Learn how publishers are utilising their external networks and communities to develop their organization’s international profile, whether via the diversity of their editorial boards or partnerships with institutions or societies. We’ll learn about strategic initiatives in this area, as well as how publishers are developing tools to encourage good practice on diversity and inclusion in publishing processes.

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Parallel 2c – Ed Gerstner
Parallel 2c – Roheena Anand
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Dr. Niamh O’Connor
Director, Global Journals Development, PLOS
Niamh is Journals Publishing Director at PLOS where she has responsibility for the business management of PLOS Biology, PLOS Medicine and the PLOS Community Journals, as well as working with the Editorial Teams to ensure that the journals maintain and grow their connections with their communities. Previously she was the Director of Publishing at the Biochemical Society/Portland Press, where a central part of her role focused on developing collaborative relationships with Boards, Committees and the wider community to recommend and deliver against organizational strategic objectives. Prior to joining the Biochemical Society she spent nine years at the Royal Society of Chemistry in a variety of publishing roles including Publisher and Managing Editor, where she worked to co-create and implement journal strategies with Editorial Boards to meet the needs of the evolving global scientific community.


Dr. Ed Gerstner
Director of Journal Policy & Strategy, Springer Nature
Ed is the Director of Journal Policy & Strategy at Springer Nature. He is responsible for the development and implementation of policy and strategy across the entire Springer Nature journal portfolio. He is also the chair of Springer Nature’s Grand Challenges Steering Group, whose task is to coordinate and enhance the company’s support of research and researchers who are seeking solutions to the UN Sustainable Development Goals. He has been an editor with Nature Research for over sixteen years, and 2012 he helped found Nature’s first mainland China office in Shanghai where he built a team of editors from across the group to live and work in China.

Laura Jose
Publisher, Oxford University Press
Laura Jose is a publisher in the legal journals team at Oxford University Press. Prior to joining OUP, Laura was a doctoral student at the University of Durham, where she completed a PhD on gender in medieval literature. Laura is co-chair of the OUP Journals Diversity & Inclusion group, and sits on the OUP UK D&I Editorial and Promotion Committee, a staff-run initiative which aims to identify ways to ensure that the content OUP publishes is inclusive and targeted towards diverse audiences.

Ms. Roheena Anand
Publisher, Royal Society of Chemistry
Roheena has a Master’s degree in Chemistry from Oxford University and over twenty years’ experience of working in the STM publishing industry. Her experience cuts across multiple product types in both non-profit and commercial sectors, and encompasses roles at the Royal Society of Chemistry, the Biochemical Society, and Macmillan/Nature Publishing Group. Roheena is currently a Publisher at the Royal Society of Chemistry and part of the RSC’s Publishing Senior Management Team. She has responsibility for developing and implementing publishing strategy across Books and Journals, and is Chair of the RSC’s Open Access Strategy Group.

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