Iva Grabaric Andonovski

Standing for election as second Vice President

Food Technology and Biotechnology journal
University of Zagreb Faculty of Food Technology and Biotechnology

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As the Chair of EASE Croatian Regional Chapter, EASE Council member and the Chair of EASE Environment and Sustainability Committee I met many editors and professionals working in the field of scholarly communication with whom I am exchanging experiences and ideas, and work on the promotion of transparency, quality and sustainability of scientific publishing, for which I am very grateful.

I am proud to lead the Croatian Regional Chapter, which has a strong basis of editors of high quality open access journals. As a long-time editor of a diamond open access journal and the Secretary and Board member of Croatian Association for Scholarly Communication (CROASC or ZNAK), I am actively working on the promotion of open, transparent, high quality and publicly funded scientific publishing. The Chapter and CROASC (ZNAK) have organized numerous workshops, webinars, panel discussions and co-organized several PUBMET conferences on scholarly communication in the context of open science. I am acting as a liaison between the Croatian science editors and various institutions and companies, such as the Ministry of Science and Education, Croatian DOI office, SRCE University Computing Centre, DOAJ, JISC, Clarivate and Elsevier, providing support for the editors in applying for government funding, indexing and inclusion in databases. The biggest achievements were made in the change of government financing policy, collection and inclusion of data of 145 Croatian journals in Sherpa Romeo, collaboration with Clarivate and Elsevier to enable API content acquiring from HRČAK Portal of Croatian Scientific and Professional Journals for WoS CC and Scopus indexing, and the collaboration with HESI on the promotion of UN SDG Publishers Compact initiative. I am also very proud that the Croatian Chapter was one of the first to be included in the organization of EASE editorial school, together with Turkish, Romanian and Ukrainian Chapters. The collaboration with other EASE chapters has provided an additional insight on journal editorial policies and practices, and strengthened the links between chapter members.

I would like to promote these values even further, so I am thankful to be nominated as the EASE second Vice President. Besides helping the new EASE President and first Vice President, I hope to achieve a stronger collaboration with other chapters as well, and to help newly established chapters to organize their activities. As the Chair of Environment and Sustainability Committee, I would like to stimulate more journals/publisher to join the UN SDG Publishers Compact initiative and help them reach targeted SDGs. Last, but not least, I will continue to promote open access and support Croatian journal editors in their endeavors, since I am well aware of the lack of formal training and support at national level, especially for young editors.

Career summary

I joined the Food Technology and Biotechnology editorial team in 2003, first as the Editorial Assistant, then from 2010 as the Assistant Editor and finally I became the Editor in 2013. Throughout the years I have learned all the aspects of the editorial work, from processing submissions, handling peer review, plagiarism checking to editing, proofreading, managing metadata, applying for grants, handling finances, etc. During the years I have tried to improve my editor skills as much as possible by finishing postgraduate study in food management and attending many courses, workshops (on writing skills, presentation of research results, introduction to innovation, intellectual property, entrepreneurship, internet security, data protection, web design, metadata management, etc.) and conferences.

I have also held lectures, organized and moderated several workshops, webinars and panel discussions, wrote several papers and conference reports, co-authored a chapter on scientific journal financing in the book about Croatian scientific journals, co-edited several PUBMET book of abstracts and a conference special issue. I am an EASE member since 2014, Chair of EASE Croatian Regional Chapter from 2020, EASE Council member from 2021, and the Chair of EASE Environment and Sustainability Committee from June 2022. I am also the Secretary and Board member of Croatian Association for Scholarly Communication (CROASC) since 2019, Organizing committee member of PUBMET conferences since 2016, HRČAK Portal of Croatian Scientific and Professional Journals Advisory Board member since 2021. I am also a member of the Croatian Society of Biotechnology.

Please read my CV here

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