SOBA: Innovations in Academic Publishing and Peer Review

Come discuss the challenges that academic publishing faces online.

Event Details


swissnex San Francisco
730 Montgomery St., San Francisco, 94111 United States


September 28, 2012 from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm America/Los Angeles (UTC-07:00)

Science Online Bay Area is all about how science is carried out and communicated online, so this month’s topic is special. We’ll be discussing Innovations in Academic Publishing and Peer Review, and we’ve assembled a panel of leading experts on the topic. Though the Internet was invented to enable researchers to share resources, it has since transformed almost every industry except research. Scientists still share results between each other mostly the same way they did 100 years ago, only it’s now PDFs instead of printed paper, so we are delighted to host a discussion with the people who are doing the most interesting things to speed up research, to make it collaborative, and to make it more open. During the discussion portion of the evening, we’ll probe the challenges and opportunities of new models for academic publishing.

Presentations are followed by a panel discussion, audience Q&A, and follow-up conversation at a nearby bar (to be announced at the event). Bring your questions!

*Presentations and discussion will be livestreamed. Follow the event on Twitter (@sciobayarea and #sobay), like SOBA on Facebook, and visit the ScienceOnline Bay Area blog for event recaps, news, and more.


Pete Binfield

Pete Binfield has worked in the academic publishing world for almost 20 years. As the Publisher of the Public Library of Science (PLOS), he developed it into the largest and most innovative journal in the world. A respected authority in the academic publishing and Open Access worlds, Pete is passionate about academic publishing and believes that publishing needs to be in service to the academic community to best facilitate the rapid and broad dissemination of research findings. Pete is currently co-founder of PeerJ, a new Open Access publisher which is driving down the cost of publication through a novel publication platform designed for the Internet.

Kristen Fisher Ratan

Kristen Fisher Ratan is Chief Officer of Publications and Product at the Public Library of Science (PLOS). She joined PLOS in the summer of 2011 in order to focus her efforts on the use of technology to transform scholarly communication. Kristen has a 20-year history in the information industry leading strategic innovations at HighWire, Atypon, and BIOSIS.

Sarah Greene

Sarah Greene is Executive Director of Cancer Commons, a nonprofit whose mission is to advance and report the latest precision therapies to patients through Rapid Learning Communities involving researchers, clinicians, and patients. Most recently she was editor-in-chief of The Scientist magazine and its parent, Faculty of 1000, a post-publication peer review service in London.
She is a publishing and new media entrepreneur with three startups acquired by Wiley (Current Protocols), Elsevier (HMS Beagle web magazine and BioMedNet), and Thomson Reuters (Praxis.MD; Best Practice of Medicine). She was a co-founder of the Society for Participatory Medicine and launched the Journal of Participatory Medicine as managing editor. Greene also developed websites with original content and formats for the New York Academy of Sciences and the The New York Times-Health and was chief content officer at Keas, Inc. Follow her on Twitter.

Dan Whaley

Dan Whaley is the founder of, a non-profit, open-source platform for the collaborative annotation and peer review of information. His prime motivation is to see the amazing things humanity is capable of at its best. In 1994 Dan launched the online travel industry, as the coder and entrepreneur who founded Internet Travel Network (ITN, later renamed GetThere).
The first airline reservation made over the web was booked via a server in his living room in 1995. GetThere pioneered a number of the key technical and business concepts in widespread use on the Internet today. It went public in 1999 (NASDAQ: GTHR) and was purchased in 2000 by Sabre, Inc. (NYSE: TSG). GetThere still handles over 60% of the B2B market for online travel services and is one of the largest transaction processing systems in the world. He has a degree in Rhetoric from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is a licensed private pilot, a ham radio operator, and an avid inline skater.



Photo: Myleen Hollero

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