Alison Mudditt

Alison Mudditt joined PLOS as CEO in June, 2017, where her primary role is to ensure PLOS’s continuous innovation, bold leadership, and mission-driven differentiation in the field of scientific communication. Prior to PLOS, Alison served as Director of the University of California Press for six years and as Executive Vice President at SAGE Publications. Her 30 years in the publishing industry also includes leadership positions at Blackwell Publishers in Oxford, UK, and Taylor & Francis Inc., in Philadelphia. Alison is a frequent speaker at industry meetings and currently serves on the Board of Directors of SSP and the Center for Open Science, and on the Advisory Boards of Knowledge Unlatched and the Authors’ Alliance. In the past, Alison has also served as Vice Chair of the Scientific Publications Committee and a member of the Open Science Committee for the American Heart Association; on the Executive Council of the Professional and Scholarly Publishing Division of the American Association of Publishers; and as Co-Chair of the Dean’s Leadership Council at California State University, Channel Islands.

Articles by Alison Mudditt

The Global Battle for Attention and Authority – Have We Already Lost?

As we learn more on an almost daily basis about the growing power and influence of social media and Facebook in particular, Alison Mudditt spoke recently with Siva Vaidhyanathan about the intricate relationship between media and democracy, and the critical role that cultural institutions – including scholarship, publishers and libraries – need to play in countering this pernicious hold on our attention.

SSP: The Next Generation

How can we ensure that SSP continues to be “the community for everyone engaged in scholarly publishing”? As part of our 40th anniversary celebrations, today we’re hearing from a range of early career professionals about their own career aspirations, and the role that SSP can play in helping them develop and thrive in a constantly changing landscape.

Breaking the Silence: the #MeToo Moment in Scholarly Communication

We have all been shocked and disgusted by painful stories of harassment over recent months, so why have we heard nothing from our own industry? As many can attest, sexual harassment is just as real and pervasive in scholarly communication as elsewhere. It’s time for us to own this and to begin working together to eradicate this behavior for the next generation of women.

Countering the Über-Brands: The Case for the Megajournal

Many column inches – right here in the Scholarly Kitchen as well as elsewhere – have been expended on the megajournal and its successes and (perhaps more often), failures. But how might megajournals support the very real need for action to improve the transparency, reproducibility and efficiency of scientific research?

Peer Review in the Humanities and Social Sciences: If It Ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It?

Next up in our series of posts celebrating Peer Review Week 2016 is a conversation about peer review in the humanities and social sciences. Chefs Alison Mudditt and Karin Wulf, together with Mary Francis of the University of Michigan Press, discuss the differences and similarities between peer review in HSS and STEM disciplines, and between reviews for books and journals in HSS.