IOS Press – 35th Anniversary
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Celebrating Our 35th Anniversary
On March 31, 2022 we celebrated our 35th anniversary with an exclusive symposium entitled “The Future of Science Publishing – Personal Views.” The speakers at the symposium shared insights on current developments within their fields and what they see ahead of us in the future of publishing.
At the symposium, we hosted two tracks – a Tech Session and a Key Editors Session – with presentations by international experts from our network.
A summary of the event is available via our news section here.
The picture on the right was taken at our 35th anniversary celebration (photo credit: Philip Jong Loy)
Frank van Harmelen, PhD, Professor in Knowledge Representation & Reasoning, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam | View Recording
Tobias Kuhn, PhD, Assistant Professor, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam and Co-Editor-in-Chief of the journal Data Science | View Recording
Barend Mons, PhD, Professor of BioSemantics, Leiden University Medical Center | View Recording
Hodan Mursal, MSc, Data Analyst at IOS Press and LD Connect | View Recording
Erik Schultes, PhD, FAIR Implementation Lead, GO FAIR Foundation | View Recording
Key Editors Session
Maurizio Battino, PhD, Associate Professor of Biochemistry, Università Politecnica delle Marche and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Berry Research and the Mediterranean Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism | View Recording
Pieter Everaers, PhD, Editor-in-Chief of the Statistical Journal of the IAOS | View Recording
Sudhir Srivastava, PhD, Editor-in-Chief of Cancer Biomarkers | View Recording
Maurizio Battino, PhD
Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Berry Research and the Mediterranean Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism
Presentation: "The Dream of a Challenge" – To mentor young researchers and to give them a chance to express their capabilities from one side (i.e., cutting-edge scholars and publishers) as well as hard work, dreaming about organizing a successful event/journal/team/etc., and full dedication from the other side (i.e., young motivated researchers) are the keys for achieving impressive results.
Biography: Maurizio Battino is a full professor of Nutrition and Biochemistry at the Università Politecnica delle Marche in Ancona, Italy. He is the director of International Research Centers in Spain (Universidad de Vigo and Universidad Europea del Atlantico, Santander) and in China (Jiangsu University), and has authored about 400 papers on topics such as bioenergetics and nutritional biochemistry.
Pieter Everaers, PhD
Editor-in-Chief of the Statistical Journal of the IAOS
Presentation: "Science Publishing on Official Statistics: On the Intersection of Policy Making, Academic Research, and Production of Statistical Information" – The presentation shows how the data revolution, the widening access to all kinds of data, developments in the production methods for statistics, statistical literate societies, and the emphasis on evidence-based decision making impact official statistics and how science publishing in this domain should anticipate the changing environment.
Biography: Pieter Everaers retired in 2018 as director at DG Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Commission. His expertise covers a wide range of official statistics, statistical analysis, statistical capacity development, and governance in statistics. He joined the European Commission in May 2004, closing a 20-year career at Statistics Netherlands.
Frank van Harmelen, PhD
Presentation: “Machines as Scientific Colleagues” – All modern science is done in teams of varying sizes. However, until now, these teams are made up exclusively of humans. With the advent of Hybrid Intelligence, AI systems that collaborate with people, can we expect future science to be done by hybrid teams of people and machines?
Biography: Frank van Harmelen is a professor in Knowledge Representation & Reasoning in the Computer Science department (Faculty of Science) at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. He played a leading role in the development of the Semantic Web, aiming to make data on the web semantically interpretable by machines.
Tobias Kuhn, PhD
Co-Editor-in-Chief of the journal Data Science
Presentation: "Welcome to the New Era of Scientific Publishing" – We need to find better ways to publish scientific findings to make them interpretable by software. This presentation will show how we can let researchers formally represent and publish their own findings and will report on recent experiences in what could be the first steps in a new era of scientific publishing.
Biography; Tobias Kuhn is an assistant professor in the Computer Science Department at VU Amsterdam. He is interested in socio- technical systems, in particular the Web and the system of scientific communication and collaboration, and he investigates how software tools can help us to better organize human knowledge. In recent years, he has focused on the FAIR principles, and how the concept of nanopublications can be applied to improve scientific publication practices.
Barend Mons, PhD
Presentation: "From FAIR Principles to FAIR Digital Twins" – The FAIR principles have led to a wide range of implementations. Some of them could be considered "pseudo-FAIR." In fact, each choice should lead to "machine-actionable units" of information. This presentation highlights an example of containerized FAIR "digital objects."
