The right data policy for your journal: A panel discussion

Group discussion that hits on data sharing trends – ways data is shared, motivations to share, and why researchers may be hesitant to share.


Speaker Bios:

Photo - Kathryn SharplesKathryn Sharples – Kathryn is Publishing Development Director at Wiley where she is responsible for developing and delivering subject growth strategies for the journals business. Based in Wiley’s Oxford office in the UK, Kathryn has been with the company for 17 years in a variety of capacities. Before moving into the Publishing Development team in 2015 she led Wiley’s global book and journal portfolio in statistics and mathematics. She has previously worked as Commissioning Editor for Engineering books.










Photo - Peter DigglePeter Diggle is Distinguished University Professor of Statistics in the Faculty of Health and Medicine, Lancaster University. He also holds Adjunct positions at Johns Hopkins, Yale, and Columbia Universities and was president of the Royal Statistical Society between July 2014 and December 2016. Peter began his academic career at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1974, moved to Australia in 1984 as a research scientist with the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation and returned to the UK in 1988 to take up his current post in Lancaster. His research involves the development of statistical methods for spatial and longitudinal data analysis, and their application to substantive research in the biomedical and health sciences.








Photo - Chris GeorgeChris George is Professor of Molecular Cardiology at Swansea University. His research uses molecular and cellular tools combined with systems-level approaches to untangle “cause-or-consequence” scenarios in normal and disease-linked heart cell behaviour. Current research programmes are focused on understanding the variability of drug response in networks of human heart cells and also in developing new methods for predicting drug efficacy and hazard in the context of inherited and acquired heart disease. He is a Senior Editor of the British Journal of Pharmacology where he helps oversee and develop the cardiovascular portfolio. He has a keen interest in harnessing new modalities for data sharing and also in improving the rigour and transparency of data reporting in scientific publishing. Chris is also a panel member of the National Centre for the Replacement Refinement & Reduction of Animals in Research (NC3R) which has a remit to improve all aspects of experimental design and analysis in scientific research.







Photo - Catherine HillCatherine Hill has held a variety of roles, both for commercial publishers and not-for-profit organisations. She began her career working in business development for a food research company before taking on the role of managing and expanding their book publishing programme. She then moved to Australia where she worked in journal production for Taylor & Francis before returning to the UK and joining the British Ecological Society. The team there publish five leading subscription journals in ecology, a long-established book list, and also partner with Wiley and a number of other learned societies on the open access journal Ecology and Evolution. As with many learned societies, the publishing programme at the BES is vital to its reputation as a communicator of excellent science and also to ensure its long-term financial sustainability.