracking digital marketing campaigns, adapting and leveraging digital marketing technologies. She analyzes marketing data and participates in highly collaborative website projects. Kasia worked as a marketing professional in Poland and Turkey and oversaw projects in Eastern European and North African countries. Throughout her career and multi-cultural collaborations, she has been passionate about advancing her understanding of the impact that cultural differences and socio-economic barriers have on collaborative groups, and the importance of building diverse, inclusive environments. She is a co-editor of "The Wish Tree: Collaborative Stories by International Women." Kasia is a 2019 SSP Fellow and a member of the SSP Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee.
Director Employee Enablement, Marketing, Wiley
Kate Smith is the Director Employee Enablement, Marketing at Wiley and actively mentors and coaches both within the company and outside the industry. In 2015 she set up the Lean In initiative focusing on women in the Oxford office, and through this facilitates workshops and a mentoring scheme. As a result of completing an MA in Coaching and Mentoring she has set up a pilot focusing on supporting parents through the transition of returning to work following maternity leave.
Publishing & Product Development Consultant, Maverick Publishing Specialists
Lettie brings nearly 20 years’ experience in scholarly publishing to her diverse portfolio of product research and development projects. She is dedicated to helping information organizations cultivate a user-centered, standards-compliant approach to digital publishing and academic programs. Her expertise lies in optimizing user engagement for content discovery and access of academic content platforms. Previously, Lettie played a key role in establishing the product management program at SAGE Publishing. Currently, Lettie is an Associated Editor for Learned Publishing, a ‘chef’ with the SSP’s Scholarly Kitchen blog, and Information Science PhD candidate at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane.
Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction & Professor, University of Illinois At Urbana-Champaign
Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe is Professor/Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction in the University Library and affiliate faculty in the School of Information Sciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. As the 2010-11 ACRL President, she led the launch the ACRL Value of Academic Libraries Initiative. Lisa is currently Editor of Library Trends, a “chef” of The Scholarly Kitchen, and Chair of the IFLA Information Literacy Section. Other service includes positions in DLF, NISO, ARL, ALA, ILA, and LOEX. Lisa has consulted, presented, and published widely on the value of libraries, strategic planning, organizational innovation, emerging technologies, program evaluation, library assessment, privacy, inclusion and equity, information literacy, and teaching and learning.
Director of Marketing & Senior Consultant, Delta Think Inc
With more than twenty-five years of experience in society publishing and association management, Lori Carlin is a recognized expert in customer insight, market research, marketing strategy, and digital product development. Lori is currently the Director of Marketing and Senior Consultant at Delta Think, Inc., and has also held senior positions in Marketing, Sales, Online Content Delivery, and Subscriber/Member Services for a number of scholarly publishers and societies. With both creative and technical expertise, Lori is adept at implementing customer insight methodologies and building effective marketing strategies for publishing programs and products, and has helped professional societies and corporations develop and deliver publishing products that best meet and exceed customer needs. She is also very active in the publishing industry, serving as a SSP Board Member, and as a member of the PSP Professional Development and Annual Meeting Committees, and the ASAE Marketing Council, and recently co-chaired the SSP Branding Task Force.
Accessibility Director, NBCUniversal Media
Lori Samuels is Accessibility Director at NBC Universal, where she leads strategic accessibility programs to institute best practices in inclusive design, train software development teams, drive cultural maturity in disability inclusion, and fortify executive sponsorship. Lori has enjoyed career roles in Software Engineering, Technical Program Management and Accessibility Consulting—mostly for consumer and educational markets. Her passion for making technology work for people of all abilities started in 1993 when she was Director of Engineering at Broderbund Software. She went on to start Intuit's enterprise accessibility program and deliver the first-ever accessible version ofQuickBooks. Prior to joining NBC, Lori led accessibility programs and initiatives at Microsoft, impacting products such as Bing, Cortana, .NET, Visual Studio, Microsoft Store, Azure, and Dynamics. Lori and her family live in northern Utah, where they enjoy skiing, camping, hiking and boating in the beautiful mountains.
Operations Director, AJE/Research Square
Michele has been Operations Director at Research Square since April 2018, overseeing production processes for the preprint platform as well as editorial services. Before that, she held a number of different roles at the company ranging for editing to helping launch the Video Abstract program. She has a PhD in Medical Sciences from Brown University.
