The future of medical journals and getting published in the digital age

Michael Markie


Michael is the Associate Publisher at F1000Research, and is a staunch open science and open data advocate. Michael’s main role is to work on devising and implementing innovative ways to improve the uptake of open science practices and improve reproducibility for the scientific community as a whole. He is currently working on the launch of the new funder based publishing platform Wellcome Open Research


Maria Hodges

Deputy Editor for BioMed Central's Genome Medicine 


Maria Hodges is the Acting Chief Editor of Genome Medicine, a flagship publication of BioMed Central. She has a BSc in Biochemistry from Imperial College London and a PhD from the Imperial Cancer Research Fund (now Cancer Research UK). For her PhD, Maria investigated mechanisms of relapse after treatment in acute promyelocytic leukaemia. She has also researched at the Pasteur Institute, Paris. Before moving to BioMed Central, Maria was an editor for Nature Structural and Molecular Biology.


Adrian Aldcroft

BMJ Open

Adrian Aldcroft is the Editor of BMJ Open, an open access general medical journal that promotes transparency in the publication process by publishing reviewer reports and previous versions of the manuscript alongside the published article. Adrian has also worked as a staff editor on PLOS ONE and as a Senior Executive Editor on the BMC Series. Prior to working in publishing, Adrian spent several years at The University of Western Ontario conducting research using fMRI to map the functional areas of the visual cortex.


Dr. Anna Sharman

Cofactor Science

Anna Sharman did a PhD and postdoc in biology before moving into journal publishing. Having been an editor of several top journals and worked as a freelance consultant, in 2014 she founded Cofactor, which helps researchers in science, technology and medicine to publish their results most effectively. Anna's popular workshops give guidance in how to write and publish a research paper, and Cofactor's team of freelance editors improve papers for authors and journals.