What is your current role? Tell us a bit about your work or line of research

I’m a health librarian. I’m currently the head of the Central Library – Center for Information and Documentation of the University of Lisbon School of Medicine. I’m also an external PhD candidate at the Centre for Science and Technology Studies (CWTS) of the University of Leiden. My research interests include scholarly communication and peer review, with a special focus on dissemination and quality control of biomedical research. I’m also interested in open science, science policy, research management and responsible use of metrics. 

What are you excited about in science communication?

The most exciting thing in science communication is all the innovation we are assisting now. Everyone aims for a more informal, collaborative, rapid, open, public, and transparent environment. The coronavirus pandemic has highlighted the importance of an effective scholarly communication system. To deal with Covid-19-related research in a timely way, traditional scholarly communication channels have been put under pressure. At the same time, there was an unprecedented rise in the use of preprints by the biomedical scientific community. By promoting discussion about the role of preprints in the scholarly communication system, we can potentially improve trust in science and hopefully help to turn it into a more rewarding experience for all stakeholders involved.

Why did you choose to participate in the ASAPbio Fellows program?

By attending the ASAPbio Fellows program, I will learn more about science communication and become an advocate and a resource about preprints for my community. Together with other Fellows, we can promote discussion about preprinting and the role of preprints as a supplement to scholarly communication. It will be a positive input for my professional and academic skills. 

Ask me about… 

Innovation in scholarly communication and peer review. I’m still learning, but we can learn together!

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