Webinar: Challenges and Opportunities in Open Research January 26, 2023

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Open research has revolutionized scholarly publishing. From the novel business models introduced by open access to the increasing ubiquity of data sharing policies and the shift in how we define research outputs, research is more open now than it has ever been before. Announcements such as the Nelson Memo and the NIH’s new data sharing requirements indicate that this trend is just beginning.

This structured Q&A will touch on topics such as commercial opportunities in the open research space, the role of researcher incentives in open research adoption, the extent to which open research initiatives deliver on promises of increased transparency and efficiency, and the intersection between DEIA and open research. Our five panelists bring a wealth of experience from diverse scholarly publishing organizations. Most of the questions will be posed by the moderator, but attendees are encouraged to bring questions as well.


Ginny Herbert, Editorial Development Manager, Frontiers

Ginny Herbert is an Editorial Development Manager at Frontiers, where she leads the US life sciences editorial development team and establishes strategies for increasing access to life sciences research in the United States. Prior to joining Frontiers, she worked in several capacities in HSS publishing, first at the American Economic Association and then at Taylor & Francis. Ginny is passionate about making scientific findings more impactful and transparent through open research as well as the intersection between research integrity, DEIA, and open research initiatives.


Tiago Barros, Managing Director, Faculty Opinions

Tiago Barros is the Managing Director of Faculty Opinions, an H1 community. Prior to the Faculty Opinions acquisition by H1 in April 2022, Tiago was the Managing Director of Faculty Opinions and Sciwheel, a reference manager and authoring tool. Previously, he was the Product Lead at Publons (Clarivate Analytics) where he worked on publisher tools to improve peer review efficiency and transparency. Having a background in structural biology, he was a Postdoctoral Fellow at UC Berkeley and earned his PhD in Biochemistry at the Max Planck Institute of Biophysics in Frankfurt, Germany. He is passionate about transforming the way research is assessed, promoted and disseminated.

Tom Ciavarella, Head of Public Affairs and Advocacy in North America, Frontiers

Tom is the Head of Public Affairs and Advocacy in North America for Frontiers, overseeing government relations on Open Science initiatives and working with key stakeholders in scholarly publishing policy. He is formerly manager of Publisher Relations for the Web of Science Group, part of Clarivate, and runs Smarter Learning, a consultancy that works with startups and STM publishers. He lives in Chicago.

Tracey DePellegrin, Executive Director, Genetics Society of America

Tracey DePellegrin is the Executive Director for the Genetics Society of America as well as the Executive Editor of the journals GENETICS and G3: Genes|Genomes|Genetics. She is a member of a ITHAKA S+R cohort envisioning the future of scholarly meetings She has served as Editor-in-Chief of Science Editor, a publication of the Council of Science Editors. She has also served as a member of the NISO Working Group developing a definition for alternative metrics for the assessment of research. She was a researcher/analyst with the Carnegie Mellon University libraries, studying the ways faculty and students searched for and used scholarly databases and journals. She created and taught a course in software documentation at Carnegie Mellon, and has also worked as a market researcher, freelance journalist, and photography instructor.

Rebecca Grant, Head of Data & Software Publishing, F1000

Dr. Rebecca Grant is Head of Data & Software Publishing at the publisher F1000, where she supports the development of policy, guidance and publishing workflows to encourage researchers to share open and FAIR research data. She has a background in data management for the humanities and social sciences and was previously based at the Digital Repository of Ireland and the National Library of Ireland. She is co-chair of the STM Association’s Research Data Program Humanities Data Subgroup, and the Research Data Alliance Data policy standardisation and implementation Interest Group. She is a qualified Open Data trainer certified by the Open Data Institute. Her doctoral thesis explored the connections between archival theory and research data management practice, using Ireland as a case study.

Guy Jones, Chief Editor, Scientific Data

Guy has worked as the Chief Editor of Scientific Data, a journal publishing descriptions of open datasets, since October 2021. Prior to that he was the Executive Editor for Data at the Royal Society of Chemistry with responsibility for managing chemical databases and setting research data policies for chemistry journals