Biography: Barend Mons is a molecular biologist by training and a leading FAIR data specialist. He spent the first decade of his career on fundamental research on malaria parasites and later on translational research for malaria vaccines. He is currently professor in biosemantics at the Leiden University Medical Center. He is well known for innovations in scholarly collaboration, especially nanopublications, knowledge graph-based discovery, and the FAIR data initiative and GO FAIR.
Hodan Mursal, MSc
Presentation: "Insights from the IOS Press Linked Data Portal LD Connect” – This presentation is about LD Connect and its linked datasets that include, for example, metadata of journal articles and book chapters, authors, affiliations, countries, volumes, issues, series, pre-press and publication dates, (e)ISSNs, DOIs, link to full text, accessibility, keywords, pages, and abstracts, etc. The benefits of LD Connect are explained, with a series of dynamic visuals created utilizing IOS Press article data, with demonstrations of the scientometric capabilities to provide insights into our journal data and how the publishing relationships have progressed over the company's 35 years. You can explore the data yourself via the presentation link below.
Biography: Hodan Mursal is a data analyst at IOS Press responsible for working on LD Connect and various other analytical tools and abstracting/indexing services.
Erik Schultes, PhD
Presentation: "The FAIR Wizard of Leiden" – A focus on the practical application of FAIR publishing and an introduction of this new initiative in the Leiden research community, which was triggered by recent work in which Erik and colleagues integrated nanopublication authoring and reuse into the tooling behind the Data Stewardship Wizard.
Biography: Erik Schultes is the international science coordinator at the GO FAIR International Support and Coordination Office in Leiden and an author of the original FAIR paper. He moved from the US to work at Leiden University Medical Center, where his research group developed an interest in issues related to data stewardship. This work eventually led to the opening of the GO FAIR office, which aims to implement the FAIR data principles, making data Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, and Reusable.
Sudhir Srivastava, PhD
Editor-in-Chief of Cancer Biomarkers
Presentation: "Editor-in-Chief Reflections" – The focus of this presentation is the journal Cancer Biomarkers and more broadly the area of biomarkers research. The journal's history,
current developments, and prospects are highlighted.
Biography: Sudhir Srivastava, PhD in Biological Science from Banaras Hindu University, MS in Computer Science from the Virginia Commonwealth University, MPH from the Johns Hopkins University, has been chief of the NIH Cancer Biomarkers Research Group since 2000. As a member of numerous scientific committees, Sudhir initiated and chaired national and international state-of-the-science workshops and conferences, and was principal architect of the first Gordon Research Conference on New Frontiers in Cancer Detection and Diagnosis. He is internationally recognized for his pioneering work on cancer biomarkers, early detection, AI/MLL, and public health.
An additional aspect of the celebratory event is this collection of presentations that have been pre-recorded by our editors, friends, and colleagues.
Focusing on key aspects of IOS Press' publishing activities, these contributions feature input about our most impactful journals, successful editorial practices, technical advancements, and our relationship with our communities. The recordings are now available on our YouTube channel and can be viewed via the links below.
Keep checking back as further contributions will be added here throughout this celebratory year!
Academic Publishing / R&D
Sudeshna Das, PhD, Assistant Professor of Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital | View Recording
Gerhard Joubert, PhD, Professor of Informatics at the Technical University Clausthal | View Recording
Perspectives from Editors-in-Chief
Bharat H. Desai, PhD, Professor at Jawaharlal Nehru University and Editor-in-Chief of Environmental Policy and Law | View Recording
Mark C. Glassy, PhD, Visting Scholar at the Moores Cancer Center, University of California San Diego and Editor-in-Chief of Human Antibodies | View Recording (coming soon)
Pascal Hitzler, PhD, Director of the Center for Artificial Intelligence and Data Science at Kansas State University and Co-Editor-in-Chief of Semantic Web | View Recording
Fidelia Ibekwe, PhD, Professor in Information and Communication Sciences at Aix-Marseille University and Editor-in-Chief of Education for Information | View Recording
Karen Jacobs, EdD, Associate Dean of Digital learning and Innovation at Boston University and Editor-in-Chief of WORK | View Recording
Reza Langari, PhD, Professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Intelligent & Fuzzy Systems | Watch Recording
George Perry, PhD, Professor in Neurobiology at the University of Texas at San Antonio and Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease | View Recording
Bernhard A. Sabel, PhD, Professor at Otto-von-Guericke-University of Magdeburg and Editor-in-Chief of the Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience | View Recording
From the IOS Press SDG Working Group:
Carmel McNamara, PhD, Marketing and Communications Manager
Gabriela Ricci, Associate Publisher & Research Integrity Officer
Axana Scherbeijn, Associate Publisher
Marten Stavenga, Consulting Publisher
Online Videos Information
Academic Publishing / R&D
Sudeshna Das, PhD
Presentation: "Alzheimer DataLENS: Omics Analytics Portal for Alzheimer's Disease Research" – This presentation describes this data-analytic-platform that aims to advance research in Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and related dementias. It makes omics data accessible to researchers by designing consistent pipelines to process and analyze public omics data and providing easy-to-use web interfaces for query and visualization of these analytics. Information from multiple heterogenous modalities is presented in an integrated view of molecular mechanisms to AD researchers.
