Preprint Advisory Group

The PeerJ Preprints advisors are composed of individuals nominated by the community. When putting this group together, we consciously tried to make it as diverse and inclusive as possible. Within the group we have members at all levels of ‘seniority’; we have early career researchers and we have people at the very top of their field; we have representatives from the library and information world; we have people who work on important external projects in which we have an interest; we have people who have pre-printed frequently (and some who have never preprinted yet!); people who have experience or involvement with other preprint servers; people from a wide range of geographies; people covering all of our main subject areas; we have a good gender mix; and we made sure to include people who already had a relationship with PeerJ, as well as those who did not previously.

Going forward, we expect that this Advisory Group will help PeerJ gauge the ‘pulse’ of the community, and to provide advice on matters of policy or other important issues. Each of these talented individuals brings something unique to this advisory group, and we are pleased and honored to have them advising us.

Grady Booch

Grady is recognized for his innovative work in software engineering. Grady is an IBM Fellow and has also been given the honor of Fellow for the Association for Computing Machinery and the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. He has been awarded the Lovelace Medal and has given the Turing Lecture on behalf of the British Computer Society. Author of six best-selling books, Grady has published hundreds of technical articles and has lectured extensively around the world.

Stephen Curry

Structural Biologist interested in replication mechanisms of RNA viruses.

Alistair D.M. Dove

Broadly trained marine biologist working at the intersection of academic science and informal science education (public aquariums)

Uta Francke

Uta Francke is Professor of Genetics and Pediatrics, Emeritus, Stanford University School of Medicine. Past President, American Society of Human Genetics; Past President, International Federation of Human Genetics Societies; March of Dimes/Colonel Harland Sanders Lifetime Achievement Award in Genetics. Recipient of the William Allan Award of the American Society of Human Genetics. Senior Medical Director, 23andMe, Inc.

Patricia A. Gowaty

Distinguished Prof. of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and Inst. of the Environment and Sustainability, UCLA; Research Assoc, Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute. Fellow of the AAAS, the Animal Behavior Society, the American Ornithologists' Union, the Soc.of Biology. Previous President of the Animal Behavior Society & Vice-President of the American Ornithologists’ Union. Awards include 3 NIH career awards, the Quest Award from the Animal Behavior Society & the Lamar Dodd Award.

Heather Joseph

Executive Director of SPARC, a global advocacy organization working to establish an open environment for research and education.

Danny A Kingsley

Dr Danny Kingsley completed her PhD investigating why researchers were not making their work available open access in 2008. She worked as the Manager of Scholarly Communication and ePublishing at the Australian National University for four years before starting the Australian Open Access Support (now Strategy) Group. Her primary area of work involves opening access to research outputs - publications and data - incorporating aspects of advocacy, professional development, research and communication. This requires developing relationships with all levels of the scholarly communication landscape, from the individual researcher, to editors and publishers of journals and monographs, funding bodies, research institutions and government. As a scholar in the area of Scholarly Communication she is interested in the changing technologies, policies and attitudes in this space.

Erin C. McKiernan

I am a researcher in experimental and computational neuroscience, and an advocate for open access, open data, and open science.

Ross Mounce

I was a postdoc in Sam Brockington's lab at the Department of Plant Sciences, University of Cambridge. My research was on ex-situ conservation of threatened plant species around the world. More generally my skills and knowledge-base are in open access, phylogenetics, bioinformatics, systematics, and conservation biology.

In 2016 I became a Software Sustainability Institute fellow and a Data Carpentry instructor. Prior to this I was a Panton Fellow for Open Data in Science. I used to sit on council for the Systematics Association (2012-2017) and I'm a founding editor of Research Ideas and Outcomes (RIO)

Brian Nosek

Brian is a Professor at the University of Virginia and Executive Director of the Center for Open Science.

Victor S Pylro

Dr. Victor S. Pylro is a microbial ecologist holding experience on molecular microbial ecology. He is one of the initiators of the Brazilian Microbiome Project (BMP -, a Brazilian Microbial Genomics Consortium and Database. At present, many microbial metagenomic projects underway in Brazil are widely known, and the main goal is to co-ordinate and standardize these, together with future projects. Dr. Victor Pylro is working closely to several Brazilian and International researchers and companie's technicians, in order to standardize methods and protocols to be adopted by the BMP. Also, he is the coordinator of the Committee of Knowledge Transfer of the National Institute of Science and Technology: Microbiome (recently proposed), concerned in the formation of human resources and the transfer of knowledge to society, by developing activities aimed at overcoming educational challenges in Brazil.

Jeffrey Ross-Ibarra

Department of Evolution and Ecology, Center for Population Biology, and Genome Center, University of California Davis.

Eric J. Topol

Professor of Genomics, The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA. Director of the Scripps Translational Science Institute. Elected, Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Science, 2004. Voted Most Influential Physician Executive in the US in 2012, Modern Healthcare. Thomson Reuters ISI "Doctor of the Decade" for top 10 in medicine citations. University of Michigan endowed Topol Professor of Cardiovascular Medicine, 2011.

Dr. Topol's principal scientific focus has been on the genomic and digital tools to individualize medicine—and the power that brings to individuals to drive the future of medicine.

In 2016, Topol was awarded a $207M grant from the NIH to lead a significant part of the Precision Medicine Initiative, a one million American prospective research program. Prior to coming to lead STSI in 2007, where he is the principal investigator of a flagship $33M NIH grant, he led the Cleveland Clinic to become the #1 center for heart care and was the founder of a new medical school there. Besides editing several textbooks, he has published two bestseller books on the future of medicine: The Creative Destruction of Medicine and The Patient Will See You Now.

Dagmar Waltemath

Dagmar Waltemath received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Rostock, Germany in 2011. Her research interest is in strategies for the management,
provenance and integration of model-related data in systems biology and systems medicine. Since 2012, Dr. Waltemath is a junior research group leader in the Dept. of Systems Biology and Bioinformatics at the University of Rostock. Her group focuses on
developing methods to reproducibly simulate computational biology models including storing, annotating, searching and retrieving models and model-related data. Dr. Waltemath is also a COMBINE Coordinator and an SBML Editor.

Siouxsie Wiles

Dr Siouxsie Wiles MNZM studied medical microbiology at the University of Edinburgh, followed by a PhD in microbiology at the Centre for Ecology and Hydrology in Oxford and Edinburgh Napier University. She is currently an associate professor at the University of Auckland. There she heads up the Bioluminescent Superbugs Lab where she and her team make nasty bacteria glow in the dark to find new antibiotics and to better understand how bacteria become more infectious. Siouxsie has won numerous awards for both her science and her science communication. In 2017 she published her first book, ‘Antibiotic resistance: the end of modern medicine?’ and in 2019 was appointed a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to microbiology and science communication. When the pandemic arrived, Siouxsie joined forces with Spinoff cartoonist Toby Morris to make the science of COVID-19 clear and understandable. Their award-winning graphics have been translated into multiple languages and adapted by various governments and organisations around the world. Siouxsie was the Supreme Winner of the Stuff Westpac 2020 Women of Influence Award, named by the BBC as one of their 100 influential women of 2020, and in 2021 was named Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year.

Greg Wilson

Greg Wilson trained as an engineer, then went on to do a PhD in parallel computing at the University of Edinburgh. He co-founded Software Carpentry in 1998, has been in two start-ups, was a faculty member in Computer Science at the University of Toronto, edited several books on software engineering, and now works at RStudio.