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Morressier and senior leaders from academic publishing form Strategic Advisory Board to stimulate positive change in scholarly communications industry

Senior executives from across academic publishing join inaugural session of Morressier Strategic Advisory Board, with plan to meet in person in February 2024

Business Announcement


Berlin, Germany, and Washington, D.C., December 6, 2023 – Morressier, the company transforming scholarly communications, today announced the formation of a new Strategic Advisory Board composed of the most senior leaders from across the scholarly communications community. The Board, which is facilitated and supported by Morressier, will act as a lively, critical, and direct forum, stimulating innovation and collaboration across the industry on crucial issues such as research integrity and publishing workflows.

The inaugural meeting of the Strategic Advisory Board took place on November 21, creating an agenda for the first in-person meeting, to take place in February in New York City. The board members are:

  • Othman Altalib, Morressier
  • Sami Benchekroun, Morressier
  • Angela Cochran, American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)
  • Dana Compton, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  • Alison Denby, Oxford University Press (OUP)
  • Steven Heffner, Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
  • Miriam Maus, Institute of Physics Publishing (IOPP)
  • Bill Moran, American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
  • Niamh O'Connor, PLOS
  • Sean Pidgeon, Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
  • Claire Rawlinson, BMJ
  • David Smith, The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET)
  • Simone Taylor, American Psychiatric Association (APA)
  • Terri Teleen, Emerald Publishing

The board is currently chaired and facilitated by Alice Meadows of the MoreBrains Cooperative. Action areas the board will look at include:

  • New technologies and standards to detect and prevent research misconduct
  • AI and misinformation
  • Rethinking fundamental publishing workflows
  • Collaboration and knowledge sharing among stakeholders in the scientific communications community

“We are so excited to have brought together this incredible group of leaders, whose expertise and insights is needed by the industry on its path to developing new business models, infrastructures and standards in order to accelerate scientific breakthroughs,” said Sami Benchekroun, CEO and co-founder of Morressier. “My hope is that this forum can act as a mouthpiece for this industry, which recognizes the need to undergo radical change in the face of the integrity crisis and rapid advances in technology.”


About Morressier

Morressier provides societies and publishers with workflows for transforming scholarly communications. Driven by a mission to accelerate scientific breakthroughs, it is headquartered in Berlin and has offices in London and Washington DC.

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