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Nana Bit-Avragim

Editor/Open Access Outreach, OpenScience GmbH

I am a translational scientist (focus on molecular cardiology) and Editor at ScienceOpen. ScienceOpen is a new community-based Open Access publisher and research network from Berlin, Germany and Boston, USA. With the initiative ScienceOpen, we would like to change the current scientific publishing culture and, therefore have created a concept of immediate publication followed by transparent evaluation.

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Stefan Busch

Head of Business and Process Development, BioMed Central

I left academia in 2003 and have worked for BioMed Central ever since, first in London, now in Heidelberg. These days I head up a team that looks after a range of tasks that do not sit within specific publishing groups, including contracts, journal reporting, and indexing (working with services such as Thomson Reuters’ Web of Science).

In the workshop we will look at various aspects of open access that are relevant for researchers, such as: how do OA journals (not) differ from subscription journals; copyright and licensing; business models, including “hybrid open access”; quality criteria (the good, the bad, …).

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Jana Christopher

Data Integrity Analyst, EMBO

Jana Christopher started out in Theatre Arts and worked in TV, opera and theatre productions in London’s West End for several years. She obtained an MA in Bilingual Translation from Westminster University in 2002 before beginning a new career in publishing in Germany. Initially working as an editorial assistant, Jana joined EMBO in 2005 and for the past 4 years she has taken care of issues related to image manipulation and misconduct at pre-publication stage as well as in published papers for all four EMBO publications. She will talk about how she performs her image screening, what her typical findings are, and how cases of misconduct are generally handled.

Eleanor Hayes

Editor-in-Chief Science in School, EMBL

Eleanor Hayes is the editor-in-chief of Science in School, the European journal for science teachers. She studied zoology at the University of Oxford, UK, and completed a PhD in insect ecology at the University of Bristol. She has worked in university administration, for a bioinformatics start-up company as a life science technical writer, and for a learned society as the editor-in-chief of an abstract database. In 2005, she moved to the European Molecular Biology Laboratory, where she developed Science in School from an idea into a popular print and online journal.

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Eva Hiripi

Editor, Springer Science + Business Media

I work as an Editor at Springer Science and Business Media, managing journals and book series. After my Masters studies in Statistics, I worked as a Statistical Analyst at Harvard Medical School for 6 years. I then started my doctoral work in genetic epidemiology at the DKFZ in Heidelberg, where I received my doctoral degree in 2009. After working for two years as a postdoc at the DKFZ, I joined Springer in 2011.

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Laura Howes

Editor of Science in School, EMBL

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Georgi Hristov

Data Editor, Wiley-VCH

I am Data Editor in the Global Research business of Wiley, working on the EMBO journal portfolio. I completed my Master studies in Molecular Biology at the International Max Planck Research School in Goettingen, after which I received my PhD in 2011 at the DKFZ in the Department of Applied Tumor Virology. Following my 1-year postdoctoral experience in the Department of Cardiology at the Heidelberg University Hospital, I decided to leave academic research and joined Wiley.

Thomas Lemberger

Deputy Head of Scientific Publications, EMBO

The peer reviewed research paper remains the predominant mode of sharing research findings. Journals play important roles in research assessment. As research output continues to grow massively, scaleable and reliable mechanisms are required to select, validate, archive, share and find research. The EMBO press journals have taken several initiatives to ensure that peer-reviewed publication aids research progress and remains a hallmark of a reliable scientific process. It’s transparent editorial process and pre-decision referee discussion ensures the fairness and accountability of the decision process. EMBO's SourceData project is recasting the paper as a rich online resource that allows researchers to discover, reproduce and share research data more effectively.

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Barbara Marte

Senior Editor, Nature Publishing Group

In addition to describing my own career path from active research in the laboratory to becoming an editor at Nature (and Nature Cell Biology), I will discuss the part of the job on which most of our time is spent: how the editors at Nature select the primary research papers published: how we make decisions, how we manage the review process and consider appeals, and how we generally interact with authors and reviewers throughout the process.
The presentation will include a discussion of the skills required for these tasks as well as the career opportunities for scientists within scientific publishing.

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Aileen Laura Mitchell

Deputy Editor, Wiley-VCH

Accomplished professional with over 5 years of experience in academic publishing and 5 years of laboratory experience. Possess distinctive communication and interpersonal skills, encompassing the written word and face-to-face interaction. I am extremely outcome driven and strategic in planning. Creative, career focused, driven individual with a strong academic background and communication skills.

