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Phill Jones joins Emerald as CTO

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Emerald Group has appointed Phill Jones, formerly director of publishing innovation at Digital Science, to its board as chief technology officer.

Jones will take a strategic lead on Emerald’s delivery of digital solutions, including the enhancement of the research platform and creating scalable solutions across the group.

He will help ensure that the platform stands out from competitor solutions by making its users’ lives easier, delivering an outstanding user experience, and helping increase the impact of research by making it even more discoverable, accessible and easily sharable both to academic audiences and beyond.

A former physicist turned publishing technology professional with research, editorial, product and executive management experience at Digital Science, JoVE, and Harvard Medical School, Jones is also a Scholarly Kitchen ‘chef’ (a regular contributor to the influential scholarly communications blog), a member of the editorial board of Learned Publishing, and serves on a number of industry committees for the STM Association and Society for Scholarly Publishing.

Vicky Williams, CEO of Emerald Publishing, said: 'We’re delighted to be welcoming Phill to the team. As Emerald seeks to evolve its offer and ensure continued market relevance, our digital strategy is at the heart of both our operations and our innovation.

'Phill has all the experience, skills, leadership qualities and vision to help Emerald deliver digital solutions that chime well with our communities’ needs, and increase the impact of the research we publish.'

Jones said: 'I’m thrilled to be joining Emerald at what is an incredibly exciting time. I’m tremendously excited to be working with this award winning team, as together, we build on 50 years of service to the community and continue to expand our role in helping research to be communicated.

'As a Group, we will take Emerald’s digital solutions and platforms to the next level, enabling research to become easier to discover, access, and apply. Through digital innovation, we will help research deliver even greater impact.'