I am the Publishing Director at the Royal Society where I have responsibility for the Royal Society’s publishing operation leading a team of 26 who publish the Society’s ten journals including the world’s first science journal, Philosophical Transactions, first published in 1665. I joined the Royal Society in 2006 after working as a Publisher for at Blackwell (now Wiley) in Oxford where I was responsible for postgraduate book and journal acquisitions in clinical medicine.
I have a BA in chemistry and a PhD in psychopharmacology from the University of Oxford, and have published many scientific papers in the fields of drug tolerance and dependence, chemical kindling and epilepsy.
I am a keen advocate of open science and believe that the scholarly communication system should serve science more effectively and efficiently than it does at present. In order to derive the maximum benefit from scholarship it is essential that the fruits of research be made available as widely as possible, as soon as possible and with full rights of re-use. So much valuable information is locked away behind paywalls and we have barely even started to realise the potential of text and data mining - which works best with fully open content. During my time at the Royal Society we have come a long way in terms of developing our open access program. We now have two fully OA journals and in 2015 30% of our articles were published with immediate open access under CC-BY license. I am committed to developing our open access program further in the near future.
I am an active participant in the many forums and meetings about the reform of scholarly scientific communication and am a keen advocate of reform. In 2014 organised a successful four day conference at the Royal Society which brought together all stakeholders to discuss the future of publishing. I am on the Board of Directors of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) and the Europe PMC Advisory Board, and I am involved in a number of open scence groups.