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Member webinar – Quality of research content in journals

Tuesday, 18 January 2022, 12pm (UK time)
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Professor Padmanabhan Balaram
Former-Director, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India

When setting goals and creating action plans to develop our journals, a very common item included in our wishlists is to commission and publish more “high quality research”. But what exactly is high quality research, and how can editors encourage such submissions to their journals?

For our first EASE Member webinar of 2022, Professor Padmanabhan Balaram, Director of the Indian Institute of Science, and currently Editor of the journal Current Science, offers insights and advice from his extensive experience as a researcher and senior editor on several prestigious editorial boards, into the various characteristics of quality research, and what it means for journal development.

This session will be of value to all editorial board and office teams working to improve the content of their titles, considering ideas such as what to look for when assessing articles for inclusion in a journal; how to attract quality submissions; useful tools and techniques for editors, and the effects of featuring more quality research in our journals.

About the speaker

Professor Padmanabhan Balaram
Former-Director, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India

Prof. Balaram specialises in the field of Bioorganic Chemistry and Molecular Biophysics. He obtained his PhD in chemistry from Carnegie-Mellon University, USA in 1972. He worked as a Research Associate at Harvard University Department of Chemistry with Professor RB Woodward until 1973.  He joined the Indian Institute of Science (IISc), Bangalore as a Lecturer and became Assistant Professor in 1977, Associate Professor (1982) and finally a Professor in 1986. He is Fellow of Indian Academy of Sciences and the Academy of Sciences for the Developing World, and was, until his recent retirement, Director of IISc,

He has published over 240 papers in peer-reviewed journals, making significant contributions to the study of transmembrane peptide channels, conformational models for peptide folding and biophysical and chemical studies on membranes and model systems.

Prof. Balaram has delivered lectures extensively at different Universities and Institutes around India, making significant contributions in the area of popularisation of science and scientific policy.

He was Associate Editor of Indian Journal of Chemical Education (1977-82) and former Editor of Current Science. He was on the Editorial Board of several national and international journals such as International Journal of Peptide and Protein Research; Indian Journal of Chemistry, Section B; Indian Journal of Biochemistry and Biophysics; Proceedings of Indian National Science Academy, Section B, among others.

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