Director of Operations, J&J Editorial
Michelle is the Director of Operations at J&J Editorial, which offers professional peer review management, production, copyediting, and consulting services to the scholarly publishing industry. At J&J, Michelle is responsible for the daily operations of the company, as well as working with other executive leadership to execute the company’s mission and strategic goals. Michelle is the Vice President of the International Society of Managing and Technical Editors, serves on the Career Development Committee for the Society for Scholarly Publishing, and is active in the SSP Mentorship Program. She has worked in various editorial office roles since 2010 and prior to that was an editor of scientific and medical textbooks. She 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.
Program Director, Chemical Biology, Dana Farber Cancer Institute
Dr. Kostic is the Program Director for Chemical Biology at the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute where she spends her time bringing strategy, cohesion, and mentoring to support more than 100 researchers. One aspect of her work that she relishes is providing advice on how to navigate scholarly publishing. Prior to Dana-Farber, Dr. Kostic served as the Editor of Structure and Cell Chemical Biology, two journals published by Cell Press, Elsevier for more than a decade. While the editor, she experimented with article formats, peer review, use of social media and blogging, building communities, and journal re-launch. Dr. Kostic is passionate about career development for early career researchers, experimenting with new ways to talk about and evaluate scientific achievements, and making science more inclusive. COI: Dr. Kostic is a paid consultant at Life Science Editors.
Managing Director Books, Springer Nature
As Managing Director Books, Niels is responsible for Springer Nature’s books portfolio, spanning more than 300,000 academic books across all subject areas, and 13,000 new books each year. He is also in charge of more than 600 editorial colleagues worldwide, coordinating the books business across Springer Nature’s renowned book imprints, such as Springer, Palgrave Macmillan, J.B. Metzler, and others. His main tasks also include further development of print and electronic books, innovative technical features, new business models and workflows. Building on his former position as Chief Book Strategist, he is responsible for defining Springer Nature’s global strategy to shape the future of book publishing and reading. Niels joined Springer in 2005 and worked in various editorial and management positions in Heidelberg and Wiesbaden, Germany, as well as in Beijing, China. He holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering and a PhD in economics.
Partner, Clarke & Esposito
Pam Harley is a partner at Clarke & Esposito, a management consulting firm that focuses on the strategic issues affecting organizations focused on the creation, dissemination, and curation of professional and scholarly information. She combines an execution-focused drive with a strategic perspective gained from 20+ years in STM publishing. Pam knows her way around RFP projects, having participated as consultant, vendor, and customer in her professional roles at C&E, Silverchair, and American Psychiatric Association Publishing. She is a graduate of Duke University with degrees in Biology and Psychology.
Inclusive Experience Lead, Fidelity Investments
Parinay Malik is an abstract artist and a deaf professional at Fidelity Investments, where he is an Inclusive Design and Innovation Strategist and Inclusive Experience Lead. At Fidelity, he heads the Office of Internal Accessibility and the BELONG program, an inclusion initiative to create a diversity of ways for employees of all abilities to participate in work experience and to harness the power of inclusion to create compelling products and drive greater innovation. The BELONG program’s mission of “Sense of Belonging” encompasses a variety of programs and initiatives that leverage the power of inclusion, such as, BELONG Innovation, Internships, Hacks, and Ideas. Parinay holds a BSc in Business Management and Information Technology from RIT and recently graduated with an MBA from Babson College and MIT. As a sought-after speaker, he delivers keynote talks and workshops that facilitate awareness and education around topics including Inclusive Human-Centered Design, Innovation, and Disability.
Director, Publications and Platform, SPIE, The International Society for Optics and Photonics
Patrick Franzen is Director, Publications & Platform for SPIE, the international society for optics and photonics, where he is responsible for driving business strategy and innovation across the SPIE suite of publications activities including proceedings and conference content, journals, books, and multimedia. He is also part of the Society’s platform leadership team which manages development and strategy for both the SPIE Digital Library and SPIE’s partner platforms program.
Owner and Principal Consultant, Double L Digital
Phill Jones is the owner and principal consultant at Double L Digital which is a research, technology and management consultancy. He works with publishers, startups, institutions and funders on a broad range of strategic and operational challenges. He’s worked in a variety of senior and governance roles in editorial, outreach, scientometrics, product and technology at such places as JoVE, Digital Science, and Emerald. In a former life, he was a cross-disciplinary research scientist at the UK Atomic Energy Authority and Harvard Medical School.
Director, Publications Operations, American Geophysical Union
Randy Townsend, MPS, has worked for the American Geophysical Union for more than 14 years. His career focuses on the execution of the Publications Department's strategic goals, and the performance and development of an expanding portfolio of scholarly journals, requiring oversight of peer review operations and content integrity. He has been a leader in policy implementation and manages allegations of misconduct and ethical violations. Randy serves as a judge for the EXCEL Awards for Association Media & Publishing, is a member of the International Society of Managing and Technical Editor’s (ISMTE) Programming Committee and serves as Co-Chair on the Society of Scholarly Publishing's Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Committee.