Biography: Sudeshna Das is an assistant professor of neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) and Harvard Medical School. She directs the Data Core of the Massachusetts Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center and the MGH Biomedical Informatics Core. Her research focuses on applying statistical inference and machine learning to high-dimensional molecular-omics datasets and healthcare big-data to advance brain research in health and disease.
Gerhard Joubert, PhD
Presentation: "Scientific Publishing in a Fast Changing Environment" – This presentation considers the rapidly-changing environment of scientific publishing that needs a fundamental new orientation. It will cover the technological lifecycle and give details of various hype themes.
Biography: Gerhard Joubert has been a professor of informatics at the Technical University Clausthal in Germany since 1990. Previously, he was head of Advanced Information Technology, Philips, Eindhoven (1982–1990), professor and head of the Department of Computer Science, University of Natal, Durban (1973–1981), and professor of computer science, University of South Africa, Pretoria (1971–1973).
Perspectives from Editors-in-Chief
Bharat H. Desai, PhD
Editor-in-Chief of Environmental Policy and Law
Presentation: "EPL and the Future of Publishing" – Bharat Desai speaks with Marten Stavenga, publisher at IOS Press, about the past development of Environmental Policy and Law (EPL) and its future outlook. Global environmental challenges are highlighted, along with how publications like EPL, aimed at world-leading decision-makers, are changing and contributing to solving these global challenges.
Biography: Bharat H. Desai is professor of international law and holds the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru Chair in International Environmental Law at the Centre for International Legal Studies, School of International Studies, Jawaharlal Nehru University, New Delhi. As Editor-in-Chief of two global journals, Environmental Policy and Law (Amsterdam: IOS Press) and Yearbook of International Environmental Law (Oxford: Oxford Uni. Press), Prof. Desai is contributing to the cutting-edge scholarly discourse on the future of humankind.
Mark C. Glassy, PhD
Editor-in-Chief of Human Antibodies
Presentation: "IOS Press Makes Human Antibodies" – The biomedical journal, Human Antibodies, has been published by IOS Press for the past 26+ years. This presentation provides a brief history of the journal and insight about how the cover illustration was chosen.
Biography: Mark Glassy is a visiting scholar at the Moores Cancer Center, University of California San Diego (UCSD) and is the founder and science advisory board chair of Nascent Biotech, Inc. He was a research fellow at Scripps Research Institute before joining UCSD in 1980 and is one of the founding fathers of human antibody technology.
Pascal Hitzler, PhD
Co-Editor-in-Chief of Semantic Web
Presentation: "The Semantic Web Journal: Open and Transparent" – This is a recap of the 12-year history of the Semantic Web journal, from its inception to its current leading position in the field. In particular, the presentation covers how the journal pioneered transparency and openness of reviewing and in scientific publishing.
Biography: Pascal Hitzler is the Lloyd T. Smith Creativity in Engineering Chair and Director of the Center for Artificial Intelligence and Data Science at Kansas State University. He is the founding Editor-in-Chief of the Semantic Web journal and founding editor of the IOS Press book series Studies on the Semantic Web. He is co-author of the W3C Recommendation OWL 2 Primer and of the book Foundations of Semantic Web Technologies (CRC Press).
Fidelia Ibekwe, PhD
Editor-in-Chief of Education for Information
Presentation: "Editor-in-Chief Reflections" – This presentation is all about Education for Information: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Information Studies. It highlights the experience of reviving a flagging journal: strategies, achievements, and future prospects and challenges for scientific publishing.
