2019 has been a big year for JOSS: This year, we’ve already published 300 papers and are on target to reach ~360 papers by the end of the calendar year. We’ve substantially improved our website and made a number of important changes to our editorial team to help us scale further.
In the last 12 months we’ve issued two calls for new editors (one in December 2018 and one in August 2019), and we’ve not done a very good job of announcing when new editors join the team so let’s fix that…
Two new associate editors in chief
In the last few months, we’ve added two associate-editors-in-chief with Kevin M. Moerman and Kristen Thyng stepping into these new roles ⚡.
New editors joining the JOSS team
Twenty one(!) new editors have joined the JOSS editorial team thus far in 2019. Ordered by the date they joined they are:
Viviane Pons: Mathematics, Computer Science
Associate professor at Université Paris-Sud. Mathematician, computer scientist and strong defender of open-source and open science in general. Contributor and user of the SageMath software. Member of the OpenDreamKit European project for open-source development in Mathematics.
Jack Poulson: Numerical optimization, numerical linear algebra, PDEs, high-performance computing, lattice reduction
Independent computational scientist running Tech Inquiry and Hodge Star Scientific Computing. Previously, research scientist at Google and assistant professor of mathematics at Stanford. His research interests: software engineering of high-performance mathematical libraries (e.g., conic optimization, lattice reduction, determinantal point processes, numerical PDEs), their connections to pure mathematics (e.g., differential geometry, conic analysis, representation theory).
George K. Thiruvathukal: HPC, software engineering, programming languages, systems, computational science, digital humanities
Professor of computer science at Loyola University, Chicago, and visiting faculty at the Argonne National Laboratory Leadership Computing Facility. Research interests: high-performance & distributed computing, cyber-physical systems, software engineering, programming languages and systems, history of computing, computational and data science, computing education, and ethical/legal/social issues in computing. Past editor-in-chief of IEEE Computing in Science and Engineering.
Lorena Pantano: Small RNAseq, RNAseq, miRNA, isomiRs, visualization, genomics, transcriptomic, non-codingRNA, data integration
Research scientist at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Focused on genomic regulation and data integration, with more than a decade of experience in biological data analysis and contributing to novel algorithms to improve the quantification and visualization of genomic data.
Juanjo Bazán: Astrophysics, Mathematics
Astrophysics researcher at CIEMAT, mathematician and software engineer currently developing chemical evolution models for galaxies. Juanjo has worked as advisor on open source policies and contributed code to many popular libraries like Rails and Astropy. He is member of the founder team of Consul, the most widely used open sourced citizen participation software.
Bruce E. Wilson: Ecology, remote sensing, information sciences, material sciences
Manager for the Oak Ridge National Laboratory Distributed Active Archive Center for Biogeochemical Dynamics (ORNL DAAC) and Adjunct Professor of Information Sciences at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Originally trained as a chemist and statistician. Spent a few years as an Enterprise Architect. Research interests in citations, linked data, reproducible science, identity, cybersecurity, data reuse, and long-term data preservation.
Leonardo Uieda: Geoscience, Geophysics, Data Visualization
Geophysicist researching methods for determining the inner structure of the Earth from geophysical observations, mainly disturbances in the Earth’s gravity and magnetic fields. Developer of open-source software for processing, modeling, and visualizing geophysical data. Currently Visiting Research Scholar at the University of Hawai’i at Mānoa working on Generic Mapping Tools.
Alex Hanna: Social sciences, politics
Alex Hanna is a computational social scientist working on machine learning curriculum at Google. She received her PhD in sociology from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Her research has focused on how new and social media has changed social movement mobilization and political participation. More recently, she has been interested in issues of fairness, accountability, and transparency in sociotechnical systems.
Charlotte Soneson: Bioinformatics, data visualization, transcriptomics, reproducible research
Research Associate at the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research in Basel, Switzerland, with a research background mainly in development and evaluation of analysis methods for transcriptomics data. Developer and maintainer of several open-source R packages for analysis, quality assessment and interactive visualization of high-throughput biological data.
Monica Bobra: Heliophysics, Data Science
Research scientist at Stanford University in the W. W. Hansen Experimental Physics Laboratory who studies the Sun and space weather as a member of the NASA Solar Dynamics Observatory science team and contributes to Heliopython and SunPy.
Yuan Tang: Machine Learning, Distributed Systems, Cloud Computing
Senior software engineer at Ant Financial, building AI infrastructure and AutoML platform. He’s a committer of TensorFlow, XGBoost, and Apache MXNet, maintainer of several Kubeflow projects, and author of numerous open source software projects. He’s also the author of the best-selling book TensorFlow in Practice, which is the first book teaching TensorFlow in Chinese and has been translated to several other languages such as traditional Chinese and Korean.
