Former Clarivate Publisher Relations Expert

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Research publisher Frontiers appoints Tom Ciavarella as Public Affairs and Advocacy Manager for North America to strategize and execute advocacy initiatives to support Frontiers’ mission and accelerate the transition to open science.

Tom has 20 years of experience in relationship management, business development and content strategy. After an early career in publishing and writing, he worked at FA Davis Company, an independent medical publisher in the United States, where he acquired and developed new medical textbooks and helped integrate print-only resources. in the digital world. In 2015, Tom joined Clarivate Analytics (now Clarivate) as Publisher Relations Manager for the Web of Science group with a focus on content and communications strategy.

Most recently, Tom managed key strategic accounts for the Copyright Clearance Center (CCC), a non-profit organization that helps publishers and other copyright owners coordinate content delivery, licensing and workflows. open access work. Tom has also served as a liaison with CCC’s Government Relations team, which works to guide policy makers on copyright modernization and related topics.

In 2011, Tom founded and still consults Smarter Learning, a consultancy for STM publishers and publishing start-ups on content strategy, business development and contract negotiation.

Tom volunteers for organizations dedicated to mentoring and empowering students and professionals. Since 2015, Tom has been a member of the Society for Scholarly Publishing, a US-based non-profit organization for the science and academic publishing industry, where he co-chaired the SSP Community Engagement Committee for two years and now volunteers with his mentorship program. Tom also supports the SSP Generations Fund, which supports scholarship, mentorship, and diversity and inclusion programs. He lives in Chicago.

Frontiers Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Frederick Fenter, says, “Tom brings a wealth of expertise and one of the best contacts in the business to this post; he has the experience to connect with our partners on public policy and to execute advocacy initiatives in the US market. His commitment to open science will make him a key player in Frontiers’ public affairs team.

Commenting on his appointment, Mr. Ciavarella adds, “Frontiers has chosen a fantastic time to grow its presence in North America, and I am thrilled to join a team that is already successfully championing open science in the United States and Canada. With its strong foundation in technology and emphasis on collaboration, Frontiers is perfectly suited to help researchers, funders, and public and private institutions move efficiently and successfully into open science.

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Frontiers is the 3rd most cited search publisher and the 6th largest. We publish groundbreaking findings from the world’s leading experts. Scientists make society stronger and our mission is to accelerate scientific discovery by making science open. We put the researcher at the center of everything we do and enable the research community to develop the solutions we need to live healthy lives on a healthy planet. Featuring bespoke technology, artificial intelligence and rigorous quality standards, our research articles have been viewed over 1.9 billion times, reflecting the power of open research.


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