Manolis Antonoyiannakis

I am an Associate Editor at Physical Review B (PRB), and a Bibliostatistics Analyst at the American Physical Society (APS). 

I am also an Adjunct Associate Research Scientist at the Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics, at Columbia University. 

I studied physics at Royal Holloway, University of London (BS, 1992), the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (MS, 1994), and Imperial College London (PhD, 1998). 

Professionally, I have carved a serendipitous and somewhat unconventional career path that I call my own. After my PhD I went back to my native Crete and at first taught high-school physics, while volunteering and organizing on animal welfare issues. Soon after I shifted from teaching physics to translating physics & mathematics university textbooks for Crete University Press in Heraklion. My next move was from a university press to an academic journal publisher - and from Crete to New York - as I took up an editorial position with Physical Review B (2003), and subsequently Physical Review Letters (2007) where I handled manuscripts primarily on nanophotonics, metamaterials, plasmonics, microscopy, acoustics, solar cell physics and topological insulators. In 2008, and while on partial leave from PRL, I spent an 18-month sabbatical in Europe where I shifted my focus from the peer review of research papers to that of research proposals, as I advised on science policy issues the President, Prof. F. C. Kafatos, of the European Research Council in London & Brussels. In 2010 I returned to being a full-time PRL editor, moving on to PRX (2013) and most recently (2014) to PRB. I now also spend 10% of my time as a bibliostatistics analyst for the APS. Throughout these twists and turns in my career, the two constant themes to date are the communication and the assessment of science, in a nonprofit work environment. 

My current interests are in research assessment, science policy and science communication, and the sociology of science. More specifically, I am interested in: 

  • understanding and enhancing peer review using data analysis and statistical inference (improving the review workflow process; detecting bias or conflict of interest; creating & improving referee selection protocols and tools; producing & analyzing feedback on editorial decisions; qualitative & quantitative citation analysis; recognizing citation impact patterns; etc.)
  • metrics - and their limitations - that quantify the impact of scientific research (impact statistics of journals, individuals and groups) 
  • sociological effects influencing the impact of scientific work 
  • networks of referees and authors 
  • behavioral studies of scientists

I am based in New York City.