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Kristen Overstreet earned her bachelor's degree in English and Journalism from Metropolitan State University of Denver. She began working as an editorial assistant in 1998 and became a Managing Editor in 2006. In 2007, Ms. Overstreet joined the Board of Directors for the International Society of Managing and Technical Editors and served as editor for the Society's newsletter, EON, publishing its first issue in January 2008.  She currently serves as the Society’s president-elect.  Ms. Overstreet is a Senior Partner of Origin Editorial, LLC, an editorial consultation and peer-review management company.

Gill Smith founded Editorial Office Ltd ( a UK based company offering peer review management services to societies and publishers ) with Alice Ellingham in 2002.  Gill currently manages Editorial Office's journal list working with a range of clients using several different online submission systems. She also specialises in managing  temporary journal cover, often requiring us to step in to a journal at short notice with limited editorial guidelines. 

Cate Livingstone has seventeen years’ experience in STM publishing, focused on life science journals, and during this time has worked for both scientific publishers and a scientific society. Cate has been in her present role as Managing Editor at Wiley since 2005 and is involved in the strategic development of journals in the life science portfolio. Cate has a research background in molecular/cellular biology, with a PhD in cell biology/cytology.


Katharina Kreissig has been working in scientific peer review at Springer Science+Business Media for over 10 years, during which she has supported the workflows of hundreds of publications. As the global Director of Springer’s Journals Editorial Office since 2009, she is responsible for 1500 scholarly journals using an online peer review system and more than 400,000 submissions per year. The Journals Editorial Office configures new peer review system sites and manages the daily administration of manuscripts in the peer review process which includes  the transfer of accepted manuscripts to production. The optimization of this handover to the production editors and systems is a key aspect of Katharina’s work. Her aim is to balance the requirements of peer review and production, and to harmonize staff collaboration. Her large international team services and supports a wide range of academic fields, e.g. medicine and biomedicine, the life sciences, chemistry, physics, engineering, mathematics, business and management, economics and the human sciences. Katharina holds a Master’s degree in Biology from the University of Kiel and is a member of the German Society of Polar Research (DGP), still periodically teaching marine biology on expedition cruises to the Antarctic peninsula.