Jan Kuras joins Chemistry Central


Greetings!  I join Chemistry Central as the new Associate Publisher.

After a brief sojourn away from science publishing – and a couple of exciting vacations – I am back on familiar territory. 

I garnered an interest in how chemists can efficiently communicate their research findings when I was studying chemistry, and then specializing in analytical chemistry.  My first meaningful employment was at Thomson Scientific (in what was then Derwent). I worked on pharmaceutical information products, and was involved in the development of the company’s first structure searchable and web-based databases.

This stimulated an interest in the application of Web technologies to search and display scientific data.  I joined BioMedNet and then ChemWeb at Elsevier.  My roles encompassed product development, publisher relations and community site development, and I was fortunate to collaborate with some prestigious publishers and database vendors.  We were motivated by producing intuitive website functionality and easily accessible information.  Our highest usage was always for free access, high quality journals and databases.

I am now pleased to be joining Chemistry Central, where we are striving to accelerate the growth in open access publishing of chemistry research, and I look forward to keeping you informed through the Chemistry Central blog.

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