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2014 SSP 36th Annual Meeting

Concurrent 5C: Understanding Contributor Roles in Scholarly Publications

Concurrent 5C: Understanding Contributor Roles in Scholarly Publications

More and more frequently, research and scholarly publications involve collaboration, and coauthorship in most scholarly fields is rapidly increasing in frequency and complexity. Yet coauthorship patterns vary across discipline; the interpretation of author ordering is fraught with ambiguity; and richer textual descriptions of authorship are uncommon, and difficult to interpret, aggregate, and evaluate at scale. There is a growing interest across stakeholders in scholarship in increasing the transparency of research contributions and in identifying the specific roles that contributors play in creating scholarly works. Understanding and accomodating emerging forms of coauthorship is critical for managing intellectual property, publication ethics, and effective evaluation.
Moderator: Micah Altman, MIT


Veronique Kiermer, Nature Publishing Group
VEronique Kiermer is Director of Author and Reviewer Services for Nature Publishing Group and Palgrave Macmillan. As Executive Editor, NPG, she oversees the editorial policy agenda of the Nature titles. She obtained her PhD in molecular biology from the UniversitE Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium. Her postdoctoral work was in the laboratory of Dr Eric Verdin at the Gladstone Institute of Virology and Immunology, University of California, San Francisco, studying the transcriptional regulation of HIV. She then worked on gene therapy projects at the biotechnology company Cell Genesys before moving to NPG in 2004. At NPG, she was the founding Chief Editor of Nature Methods and subsequently took on publishing responsibility for the title and other online products. In 2010, she became Executive Editor, overseeing editorial policies and editorial quality assurance for Nature and the Nature journals. In 2014, she took on the newly created role of Director of Author and Reviewer Services with a responsibility for the policies and processes that matter for authors and reviewers across the publishing portfolios of NPG and Palgrave Macmillan.
Josh Greenberg, Sloan Foundation
Joshua M. Greenberg is director of the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation’s Digital Information Technology program. Dr. Greenberg received his Bachelor of Arts in History of Science, Medicine and Technology from the Johns Hopkins University, and both Masters and Doctoral degrees from Cornell University’s Department of Science & Technology Studies. After completing his graduate work, Dr. Greenberg worked as Associate Director for Research Projects at George Mason Universitys Center for History and New Media, as well as Research Assistant Professor in the Universitys Department of History and Art History. At CHNM, he co-founded the Zotero project, developed and promoted ways of using the Internet to further historical research, and helped build several systems that eventually evolved into the content management platform Omeka. Immediately prior to joining the Foundation, Dr. Greenberg was the New York Public Library’s first Director of Digital Strategy and Scholarship, where he developed and led a digital strategy centered on building online visitors and deepening engagement through access to collections both on Library websites and third-party platforms and increased exposure to staff expertise via blogs and other social media.
Micah Altman, MIT Libraries
Dr Micah Altman is Director of Research and Head/Scientist, Program on Information Science for the MIT Libraries, at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Altman is also a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institution. Prior to arriving at MIT, Dr. Altman served at Harvard University for fifteen years as the Associate Director of the Harvard-MIT Data Center, Archival Director of the Henry A. Murray Archive, and Senior Research Scientist in the Institute for Quantitative Social Sciences. Dr. Altman conducts research in social science, information science and research methods — focusing on the intersections of information, technology, privacy, and politics; and on the dissemination, preservation, reliability and governance of scientific knowledge.
Amy Brand, Digital Science
Amy Brand joined Digital Science in 2014 as VP Academic and Research Relations and VP North America to manage our US office and develop commercial, policy, and research relationships with North American research institutions. From 2008 to 2013, Brand worked at Harvard University, first as Program Manager of the Office for Scholarly Communication and then as Assistant Provost for Faculty Appointments and Information. Before moving to Harvard, she held long-term positions as an Executive Editor at the MIT Press and as Director of Business and Product Development at CrossRef. Brand was a founding member of the ORCID Board of Directors and regularly serves in advisory roles for key community initiatives in digital scholarship. She holds a B.A. in linguistics from Barnard College and a PhD in cognitive science from MIT.