Suzanne Abbott, ALPSP
Suzanne has worked in academic publishing since 2003 and is currently the Publications Development Manager at the London Mathematical Society. The Society publishes 12 peer-reviewed journals, seven of which are in collaboration with other learned societies and book series. Before that, she worked in several editorial roles at the Royal Society of Chemistry, Royal Society and Elsevier. ALPSP is a founding member of Think. Check. Submit.
Bev Acreman, UKSG
Bev Acreman was a founding member of T.C.S. while at BioMed Central and helped gather interest from other organisations in the same space. She has extensive experience of journal publishing, and was Vice President, Open Access Business Development at BioMed Central and then Springer. She is Executive Director at UKSG, an organisation she has been involved in as a volunteer for over 20 years.
Gaelle Bequet, ISSN International Centre
Dr. Gaëlle Béquet was appointed Director of the ISSN International Centre (Paris, France) in March 2014. She began her career as an ICT specialist for the French Ministry of Culture and Communication. She has also worked in various academic libraries. She holds a PhD in Information Science (2011, Sorbonne University). In 2014, she published her book Trois bibliothèques européennes face à Google : aux origines de la bibliothèque numérique (1990-2010) about the emergence of digital libraries in Austria, France and the UK.
Mary C. Francis, Association of University Presses
Mary C. Francis was born in New York City and earned her B.A. in music from Brandeis University. Graduate work in musicology at Yale led to her first job in publishing, at Yale University Press. She subsequently worked at Oxford University Press, Mayfield Publishing, and the University of California Press, acquiring content in the arts, especially music and cinema. After her time at California she became Editorial Director at the University of Michigan Press and came to Philadelphia to be Director of the University of Pennsylvania Press in the fall of 2019. She has served in various roles at the Association of University Presses, most recently as part of their Board of Directors.
Siân is particularly interested in ensuring that that Think. Check. Submit. meets the needs of researchers in low- and middle-income countries. She has been involved in the development and launch of Journal Publishing Practices and Standards (JPPS) and serves as a mentor in the AuthorAID project. She is a chef on Scholarly Kitchen and, prior to joining INASP, was editor of Research Information magazine for more than a decade.
Dominic Mitchell, DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals)
Dom has worked extensively with the publisher and librarian communities both as a publisher, with the BMJ Publishing Group (UK), and as an account and project manager at HighWire Press – Stanford University (USA). He is responsible for collaboration with DOAJ’s publishers, for DOAJ’s technical development, social media presence and its blog, the DOAJ News Service. He is also Web Manager for COPE.
Claire Redhead, OASPA (Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association)
Claire’s publishing background began back in 2000. Editorial positions in UK publishing houses in the 12 years that followed provided her with valuable opportunities for developing key skills and varied experience in the academic journal and book publishing industry. In 2012 Claire joined the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA), initially responsible for managing membership and communications for the organisation. Claire quickly took the lead to develop and grow OASPA during this time, and was appointed Executive Director of the association in 2016.
Natalie Ridgeway, COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics)
Natalie Ridgeway has worked extensively in scholarly publishing, at Cambridge University Press, BMJ Publishing Group and The Lancet, before joining COPE in 2010. As Executive Officer, her main responsibilities are to provide a range of high level executive, operational, and project support services to the Trustee Board and Council, including providing strategic advice and implementing strategies to support the achievement of the organisation’s strategic and operational objectives.
Joss van Rossum, International Association of STM Publishers
Joris is STM’s director of Research Integrity since January 2021.
In his role Joris supports and coordinates STM’s research integrity and data programs – both integral components of STM’s mission to advance trusted research.
Joris van Rossum worked for several leading companies and organizations across the STM publishing space, including Digital Science and Elsevier, where he initiated and led a variety of important innovations and cross-publisher initiatives within the research and publishing ecosystem.
Joris holds a master degree in biology and a PhD in philosophy.
Katherine Stephan (Research Support Librarian/Academic Liaison Librarian, Liverpool John Moores University)
Katherine Stephan is a Research Support Librarian and an Academic Liaison Librarian at Liverpool John Moores University. She previously worked in public libraries in Bristol and Norwich before moving into academic libraries in 2012. She is keen to work with and learn from others that support and advocate for open research via: open data, open access publishing, engagement events and work with the wider public and public libraries. She tweets at @msiowaintheuk
Niels Stern, OAPEN Foundation
Niels Stern is director of OAPEN and co-director of the Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB). He began his career in scholarly book publishing in 2003 and was a co-founder of the OAPEN project in 2008. Since then he has been head of publishing for the Nordic Council of Ministers, independent expert for the European Commission on open science and e-infrastructures, and before joining OAPEN he was head of department for licence management at the Royal Danish Library, also serving as chief negotiator for the Danish national licence consortium.
Sofie Wennström, LIBER (Association of European Research Libraries)
Sofie Wennström represents the LIBER organization, and their over 400 member libraries across Europe, in the Committee. Sofie has been working with academic publishing since 2003, and manages the journals portfolio at Stockholm University Press. Sofie’s workplace is Stockholm University Library in Sweden, where she is also teaching students and researchers about scholarly communication and information literacy.