Associate Publisher, American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists
Rebecca Benner is Associate Publisher at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, where she is responsible for oversight of journals, editorial, and production. She is also an adjunct faculty member in the College of Professional Studies at The George Washington University, where she teaches a course on "The Professional Editor" for the master's in publishing program.
Senior Director of Programs, National Society for Black Engineers
Rochelle L. Williams, Ph.D. is an engineer, educator, and advocate for equitable work environments in STEM professions. As the Senior Director of Programs at the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE), she is the chief programs officer responsible for ensuring the society fulfills its mission to increase the number of Black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally, and positively impact the community. She frequently delivers workshops and presentations centered on mitigating systemic barriers that prevent the full participation of traditionally marginalized persons. Since 2012, she has worked as a subject-matter expert for the National Science Foundation on issues regarding cultures of inclusion, broadening participation, and university education programs. Having received her B.S. in physics from Spelman College and her M.E. in Mechanical Engineering and Ph.D. in Science and Mathematics Education from Southern University and A&M College, Dr. Williams intentionally promotes the excellence and innovation at Historically Black Colleges and Universities.
Managing Director, Morressier
Sami Benchekroun is the cofounder and CEO of Morressier, the company that is accelerating scientific breakthroughs by building the home for early-stage research. His vision is to create a single place for pre-published research to be discussed, shared, analyzed, and discovered by the entire scientific ecosystem. Sami is an expert on early-stage research and a frequent speaker on new developments in scholarly communication. He has a background studying business at ESCP in London, Paris and Berlin.
Associate Director for Publishing, Emory University
Sarah McKee, Emory University, Assoc. Director for Publishing; Sarah McKee is the senior associate director for publishing at Emory University's Bill and Carol Fox Center for Humanistic Inquiry, where she implements the Digital Publishing in the Humanities initiative, with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Prior to her arrival at Emory in 2017, she worked for fifteen years at the University of Georgia Press, first as an assistant production editor, and then as electronic editor and managing editor for the New Georgia Encyclopedia, an open access digital humanities reference work.
Director of Publications, Association for Computing Machinery
Scott Delman has been working in the scholarly publishing industry for over 25 years and currently serves as the Director of Publications for the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), where he has overall responsibility for editorial, content development, publications policy, rights & permissions, production, Digital Library sales & marketing, and publications strategy, including ACM’s longterm transition to Open Access. Prior to joining ACM, Scott served in a number of senior and executive level management positions at Springer and Kluwer, including Vice President for Publishing and Vice President for Electronic Publishing at Kluwer Academic Publishers and Vice President for Business Development at Springer before leaving and joining ACM in 2007. In addition to his current role at ACM, Scott is actively involved in the governance of a number of the scholarly publishing industry’s most innovative and impactful non-profits, including Crossref, where Scott serves as the organization's Treasurer and Member of the Board of Directors, CHORUS, where Scott serves as Treasurer and Member of the Board of Directors, arXiv, where Scott serves as a Member of the Member Advisory Board, and as a Member of the Portico Advisory Committee.
Founder, The Active Bystander Training Company
As one of the founders of The Active Bystander Training Company (www.activebystander.co.uk), Scott appears at conferences and events demonstrating psychological and assertiveness techniques which are highly effective in challenging unacceptable behaviours. Scott is a former Editor at BBC News and Current Affairs and a specialist in language, influence and persuasion. His book, You Need This Book to Get What You Want (published by Simon & Schuster), is a globally published and widely translated guide to improving your powers of persuasion. The Active Bystander Training Company operates in eleven countries in three languages. Its clients include listed companies, government and leading universities.
Editorial Director, Journals, Medicine & Life Sciences at Springer Nature
Selene Carey is an Editorial Director in the Medicine and Life Sciences Journals program at Springer Nature. She has worked in STM publishing since 2002 with roles in books and journals at several different publishers. She has a strong interest in portfolios and products that support open research principles, including transparency, reproducibility, and inclusivity.
Senior Acquisitions Editor, Elsevier
Simon Holt has worked in scholarly publishing for over a decade, and is currently Publisher in the books division at Elsevier in Oxford, UK. He is also Chair of Elsevier Enabled, a group representing colleagues with disabilities. As a visually impaired person, he has first-hand experience of both the benefits of inclusion to both organizations and individuals, and the challenges involved in making it happen effectively. He believes that true accessibility in publishing means access to the publishing industry for people of all backgrounds, alongside the accessibility of published materials. In 2019, Simon’s contributions were recognized by the SSP Emerging Leader award.
