Origin's partners have more than 30 years experience delivering cutting-edge management strategies to a wide variety of journals: biomedical, professional, scientific and the humanities. They have pooled their talent for successful journal supervision with their dedication to sound editorial practice so as to provide an unparalleled resource for editorial office management. Origin is able to call upon a network of experienced editorial staff, with a dedicated individual assigned to a title to ensure continuity, a critical component in building relationships with authors, reviewers, and editors.
Our team consists of more than 40 members based in North America and the United Kingdom. All our team members joined Origin Editorial with either prior editorial office experience or a background in publishing management or production. Several occupy prominent positions at organizations such as the International Society of Managing and Technical Editors and the Council of Science Editors. The team possesses a formidable depth of experience and an array of skillsets suited ideally to peer review management ranging from the traditional (editing and project management) through to more enhanced activities such as new/social media development, journal publishing management and even statistical modeling for incisive peer review data analysis.
Jason Roberts, PhD
After earning a doctorate in Geography from Loughborough University in the United Kingdom, Dr. Roberts began work in the subscription services department at Blackwell Science in Oxford, UK. Following a move to Blackwell's US office, he joined that company's editorial team and eventually rose to Publishing Manager and, subsequently, Senior Editor of US-based medical journals; in the latter position he developed and managed budgets and business plans and oversaw society/editor relations with the publisher. In 2004 he left Blackwell to become the Managing Editor of Headache: the Journal of Head and Face Pain, a role that has evolved such that he presently functions as de factor Publications Director for that journal. Later in 2004 he also founded the editorial office of a new-launch periodical, The Journal of Sexual Medicine.
More recently, Dr. Roberts has performed editorial office consultancies on titles published by four major publishers: Wiley-Blackwell, Nature Publishing Group, Elsevier and Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins. Typically this has involved advising the publisher, or editor, on how to restructure failing editorial offices, set up new peer review workflows or both.
Dr. Roberts is past-president of the International Society of Managing and Technical Editors, an organization that has emerged as the pre-eminent group seeking to advance professionalism in editorial offices. Dr. Roberts frequently serves as an invited speaker on such topics as publication ethics in relation to editorial office operations, peer review management and editorial office best practices.
Dr. Roberts also has a particular interest in improving standards of reporting in medical journals and was recently commissioned to contribute a chapter in a forthcoming book edited by Moher and Altman, Improving Health Reporting, specifically focusing on how journals can work with authors to utilize reporting guidelines such as the CONSORT Statement to improve the quality of their manuscripts. Additionally, he has received funding from the Committee on Publication Ethics to undertake research into author awareness of publication ethics with a specific focus on medical journals.
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. During this period, Ms. Overstreet also was employed as a research assistant in the School of Medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.
In 2007, Ms. Overstreet began to work full time as a managing editor. She 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. Through the ISMTE, Ms. Overstreet has acquired an insight into what is required to ensure that journals are operationally successful.
With more than ten years of experience, Ms. Overstreet has become skilled in providing hands-on management of the editorial office while remaining alert to opportunities for journal enhancements. She possesses particular expertise in managing the peer-review process; ensuring submission of high quality manuscripts to production (thus minimizing production workload and timelines); improving journal ethical standards; communicating with editorial boards; managing deadlines and page budgets; using electronic media to market journals and encourage user communities; acting as the liaison between editors, publishers, and authors/reviewers; and, generally, assessing and improving journal policies and processes.
Diane Andress-Rothrock received her undergraduate and graduate degrees in Educational Technology from the University of South Alabama. From 2001-2004 she served as the Managing Editor for the journal Headache: the Journal of Head and Face Pain, the journal of the American Headache Society, supervising that journal's highly successful transition from a "hard copy" system of manuscript submission and review to a fully electronic editorial office.
Ms. Andress-Rothrock subsequently served as a university-based neurosciences research associate, coordinating studies devoted to migraine epidemiology, therapeutics and cost/benefit analyses. Concomitant with this she worked as a physician and patient educator, in large part consequent to her participation in a multi-year continuing medical education (CME) project intended for health care providers and her work in the University of Alabama Interregional Headache School Study (evaluating the impact of intensive patient education on clinical outcome).
Ms. Andress-Rothrock recently returned to editorial office work to create a highly effective peer review management operation for a new medical journal, Mucosal Immunology. She also serves as the managing editor for Ophthalmic Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. Her experience as a managing editor and journal consultant has included working with editors, publishers and large medical societies to integrate various sales and editorial objectives into a cohesive publishing strategy, working with authors to improve reporting standards, creating efficient commissioned manuscript workflows, collaborating with publishers and editors to develop innovative content and assisting in the marketing of selected content so as to supplement journal revenue.