The European Association of Science Editors (EASE) is an international community of individuals and associations from diverse backgrounds, linguistic traditions and professional experiences in science communication and editing.

EASE Council nominee

Nominated for President

Mr Duncan Nicholas

Director
DN Journals
duncan@dnjournals.co.uk

I am very excited to be standing for the role of EASE President in the 2021-2023 Council elections.

The EASE community has been a hugely supportive, trusted and reliable network through my career, and as I have become more involved with the Association over the years, I have aspired to return the favour EASE has shown me; amplifying the activities, abilities and services of EASE members, working to develop new tools, resources, events and ideas to enhance our profession, and expand the reach and impact of the Association.

Since June I have been serving as Interim-President, and in this time we have launched several new operational and member-focussed initiatives that I would continue to develop and refine in an official term as President. Among these are our Virtual Conferences, web-meetings and skills-based training sessions to support our members, provide spaces to exchange expertise, opinions, and to keep in touch, in place of physical events.

I also look forward to establishing a Publications Committee to oversee development of our resources, ESE journal and EASE Digest, working to enhance these member benefits and engage with editorial research and activities around the world.  I also aim to revise our entire offering of materials, making them more effective as reference guides and toolkits for everyone from new to experienced members of our profession and the wider editorial community. With the Council, and members of the Association, we have already set the wheels of several new initiatives in motion, and I am excited to see them come fruition in the coming years.

I believe EASE is a unique organisation that provides a hugely valuable service to the editorial world, and my aim is to ensure it is an increasingly effective and visible name within the publishing community – particularly as we approach its 40th anniversary next year!


Career summary

Duncan began his career in academic publishing with Taylor & Francis, where he set up the Journal Development team, to support individual titles, or identify and implement business-wide innovations across the company. He worked with T&F until November 2015 when he set up DN Journal Publishing Services.  As well as his roles on EASE Council, Duncan is trainer for ALPSP, delivering their Advanced Journal Development course, and is an active member of the Peer Review Week organising committee. In 2017 and 2018 he chaired the Conference Organising Committee for the International Society for Managing and Technical Editors (ISMTE).

With DN Journals, Duncan provides independent editorial consultancy and training courses to societies, publishers, researchers and the wider scholarly community around the world.  Duncan’s editorial development work can take the form of ongoing, or longer term work with regular clients, of which he has several ongoing relationships, or one-off projects to address specific issues or goals.  His workshops include topics such as editorial office management, journal publishing skills, peer review, journal metrics, open science, social media & promotion, publishing & research ethics, and copyright & licensing. He also developed the publicly available Publons Academy and IFIS Expert Guide to Journal Publishing.