PL.4. Innovations in publishing: beyond the journal

Sunday 10 June 12:00 – 13:00
Plenary lecture 4:
Main auditorium, Ground floor

Innovations in publishing: beyond the journal
Mark Patterson, Executive Director, eLife Sciences, UK
Chair: Jocalyn Clark, The Lancet, UK

There is a wide and expanding range of options for scientists to share their ideas, opinions and findings. But in most people’s eyes journal articles continue to reign supreme when it comes to the evaluation of research and researchers. This talk will explore the increasing opportunities for communication throughout the research life cycle. Some of the forces that might be challenging the primacy of the journal article will also be discussed and how these changes could lead to a more transparent and collaborative culture in science.

About Mark Patterson

Photo: Peter Searle

Mark Patterson is the Executive Director of eLife – an open-access publishing initiative launched by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, the Max Planck Society and the Wellcome Trust. Mark is also involved in various community initiatives in the area of open science including the Initiative for Open Citations ( and DORA ( and was a founding member of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association. Previously, Mark was the Director of Publishing at PLOS where he helped to launch several of the PLOS Journals including PLOS Biology and PLOS ONE.  Mark began his career as a researcher in yeast and human genetics before moving into scientific publishing in 1994 first as the Editor of Trends in Genetics and later as one of the launch editors for NPG’s Nature Reviews Journals.