COO & Co-founder, Cadmore Media; Renew Publishing Consultants
Simon has worked with a number of start-ups in the scholarly information space for over twenty years (including CatchWord, Renew Publishing Consultants and Accucoms) and in a consultancy and service provider role has nearly thirty years’ experience in meeting the needs of the world’s scholarly societies, both large and small, in North America, Europe and Japan.
Accessibility Specialist, University of Michigan Library
Stephanie Rosen is Accessibility Specialist and Associate Librarian at the University of Michigan Library. She has worked at the intersection of higher education and accessibility for 10 years. Stephanie brings insights from disability studies into library administration and digital education. She holds a PhD in English from the University of Texas at Austin.
Assistant Director, Digital Publishing and Operations Manager, University of Minnesota Press
Susan Doerr is Associate Director of the University of Minnesota Press. With grants from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Minnesota developed Manifold, a web-based platform for publishing scholarly projects, in collaboration with the CUNY Graduate Center and Cast Iron Coding. Susan has experience in literary, corporate, and scholarly publishing and distribution, and has served on the AUPresses board of directors and is a past President of the Minnesota Book Publishers Roundtable, Minnesota’s book publishing association.
Marketing Manager, Inera, An Atypon Company
Sylvia Izzo Hunter joined Inera as Marketing Manager in January 2018, following a 20-year career in editorial, production, and digital publishing at University of Toronto Press, where she honed her interest in producing accessible digital content. She served on the SSP Board of Directors from 2015 through 2018, and is currently a member of SSP’s Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Education committees. Sylvia is the author of two articles about copyediting in the Journal of Scholarly Publishing, and of three fantasy novels published by Ace Books.
Tao Tao is an independent consultant focusing on the Chinese academic market. She has worked in the scholarly publishing industry for her entire career, starting as Associate Editor of Chinese Medical Journal, the oldest academic periodical in China. Later she joined The Charlesworth Group, a UK publishing services company, and helped establish their first overseas office in Beijing and held the position of General Manager for 15 years before moving to the US office as Vice President of China Sales. Years of work in China and in the US has given Tao a good understanding of both the Chinese and Western community of academic communications.
Tim Lloyd is the founder and CEO of LibLynx, a provider of Identity, Access, and analytics solutions for the knowledge industry. As a member of the governance committee for SeamlessAccess.org and co-chair of the Outreach Committee, he is a vocal advocate for demystifying and improving technical solutions in these areas. Prior to LibLynx, Tim spent a decade working with libraries as Chief Operating Officer and Head of Music Publishing at Alexander Street Press. He brings over 20 years of experience in delivering pioneering online products and services.
CEO & Co-founder, Cadmore Media
Violaine’s experience spans fifteen years in professional, scholarly and trade publishing including stints at technology provider GVPi, SAGE Publishing, Random House, and Flammarion. She has led the development of digital publishing platforms and co-founded Cadmore Media to spur the growth of streaming media in scholarly and professional communication.
Managing Director, Berghahn Books, Inc.
Vivian Berghahn is Managing Director and Journals Editorial Director at Berghahn Books. In addition to overseeing the journals division at Berghahn, her responsibilities include advancing the company’s online initiatives and the strategic development of its overall publishing program. With over 20 years of experience in academic publishing, she previously worked for Blackwell Publishing and Northeastern University Press and currently serves on the AAP-PSP Committee and as co-opted member of the ALPSP Council.
PHD, Editor-in-Chief of Horticulture Research/Plant Phenomics, Nanjing Agricultural University/University of Tennessee
Dr. Cheng received his BS in Fruit Science from Nanjing Agricultural University in 1982 and his MS (in 1988) and Ph.D (in 1991) from Cornell University in Ithaca, NY, USA. For over the last 20 years, Dr. Cheng has been working on genetics, breeding, biotechnology and genomics of fruits, ornamental and forest trees at North Dakota State University (from November 1990 to July 2001), at University of Tennessee (August 2001 to now), and jointly at Nanjing Agricultural University (September 2009 to now). Dr. Cheng has (co)authored about 70 refereed publications and his research has been funded by USDA, DOE/CPBR, EPA/CPBR, NSF and other public and industry supports. Dr. Cheng currently serves as Associate Editors, Consult Editor, and Guest Editor-in-Chief for several professional journals. Dr. Cheng was elected Fellow of American Society for Horticultural Sciences in 2012.