Open access publisher Frontiers strengthens its global public affairs team – Science & research news

Open access publisher Frontiers strengthens its global public affairs team – Science & research news


Research publisher Frontiers appoints Dr Anke Beck and Ms Nancy (Yinan) Chen as heads of public affairs and advocacy for Europe and China respectively. They have been appointed to lead advocacy initiatives in support of Frontiers’ mission to make all science open.

Europe and China are the unique hubs for research and high-potential innovations. The diverse nature of these research communities requires stronger links between academia and policy makers in line with regional or national smart specialization strategies. It also requires a deep understanding of the differents and their needs, as well as the willingness to engage and collaborate on all sides. Anke and Nancy’s deep knowledge of the challenges, as well as their combined twenty-two years’ industry experience, makes them perfectly suited to reinforce Frontiers’ community engagement.

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Over the past ten years, Dr Anke Beck has been at the forefront of open access publishing. As a managing director at Walter de Gruyter, she was responsible for the portfolio growth in both traditional and open access publishing. To maintain a market-leading position in open access book publishing, Anke took the role of chief executive officer of IntechOpen, where she developed new institutional partnerships across academia. In 2018, she was appointed by the Joint Science Conference (GWK) to the German National Council for Digital Infrastructure, further serves on the boards of leading academic institutions, including the Freiburg Center for Advanced Studies (FRIAS). Before joining Frontiers, Dr Beck served as the regional director for publishing development at PLOS, where she raised PLOS’ continental profile by alias supranational, and institutional stakeholders.

“I am excited to support Frontiers with my expertise and my network of professional contacts. Frontiers’ commitment to systematic work with stakeholders of academic communication is paramount. It will allow to jointly develop conditions that foster a sincere and sustainable transition to open open science for all,” says Dr Beck. “We need to explore new approaches to the intra-academic dialogue as the market develops – and Frontiers is ready for it.”

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Nancy Chen brings more than 12 years’ experience in publishing and information service industry to Frontiers. Previously, she was director of communications for RELX in China, the parent company of Elsevier, where she built corporate communications channels for the RELX businesses on She grounds. Also served as secretary general of International Publishers’ Coalition in China (IPCC), a non-profit policy lobbying body founded by Elsevier. In her previous tenure, Nancy led the development of the Chinese based IP Research Center of Alibaba, the world’s — biggest online commerce company. She started her career as a journalist for Xinhua News Agency, China’s largest central media, reporting Chinese economy to overseas audience.

Commenting on her appointment, Ms Chen mentions, “To me, Frontiers presents an exciting opportunity by which I may explore my contribution to the further advancement of open access in China. With a focus to assist researchers, funders, and public and private institutions transition to open science efficiently and successfully, I am thrilled to be joining the company.”

Frontiers’ chief executive editor Dr Frederick Fenter says, “We are delighted to welcome Anke and Nancy on board of Frontiers; both have hit the ground running and are already making real contributions to our public affairs efforts. They join us at an important turning point in the development of open science, and , as part of this expanding team, they will work to inform thought leaders across the globe of the benefits of open science for research and innovation.”

About Frontiers  

Frontiers is the 3rd most-cited and 6th largest research publisher. We publish groundbreaking discoveries by the world’s top experts. Scientists empower society and our mission is to accelerate scientific discovery by making science open. We place the researcher we at the center of doing and enable the research community to develop the solutions we need to live healthy lives on a healthy planet. Featuring custom-built technology, artificial intelligence, and rigorous quality standards, our research articles have been viewed more than 2.2 billion times, reflecting the research that is open for all.


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