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BioMed Central management team

Rachel Burley: Publishing Director

Rachel has responsibility for all of BioMed Central and SpringerOpen’s editorial and commercial activity. She joined Springer Nature in 2016.

Rachel was previously Vice President and Director of Open Access at Wiley, where she led the strategic planning and development of Wiley’s open access initiatives. Prior to that, Rachel spent seven years at Nature Publishing Group where she developed several new journals including Nature Methods

Caroline Black: Associate Publishing Director, BMC series

Caroline has responsibility for the BMC series of community-focused, inclusive, open access journals, and the Research Integrity Group.

Previously she was Managing Director of Portland Press and Group Head of Publishing for the Biochemical Society, and has also held senior positions at Mac Keith Press, Blackwell Publishing, Lippincott Williams & Wilkins and Thomson Science.

Todd Hummel: Global Head, Health Sciences

Todd joined BioMed Central in 2012 and is currently Global Head, Health Sciences.

Prior to joining BioMed Central, Todd held journal management and acquisitions positions at Oxford University Press, Wolters Kluwer, and Elsevier.

Amye Kenall: Global Head, Life Sciences

Amye is Global Head of Life Sciences for academic journals within the Open Research Group at Springer Nature. She joined BioMed Central (part of the Springer Nature group) in 2013, heading up data publishing and initiatives across BioMed Central. Previously she was at Taylor & Francis working on management and acquisitions for the Behavioral Science and Neuroscience titles. In the past she has held positions across production and editorial for both books and journals across the sciences and social sciences. Amye has worked on various projects, working groups and publications related to data sharing, OA, open data and the role of publishers in reproducible research.