2016 Webinar 1: Journal Training Wheels: Building a Pipeline of Future Authors, Reviewers, and Editors

Held: March 23, 2016, 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM Eastern Time

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This webinar will present examples of initiatives and programs geared toward engaging residents, fellows, and early career individuals in scholarly publishing ‘training wheels’ experiences to develop a rich pipeline of interested and engaged future authors, reviewers, and editors.


  • Discover models for engaging junior society members in the editorial process.
  • Consider the importance of developing a rich pipeline of interested and engaged future authors, reviewers, and editors.
  • Discuss recommendations for operationalizing new, similar programs.
  • Identify positives and negatives (potential benefits and pitfalls) of launching ‘training wheels’ programs.


Mary K. Billingsley, ELS, Managing Editor, American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry


Michelle S. Horner, DO, Assistant Professor, Johns Hopkins Medicine
Michelle S. Horner, DO, is the editor-in-chief and founder of JAACAP Connect. She is assistant professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine. Michelle is passionate about providing publishing and mentorship opportunities to all residents. She has previously facilitated large publishing-as-education projects, is Ex-Officio chair of the AACAP Committee on Medical Students and Residents, created the AACAP Career Development Forum, and co-chaired AACAP’s Annual Meeting Mentorship Program for many years.

Kathleen Pieper, Managing Editor, Neurology®
Kathy Pieper has worked at the Journal Neurology® since 1998. In her current role of Managing Editor, Kathy is responsible for the oversight of all stages of the peer-review process. She is also the liaison to the print (WoltersKluwer) and online (HighWire Press) publishers to ensure high-level post-production standards and user satisfaction across all platforms. She collaborates with the Executive Editor and Publisher on implementing new features to ensure the Neurology journals remain on the vanguard of bio-medical publishing as well as competitive within the neurology marketplace. Before coming to Neurology, Kathy worked for 8 years at the Archives of Neurology (now JAMA Neurology) as an editorial assistant.

Jason Roberts, PhD, Senior Partner, Origin Editorial
Jason Roberts, PhD, began work in the subscription services department at Blackwell Science in Oxford, UK after earning a doctorate in Geography from Loughborough University. Following a move to Blackwell’s US office he switched to the editorial team and eventually rose to be Publishing Manager and then Senior Editor of US-based medical journals, handling budgets, business plans and society/editor relations with the publisher.

In 2004, he left Blackwell to become the Managing Editor for Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain. Later that year he also founded the editorial office of a new-launch periodical: The Journal of Sexual Medicine. Dr Roberts is also the founding president of the International Society of Managing and Technical Editors. He occasionally speaks periodically on the issues of publication ethics in relation to editorial office operations; peer review management and editorial office best practices.