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Amy Brand, Digital Science, Receives 2015 CSE Award for Meritorious Achievement


Industry veteran noted for her dedication to developing a future-facing scholarly communication ecosystem

Today, at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the Council of Science Editors (CSE), Dr.Amy Brand of Digital Science received the Award for Meritorious Achievement. This award is the highest given by the CSE, and is presented to a person or institution that embraces the purposes of the CSE - the improvement of scientific communication through the pursuit of high standards in all activities connected with editing.

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With nearly 25 years' experience, Brand currently holds the position of VP Academic & Research Relations at technology company Digital Science, where she is responsible for overseeing the North American operations. With broad experience in scholarly communication and academic publishing, university administration, entrepreneurial innovation and management of complex initiatives, Brand also acts as the company's domain expert on North American universities and their research, administrative and policy requirements.

"Amy Brand has been at the forefront of developing digital solutions linking the research community to the publishing community," said Ken Heideman, awards chairman, Council of Science Editors. "She was a key person in the implementation of CrossRef, a service now widely regarded as indispensable. She was also on the founding board of ORCID, another initiative that will soon be recognized as critically important in STM publishing. In a nutshell, Amy's work and career exemplify the mission of CSE and she is very deserving of its highest honor."

"We are so proud Amy has won this prestigious award recognizing her significant contributions to academic research," said Timo Hannay, Managing Director, Digital Science. "She has had a long and varied career immersed in scientific and scholarly communications, and brings true insight into the perspectives of all stakeholders in academic research. At Digital Science, she is helping apply that knowledge to continue to provide tools that offer support at every stage of the research cycle."

Previous winners of this award, since it was established in 1969, have included ORCID, John Sack, CrossRef, and Drummond Rennie, among many others. Dr. Brand's career includes a distinctive combination of leadership experiences in book and journal publishing, new technologies, university administration and community-wide initiatives to shape the future of scholarly communication. Her most recent collaborative undertaking, Project CRediT, endeavors to improve the attribution system for co-authored published research so that credit is more fairly allocated.

Prior to Digital Science, Brand held the position of Assistant Provost for Faculty Appointments and Information at Harvard University. She also has held positions at CrossRef; Ingenta, Inc.; and the MIT Press. Brand holds a doctorate in Cognitive Science from Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and a Bachelor of Art in Linguistics from the Barnard College of Columbia University.

About CSE

The Council of Science Editors convened in 1957 as the Conference of Biology Editors (CBE) and incorporated as the Council of Biology Editors in 1965. In acknowledgement of its service and dedication to the responsible and effective communication across the scientific publishing spectrum, the Council of Science Editors adopted its current name in 2001. CSE today delivers education, training and professional development; sets best practices and maintains authoritative resources for an international membership of editorial professionals and for the broader scientific and scholarly publishing communities.

About Digital Science

Digital Science is a technology company serving the needs of scientific and research communities, at the laboratory bench or in a research setting. It invests in and incubates scientific software companies that simplify the research cycle, making more time for discovery. Its portfolio companies include a host of leading and admired brands including Altmetric, BioRaft, Figshare, Labguru, Overleaf, ReadCube, Symplectic and ÜberResearch. It is operated by global media company, the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group. Visit and follow @digitalsci on Twitter.

SOURCE Digital Science