Virtual Half-Day Conference – Diversity in Peer Review: Improving the Author Experience

View our free extended webinar on peer review! Hear from experts at Wiley, Cambridge University Press, American Chemical Society, the Workplace Equity Project, and Research Square as they discuss challenges and innovations in peer review.

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Free extended webinar on peer review

View the recording of our half-day conference, “Diversity in Peer Review: Improving the Author Experience,” which features speakers from Wiley, the American Chemical Society (ACS), Cambridge University Press (CUP), the Workplace Equity Project, and Research Square.

The topics discussed included diversity in scholarly publishing, challenges with speed in peer review, and open peer review. The speakers also talked about initiatives that are being implemented and technologies that are being explored to improve the peer review process. From this recording, viewers can expect to gain more insights that can help them in the peer review process.

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About the Speakers

Susan Spilka, Co-Founder, Workplace Equity Project

Susan Spilka is a co-founder of the Workplace Equity Project, a grassroots organization that is building a community of voices to advance diversity, inclusion, and equity in the scholarly publishing industry through research, communication, and advocacy. For two decades, Susan led internal and external Corporate Communications at Wiley, and she directed the development of Wiley’s first Corporate Citizenship program, playing a role in many pioneering industry initiatives such as CHORUS, Crossref, and Patient Inform. She also served as the first Marketing & Communications Director for CHORUS, a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to advancing cost-effective, sustainable public access to scholarly research literature. Currently, she provides strategic communications, public relations, and research services for CLOCKSS, Elsevier, American Institute of Physics, and an array of scholarly societies, publishers, and publishing services clients. She also promotes Knowledge Unlatched, the crowd-funded open-access service provider, to North American librarians.

Chrissy Prater, PhD, Product Development Coordinator, Research Square

Dr. Prater has been creating and supporting author and journal services at Research Square since 2009 and now serves as a Senior Product Development Coordinator for Editorial Services. Dr. Prater is focused on continued development of author and journal services. She builds lasting relationships with journals and publishers to help authors find the most appropriate and receptive publication outlets for their manuscripts. She received her PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Johns Hopkins University and completed a postdoc at Duke University.

Damian Pattinson, PhD, Vice President of Publishing Innovation, Research Square

Dr. Damian Pattinson is Vice President of Publishing Innovation at Research Square, working on open peer review software and services for publishers and journals. Previously he was Editorial Director of the open access journal, PLOS ONE, where he oversaw peer review for the thousands of papers that were published each month. At PLOS he was also responsible for growing the editorial community from a few hundred to many thousands, and developed the editorial policies that became the standard for the ensuing megajournal movement. Damian started his journal career at the BMJ as editor of the evidence-based medicine resources, BMJ Clinical Evidence and BMJ Best Practice. He earned his PhD in developmental neuroscience from University College London.

Emily Marchant, Author Services Manager, Cambridge University Press (CUP)

Emily Marchant is the Author Services Manager at Cambridge University Press in the Scholarly Communications Research and Development team. She focuses on the continuous improvement of author experience across books and journals. This includes developing and partnering with third parties on new author services, making publication process improvements for the benefit of authors, and supporting or training authors and other roles in the scholarly ecosystem, such as peer reviewers.

Kristin McNealy, PhD, Director of Author Product Strategy & Operations, Wiley

Dr. McNealy is a Director of Author Product Strategy & Operations in the Research division at Wiley and is responsible for Wiley Author Services and helping to deliver a great publication experience for journal authors. She joined Wiley after completing her PhD and a postdoc in developmental neuroimaging and neurogenetics.

Ben Mudrak, PhD, Product Manager, American Chemical Society (ACS)

Dr. Mudrak has been attending conferences of some sort since starting grad school in 2004 and has been helping plan Society for Scholarly Publishing meetings since 2014. He is currently a Product Manager overseeing author and reviewer services at the American Chemical Society.

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