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Phill Jones joins Emerald as Chief Technology Officer

Phill will take a strategic lead in helping Emerald’s digital solutions and platform to stand out by making its users’ lives easier, delivering an outstanding user experience, and helping increase the impact of research

Bingley, United Kingdom, 22 March 2018 – Emerald has appointed Dr Phill Jones, formerly Director of Publishing Innovation at Digital Science, to its Board as Chief Technology Officer (CTO).

Phill will take a strategic lead on Emerald's delivery of digital solutions to better serve its communities, including the enhancement of the research platform and creating scalable solutions across the Group - made up of Emerald Publishing, GoodPractice and Towards Maturity - that are end-to-end and market-driven.

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, Phill is also a Scholarly Kitchen 'Chef' (a regular contributor to the highly influential scholarly communications blog), a member of the editorial board of Learned Publishing, and serves on a number of industry committees for both 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."

Phill 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."

Emerald was recently named ProQuest IPG 2018 Academic & Professional Publisher of the Year Award, saw its book The Century of Science win a PROSE Award in the United States, and has been shortlisted in The Bookseller's British Book Awards for The Academic, Educational and Professional Publisher of the Year.

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About Emerald Publishing:
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