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Anne Nielsen

Scientific Editor, EMBO

Anne Nielsen obtained her PhD in 2008 and worked as a postdoc at IMBA in Vienna for 3 years before leaving the lab in early 2012 to become a scientific editor for The EMBO Journal. In her presentation, she will discuss how she decided to leave the bench and talk more generally about the pros and cons of a career in scientific publishing. Anne will also give you a brief look behind the scenes of scientific publishing at EMBO and explain how editors make decisions, find referees and work with authors to improve the revised manuscript.

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Yvonne Ohl

Editorial Assistant, IJC, DKFZ

Yvonne Ohl has been working at the editorial office of the International Journal of Cancer (IJC) since 2002, based at the DKFZ in Heidelberg. IJC is owned by the Union for International Cancer Control (Geneva, Switzerland) and published by Wiley-Blackwell. She has been a member of the International Society of Managing and Technical Editors (ISMTE) since 2010. Before joining scientific publishing she worked in the travel industry, in Wiesbaden, Worms and Frankfurt.

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David Peralta

Assistant Editor, Wiley-VCH

I currently work as an Assistant Editor at Wiley-VCH. I did my PhD at DKFZ and have been a Heidelberger for six years now. Before this, I finished my degrees in Chemistry and German Studies in the Philippines. I have a passion for both science and the arts—being both a biochemist and a performer. This creative and outgoing side got me interested in science communication, and eventually, science publishing. Thanks to workshops like these and the help of the DKFZ Career Office and the BIOCONTACT team, I was able to move into scientific publishing.

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Frank Schubert

Editor, Spektrum der Wissenschaft

Currently I am working as an editor for the German-language science magazine “Spektrum der Wissenschaft”. I studied Biophysics at the Humboldt University in Berlin and was actively involved in research for several years. Then I changed my career towards journalism. During my time at DKFZ I was a senior editor for the magazine "einblick". Although I sometimes have the impression that my job is an uncertain job with rather low merits it was the right decision for me.

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Paul Schultze-Motel

Scientific Relations Officer, Helmholtz Association

Open science, the unrestricted access to scientific publications and cultural heritage, is an ongoing and future trend in the scientific landscape worldwide. Research publications and other digital objects such as research data and scientific software will thus be publicly available on the internet.
The Helmholtz Association was one of the initial signatories of the „Berlin Declaration on Open Access to Knowledge in the Sciences and Humanities“ in 2003. Since 2005, the Helmholtz Open Science Coordination Office is supporting scientists and their Helmholtz Centres in the implementation of open science.

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Daniel Staemmler

Executive Publisher, Elsevier

Daniel studied Public Health at the University of Applied Sciences in Hamburg and worked there as a Research Associate for a project to bring health education online. After receiving his Ph.D. he moved to San Francisco. Daniel worked for Shanti's L.I.F.E. Institute as their Manager of Research and Internet Services. In Hamburg he joined Bertelsmann AG at their educational start-up scoyo, an online learning platform for school children. In Berlin he started as the COO and Director of Curriculum Development at the German Institute of Continuing Education for Technologists and Analysts in Medicine (DIW-MTA e.V.) followed by an employment at Quadriga University of Applied Sciences as their Head of Knowledge Management & Digital Learning and Director of Studies.

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Sherryl Sundell

Managing Editor, UICC/Wiley/DKFZ

Born in the United States and educated at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Sherryl settled in Germany and has been involved in science editing and publishing for over 25 years. She first worked as a copyeditor for medical books and journals at Springer-Verlag in Heidelberg and since 2002 has been managing editor of the International Journal of Cancer (IJC), a large cancer research journal annually receiving more than 3,000 submissions and publishing 24 print issues. IJC is owned by the Union for International Cancer Control (Geneva, Switzerland) and published by Wiley-Blackwell.

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Verena Viarisio

Research Associate, DKFZ (Department of Cancer Prevention)

I am working for the Department of Cancer Prevention/ WHO Collaborating Centre for Tobacco Control at the DKFZ, Heidelberg. In various publications we inform on topics in cancer prevention and on the political, economic and health-related consequences of the consumption of tobacco and similar products. Our publications address journalists, decision-makers in politics and in the public health sector as well as the interested general public. We organize Germany's only Conference on Tobacco Control which takes place annually at the DKFZ. During the Conference, Tobacco Control experts from a variety of nations discuss national and global progress and problems in Tobacco Control.

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