Publons Academy Experts

These renowned researchers, journal editors, publishers and Nobel Prize winners helped design the Publons Academy curriculum.


Sir Brian Heap is a Research Associate at the Centre for Development Studies, University of Cambridge, and an elected Fellow of The Royal Society where he has held posts as Foreign Secretary, Vice-President, and editor of the Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society, Series B. He was President of the European Academies Science Advisory Council, Halle, Germany, and UK representative for both the European Science Foundation and the NATO Science Committee. He has published extensively on endocrine physiology, reproductive biology and biotechnology, and became Director of Research at the Institute of Animal Physiology and Genetics Research (Cambridge and Edinburgh) and at the Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (Swindon).

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Daniel Shanahan is a Publisher in Health Sciences at F1000 Research and a known advocate for transparency and reproducibility in research as well as open access and open science. He was an Associate Publisher for Medical Evidence at BioMed Central and an Editorial Manager at Mark Allen group.

Dr. Elisabeth Bik received her PhD at Utrecht University in The Netherlands after working on epidemic Vibrio cholerae strains, after which she worked at the Dutch National Institute for Health and the St. Antonius Hospital in Nieuwegein, where she set up a molecular microbiology unit for the detection and typing of clinical and nosocomical strains. In 2002 she joined the Department of Microbiology and Immunology at Stanford University School of Medicine as a research assocaite, where, in May 2016, she was awarded Stanford’s prestigious “Microbiome Pioneer” award for her ongoing contributions to science in editing and publishing of her blog, Microbiome Digest. She is currently Science Ediotor at uBiome while still running the blog Microbiome Digest.

Dr. Robert Keith Shaw is a Professor at the School of Business, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, China, where he teaches western psychology, research methods, dispute resolution techniques, and pedagogy. His research mainly relates to Kant, Husserl, Heidegger and Heelan, ontology, phenomenology, concepts of truth, the foundations of psychology, the hermeneutic philosophy of science and innovations in business research methods. Some of his research is about decision-making techniques, curriculum theory and curriculum design, pedagogy and e-learning. He is currently editor at PhilPapers: Online Research in Philosophy, and on the editorial board of Philosophy of Management.


Keti Glonti is a Research Fellow pursuing her PhD within the Methods in Research on Research (MiRoR) project, an innovative doctoral training programme in the field of clinical research funded by Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions. Her PhD focuses on peer-review content and the communication process in biomedical journals.

Dr. Jonas Ranstam is an independent consultant in medical statistics who provides services to investigators at universities, hospitals, governmental agencies, research organisations, and private companies. He was the overall winner in Publons' 2016 Sentinels of Science awards and described as the World’s Most Prolific Peer Reviewer across a number of media outlets. Ranstam is affiliated with Lund University, Sweden, and is deputy editor of Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, statistical editor of the British Journal of Surgery, and a statistical reviewer for a large number of international scientific medical journals. This makes him best placed to advise new and experienced researchers on how to analyse data and spot common statistical errors during the peer review process.

Dr. David Moher is a senior scientist, Clinical Epidemiology Program, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, and Associate Professor, School of Epidemiology, Public Health and Preventive Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, University of Ottawa, where he holds a University Research Chair in systematic Reviews. Dr. Moher studies journalology (publication science). He spearheaded the development of the CONSORT Statements, and has been involved with several other reporting guideline initiatives.

Dr. Jacobus Donders is chief psychologist at Mary Free Bed, and board-certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology in clinical neuropsychology, rehabilitation psychology and pediatric clinical neuropsychology. He is the associate editor of the journals Child Neuropsychology and Archives of Clinical Neuropsychology. He also serves on the editorial boards of several other journals, and on the board of directors of the American Board of Clinical Neuropsychology. Jacobus draws on his extensive clinical and editorial background to offer advice to early career researchers wanting to peer review, and to their supervisors on ways to help them.

Dr. Guillermo Rein is a Mechanical engineer and Reader in Thermal Energy at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of Imperial College, London. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the journal Fire Technology, an Associate Editor for two otherjournals, and a Guest Editor of at least one journal per year. He believes peer review is "a booster of quality, a corrector of work, and a global improver of science overall."

Dr. Randy Schekman is a Professor in the Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at the University of California, Berkeley, and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He is also the Editor-in-Chief of the open access journal eLife, and a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. In 2013 he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his work on elucidating the components and mechanisms of the secretory pathway.

Palaeontologist Jon Tennant completed his PhD at Imperial College London in the Department of Earth Science and Engineering. He is the Communications Director for the discovery and research network ScienceOpen, as well as a PLOS Paleo Community Editor. He is also a freelance science writer and consultant, an avid social media user and an author. Jon is an open science advocate who has written a great deal about the need for fairer and more transparent peer review processes.

Dr. David Schoenfeld is a professor of Medicine at the Harvard Medical School, and a Professor in the Department of Biostatistics at the Harvard School of Public Health. He is a also fellow of the American Statistical Association. David has been involved in designing, analyzing and developing statistical methodology for clinical and laboratory studies for over 40 years, and is widely published in the area of clinical trials, survival analysis, animal carcinogenicity and AIDS. He is currently on the editorial board for Clinical Trials, SAGE Publishing, and has reviewed for nearly 20 top journals requiring his statistical methodology and subject matter expertise.

Caroline Struthers is Education and Traning Manager at the UK EQUATOR Centre, based at the University of Oxford. There she is involved in many aspects of EQUATOR's mission to improve the planning, conduct and reporting of healthcare studies. Her main focus is developing and promoting educational tools and training to help embed the use of reporting guidelines in the research process at every stage. She has also worked on a public engagement project (The ALOIS Community Project) for the Cochrane Dementia and Cognitive Improvement Group which involved writing and producing a series of open access online modules explaining health research to the public.

Dr. Irene Hames is an independent research-publication, peer-review and research-integrity specialist with a PhD in cell biology and over 30 years’ experience in scholarly publishing, including 20 years as the managing editor of a large international journal. She is the author of the book Peer Review and Manuscript Management in Scientific Journals, and in 2011 was the specialist advisor to the UK Parliament House of Commons Science and Technology Committee for its inquiry into peer review and the resulting report, Peer Review in Scientific Publications. Irene is a former Council Member and Director of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) and currently holds advisory roles with Sense About Science and the International Society of Managing and Technical Editors, where she is also Chair of the Ethics Committee. In 2011 she was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, and now sits on the Society’s Research Dissemination Committee. She is also on the Editorial Board of Learned Publishing.