Biography: Fidelia Ibekwe is professor of information and communication sciences at the School of Journalism and Communication at Aix-Marseille University. Prior to this, Fidelia was a lecturer at the University of Nancy, University of Lyon, University of Le Havre, and University Jean Moulin and was a visiting research scholar at Drexel University, Philadelphia. Her research portfolio covers information retrieval, text mining, information visualization, and theoretical research on epistemology of information science, critical race theory, and data colonialism.
Karen Jacobs, EdD
Editor-in-Chief of WORK
Presentation: "Editor-in-Chief Reflections" – This presentation has WORK: A Journal of Prevention, Assessment & Rehabilitation at its focus. It provides reflections on the journal since its launch in 1990 and suggestions for the future prospects and direction of this important publication.
Biography: Karen Jacobs is the associate dean of Digital Learning and Innovation, a clinical professor, and the program director of the online post-professional doctorate in occupational therapy program at Boston University, where she has worked for 38 years. Karen is an ergonomist and an occupational therapist and the past president and vice president of the American Occupational Therapy Association.
Reza Langari, PhD
Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Intelligent & Fuzzy Systems
Presentation: "Editor-in-Chief Reflections" – The focus of this presentation is the Journal of Intelligent & Fuzzy Systems. The history and evolution of this journal are presented, along with current developments and future prospects.
Biography: Reza Langari is a professor in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M University and JR Thompson Department Head Chair of Engineering Technology and Industrial Distribution. His expertise is in the area of computational intelligence and mechatronics with application to robotics and autonomous vehicles.
George Perry, PhD
Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease
Presentation: "The Journey of JAD" – This presentation highlights how JAD is "advancing pathways to discovery" in the field of Alzheimer's disease research. It highlights what makes the journal unique in this respect – from JAD’s editorial policies that help drive innovation to improve detection, prevention, and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, to being at the forefront of promoting and defining alternative and emerging theories, many of which have moved into mainstream avenues of research over time.
Biography: George Perry is a professor and the Semmes Distinguished University Chair in Neurobiology at the University of Texas at San Antonio with a research focus on the mechanism of formation and physiological consequences of the cytopathology of Alzheimer disease. His lab has shown that oxidative damage is the initial cytopathology in Alzheimer's disease.
Bernhard A. Sabel, PhD
Editor-in-Chief of Restorative Neurology and Neuroscience
Presentation: "Fake Publications from Paper Mills: A Global Threat to the Permanent Record" – Our trust in academic publishing is the foundation of global medicine and science. However, there is now an unprecedented industry-style, AI-supported production of fake scientific publications which has scaled-up, supporting a billion Euro industry of fake publishing. It is a concerning, systematic criminal attack on the permanent scientific record.
Biography: Bernhard Sabel is professor at the Otto-von-Guericke-University of Magdeburg, where he founded the Institute of Medical Psychology and a research laboratory for visual restoration. He established the Savir Vision Restoration Center in Magdeburg in 2014. Dr. Sabel’s research focus covers vision loss due to optical neuropathy, glaucoma, or stroke.
IOS Press SDG Working Group
Presentation: "IOS Press Looking to the Future: Sustainable Development Goals" – IOS Press is taking action towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and is a signatory of the UN SDG Publishers Compact. We are committed to developing and building on our own sustainable practices to support the SDGs, with targets and actions established through a dedicated working group
Biography: The IOS Press working group was established after signing the UN Publishers Compact to investigate steps to be taken and prioritize actions. It has an advisory role, reporting and making recommendations to the executive management team.
Since not everyone was able to join us in person at De Balie on March 31, we hosted a livestream for our friends across the globe to attend each session virtually. We now are pleased to invite you to watch the recording of the symposium – all the presentations will be uploaded to the IOS Press YouTube channel and you can watch by clicking the button below.
IOS Press Labs Blog Posts
We will be publishing articles covering the 35th anniversary celebration on the IOS Press Labs website. These will focus on the same theme of looking to the future of science publishing. The first post is a preview of one of the tech session topics from the symposium speaker Tobias Kuhn. All related Labs blog posts will be linked below, listed in the date order of posting on the Labs site. Check back for future updates or go directly to: labs.iospress.com
- March: The Future of Science Publishing – Focus on Nanopublications and Formalization Papers
- April: Celebrating 35 Years: A Moment for Reflection and Looking to the Future
- May: LD Connect: Sharing Publication Metadata for Scientific Advancement
- July: Alzheimer DataLENS: New Portal that Makes Data Available to Neuroscientists
- September: Welcome to the New Era of Scientific Publishing