When I took on the job of launching a new society journal, I quickly realized that there is no ‘how-to manual’ for how to launch a journal, develop policies that will make it successful, or think of ways to innovate in the area of scholarly publishing. Tim Vines is the closest thing to this ‘how-to manual’, and I spent many hours discussing possibilities and strategies for implementing both existing and new strategies into the new journal. Both I and the journal benefitted enormously from his combined experience as managing editor and as a scholar studying issues of science publishing. His unique blend of experience and knowledge is extremely valuable during this exciting time in publishing that is experiencing new models, ideas and perspectives.
Patricia Soranno, Founding Editor-in-Chief, Limnology & Oceanography Letters
Tim played a vital role in the the success of the Joint Data Archiving Policy by showing other journals how to practically integrate manuscript submission and data submission to Dryad. He is close to unique in having both front line experience as a managing editor while also having done some of the most valuable research on journal data policy: what works, what doesn’t, and why. The nearly universal uptake of data archiving at Molecular Ecology is a singular achievement, and it is largely due to Tim’s research-informed knowledge about, and attention to, those implementation details that really matter.
Todd Vision, Co-founder of the Dryad Digital Repository
I think of Tim Vines as the “smartest guy in the room” as far as scholarly publishing is concerned. He’s intelligent and thoughtful, yes, but he also cares passionately about the integrity and the process of science. The fact that he’s experienced as both a practicing scientist and a respected editor gives him insight into numerous aspects of the fast-changing scholarly publishing landscape, including (but not limited to) peer review and data archiving. We have found him to be an invaluable resource on a variety of topics, and he has helped us consider challenges and the impact of our publications, now and as we plan for the future, in new and deeper ways.
Amy McPherson, Director of Publications, Botanical Society of America