Olivia Guest: Computational cognitive modeling, cognitive science, cognitive neuroscience
Olivia Guest is a computational modeler in cognitive science and neuroscience. She creates and evaluates computational accounts for categorization and conceptual representation in healthy adults, patient groups, infants, and animals. She is also interested in using computational modeling and data science broadly in theoretical as well as applied contexts.
Marie E. Rognes: Applied mathematics, PDEs, numerical methods, biomechanics
Marie E. Rognes is Chief Research Scientist at Simula Research Laboratory, Oslo, Norway. Her research focuses on numerical methods for partial differential equations, software for scientific computing, with applications in biomechanics and neuroscience. She is a core member of the FEniCS and Dolfin-adjoint Projects.
Vincent Knight: Mathematics, Applied mathematics, Game Theory, Stochastic processes, Pedagogy, Python
Vince is a mathematician at Cardiff University. He is a maintainer and contributor to a number of open source software packages and a contributor to the UK Python community. His research interests are in the field of game theory and stochastic processes and he also has a keen interest in pedagogy. Vince is a fellow of the Software Sustainability Institute and is interested in reproducibility and sustainability of scientific/mathematical research.
Matthew Sottile: Computer science, programming languages, applied mathematics
Research scientist working on program synthesis tools for high performance computing at Noddle.io, and adjunct faculty at the Washington State University Department of Mathematics and Statistics. His PhD work in computer engineering focused on measurement and analysis methods for performance analysis of high performance systems. He believes that open and reproducible research software artifacts are critical to the advancement of computational science.
Mark A. Jensen: Bioinformatics and Computational Biology, Cancer Genomics, Population and Evolutionary Biology, Databases and Data Architecture, Software Development Lifecycle Management
Director of Data Management and Interoperability at the Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research, he leads efforts to design, build, and maintain scientist-friendly research data systems that integrate clinical and multiomic data across thousands of cancer patient-donors. He is active in open source software development and a supporter of the FAIR (Findable, Accessible, Interoperable, Reusable) movement in scientific data management. A molecular evolutionary biologist by training, he served as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Molecular Evolution from 2008-2013.
Melissa Weber Mendonça: Applied Math, Numerical Optimization, Numerical Linear Algebra, Fortran, Python, MATLAB, Julia, Teaching
Applied mathematician, working with numerical optimization and numerical linear algebra at the Federal University of Santa Catarina, in Brazil. Interested in open science, open research, and teaching practices in mathematics and computer science.
Katy Barnhart: Geology, Geophysics, Earth Surface Dynamics, Terrain Analysis
Research scientist in Earth surface dynamics at the University of Colorado Department of Geological Sciences and Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences. Her research focuses on integrating observations, model development, and model analysis to understand the evolution of the Earth’s surface. She is a core developer of the Landlab toolkit.
William Rowe: Bioinformatics, genomics
Bioinformatician working at the University of Birmingham, UK. Research areas include data sketching for genomics, variation graphs, and metagenome profiling. Currently working on long-read sequencing applications for real-time genomic epidemiology.
Dan Foreman-Mackey: Astrophysics, probabilistic programming, data science, python
Dan Foreman-Mackey is an Associate Research Scientist at the Flatiron Institute in the Center for Computational Astrophysics. His research program focuses on the development and application of probabilistic data analysis techniques to make novel discoveries and solve fundamental problems in astrophysics.
Marcos Vital: R, biostatistics, data visualization, open science, quantitative ecology, evolutionary biology, conservation biology, teaching
Biologist, quantitative ecologist and open science enthusiast at Universidade Federal de Alagoas, Brazil, where he coordinates the Quantitative Ecology Lab. He is interested in a wide range of topics related to evolutionary ecology and conservation biology, but also in other fields such as active learning methods and digital games in education.
Editors retiring from the team
In 2019, a few of our editors have stepped down from editorial duties at JOSS: Jason Clark, Pjotr Prins, and Yo Yehudi have already retired from the JOSS editorial team and Roman Valls Guimera, Melissa Gymrek, and Lindsey Heagy will be retiring from the team soon. JOSS only works because of the volunteer efforts from our editors and reviewers and we’re deeply indebted to them 💖.
We thanks Jason, Pj, Yo, Roman, Melissa, and Lindsey for all of their contributions to JOSS!
Arfon Smith, Editor-in-Chief, Journal of Open Source Software.