I am an Associate Editor at Physical Review B, a Bibliostatistics Analyst at the American Physical Society, and an Adjunct Associate Research Scientist at the Department of Applied Physics and Applied Mathematics at Columbia University.
I have extensive experience on scholarly publishing and research assessment, having handled the peer review of more than 10,000 manuscripts in the Physical Review journals (PRB, PRL, PRX, and PR Research). I am interested in the science of science, information science, and scientometrics. More specifically, I am interested in how data science can be used to study scientific productivity, creativity, behavior, and impact, and I am keen to contribute toward a more sensible use of scholarly metrics that is anchored on solid statistical grounds.
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. After my PhD (1998), 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 more recently to PRB (2014). 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 are the communication and the assessment of science.
I am interested in the science of science, information science, and scientometrics. More specifically, I am interested in how data science can be used to study scientific productivity, creativity, behavior, and impact. For example:
Enhancing peer review using data analytics and statistical inference
Metrics—and their limitations—that quantify the impact of scientific research (journals, groups, individuals)
Sociological effects and reward mechanisms that influence research
Behavioral studies of scientists
I am based in New York City.