News Release

AIP taps top publishing talent

Melville, NY, March 12, 2010 — The American Institute of Physics (AIP) announced today the hiring of three new publishing experts who will become part of a core leadership team that will help drive publishing forward into the 21st century.

"Publishing is the glue that holds the scientific community together and an essential part of the apparatus that drives innovation," says John Haynes, Vice President for Publishing at AIP—a major nonprofit publisher of scientific journals and an umbrella organization for 10 physical science societies that represent 135,000 scientists and engineers worldwide.

"These three new professionals will help advance AIP's own innovative efforts and play key roles in creating the next wave of scientific publishing," Haynes adds. They are:

  • EVAN OWENS, the new Chief Information Officer, Publishing, who will be responsible for the vision and overall strategy required to build and maintain AIP Publishing as a leading technology-driven publishing house.
  • ROBERT HARINGTON, the new Publisher, AIP Partnerships, who will be responsible for developing and operating AIP's world-class partner publishing program in collaboration with learned societies in the physical sciences.
  • LISA McLAUGHLIN, AIP's new Director, Informatics and Production, who will help to create and develop new products and services designed to enhance the reader experience.

"As we look forward to the future, we anticipate great changes in how scientific content is viewed and shared, which will advance knowledge in ways that were unthinkable just a few years ago," says Fred Dylla, the Executive Director and CEO of AIP.

These changes are driven largely by new technologies and the Web, which is making it possible for journal subscribers to move beyond the traditional ways of accessing scientific information. Where once journal articles were fixed in print and bound in hard copies on library shelves, every article published today has the potential to become its own portal into an expansive, interconnected, and ever-evolving universe of knowledge.

The three hirings are the culmination of a restructuring that began a year ago at AIP, which is seeking to take full advantage of new opportunities for publishing in the 21st century. Other developments AIP has made in the last year include:

Also, AIP announced this week that it has opened a new office in Beijing, China—the first part of a multi-phase plan to expand globally. See: http://www.aip.org/press_release/ChinaOffice.html

More about Evan Owens Evan Owens, the new Chief Information Officer, Publishing, will be responsible for the vision and overall strategy required to build and maintain AIP Publishing as a leading technology-driven publishing house. One of the leading experts in the world of electronic publishing, Owens was most recently the vice president of content management at ITHAKA in Princeton, NJ. Prior to that, he was the Chief Technology Officer at Portico, where he was responsible for the complete technology design and implementation of a pioneering long-term preservation archive for electronic journals. Before that, Owens spent nearly two decades in a variety of positions at the University of Chicago Press, including IT Manager and Electronic Publishing Manager of the Journals Division. 

He holds an honors B.A. in Fine Arts from the University of California, Irvine, was a candidate in the Ph.D. Program in Music History at the University of Chicago, and was a Fulbright Scholar at King's College, London.

More about Robert Harington Robert M. Harington, the new Publisher, AIP Partnerships, has responsibility for driving strategic growth of society and partner publishing at AIP. Harington comes to AIP from Wiley Blackwell, where he served as Vice President and Executive Publisher. Prior to that, he was Executive Vice President and Global Science Publishing Director at Blackwell Publishing. Working across the United States, Europe, and Asia, Harington was responsible for leading the dramatic global growth of society journal publishing in the sciences for Blackwell. He has forged an international career working in both non-profit and commercial settings with rich experience in book, journal and electronic publishing.

He holds a doctorate in biochemistry from University of Oxford, and a first class honors degree in chemistry from University of London.

More about Lisa McLaughlin AIP's new Director, Informatics and Production, Lisa McLaughlin will help to create and develop new products and services designed to enhance the reader experience. McLaughlin joins AIP after serving as Director, Journal Publishing Services at the company Aptara. Prior to Aptara, McLaughlin served as Vice President of Production at Blackwell Publishing (now Wiley-Blackwell) for ten years, during which time she managed the U.S.-based journals production program. Prior to Blackwell, she worked at Heinle&Heinle, now a Cengage company, producing educational content for the college market.

McLaughlin has a Bachelor of Arts from Simmons College in Boston and an M.B.A. from Babson College in Wellesley, Massachusetts.

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