Dr Irene Hames
After gaining a PhD in Cell Biology, Irene moved into scientific publishing and spent over 30 years working on scholarly journals and books, including 20 years as the managing editor of a large, international science journal. She now works as an independent consultant to the publishing, higher education and research sectors, specialising in peer review, research integrity and publication ethics. She is the author of the book Peer Review and Manuscript Management in Scientific Journals, and in 2011 was the specialist advisor to the UK Parliament House of Commons Science and Technology Committee for its inquiry into peer review and the resulting report, Peer Review in Scientific Publications. Irene was a Council Member, Director and Trustee of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) 2010-13 and currently holds advisory roles with Sense About Science, the International Society of Managing and Technical Editors (of which she was a founding Board member) and Axios Review. In 2011 she was made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Biology, and now sits on the Society’s Research Dissemination Committee. She is also on the Editorial Board of Learned Publishing.