CHORUS is governed by our members, who serve on our Board of Directors, Committees and Working Groups. A largely volunteer effort, CHORUS is managed by a full-time Executive Director.

Howard Ratner

Howard Ratner

Executive Director

Howard is the driving force behind CHOR Inc. and its first service, CHORUS.  Over the past two decades, he played a key role in developing innovative technology solutions that have transformed scholarly communications. He co-founded and chaired the not-for-profit ORCID – Open Researcher and Contributor ID system, and was active in the establishment of the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) and the founding and technical development of CrossRef and CLOCKSS. He was President of the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) from 2014-2015 and served on its board from 2010-2012 and 2013-2016. He is an active member of the Metadata 2020 and SCHOLIX initiatives and the STM Future Labs. Howard received the NFAIS Miles Conrad Memorial Lecture Award in 2012. He is a frequent speaker on digital production and new technology themes

Before joining CHOR, Howard was Chief Technology Officer, Executive Vice-President, for Nature Publishing Group where he was in charge of global web and mobile development and operations, content management, production and manufacturing, and information technology across all NPG products.  Howard also held positions at Springer and John Wiley & Sons.

Janice Kuta

Janice Kuta

Business Development

Janice is an STM executive with extensive experience in growing and building revenue streams and engagement for scholarly communications and membership organizations. She is successful in sales and marketing strategy and operations, membership strategy and tactics for recruitment, engagement, and retention. Janice develops and maintains mutually beneficial partnerships and business relationships. She has global experience launching digital products and services and is a high-energy, hands-on leader with excellent change management and team-building skills.

Janice was Director of Membership for the International Association of STM Publishers and has held executive positions at Holtzbrinck, Springer, Blackwell Publishers, and Classical International. An organizer, speaker, and moderator at industry events, Janice served as Chair of AAP/PSP’s Executive Committee and is a member of SSP’s Membership Committee and the American Society of Association Executives.

Tara Packer

Tara Packer

Program Management

Tara Packer serves as CHORUS Program Manager. She joined CHORUS by way of Nature, where she led the Author and Reviewer Services and Manuscript Systems team. She has over 30 years experience in digital and print product delivery, as well as system development and technology management. She has held positions at The Scientific World and Academic Press, where she served as Managing Editor for multiple journals, managing the peer-review processes, content management systems, and website design and implementations.

Mark Robertson

Mark Robertson

Asia-Pacific Development

Mark has joined the CHORUS team to grow our activity in Asia Pacific (APAC) with funders, publishers and institutions. For 36 years Mark lead Wiley’s and Blackwell Publishing’s research journal program in APAC as Publishing Director with overall country responsibility for Australia and Japan as Executive Director. He now brings this experience and networks in the region to CHORUS.  Mark was key to our recent expansion beyond the US helping instigate the new CHORUS partnerships in Japan and the pilot in Australia while with Wiley.

His other contributions to the publishing industry have included Board appointments with the Copyright Agency Limited, the Australian Publishers Association (APA) and the International Association of STM Publishers (STM), forming and chairing the Scholarly and Journal Committee for the APA and the Japan chapter for STM.

Michael Forster

IEEE (CHAIR)
Term: 2018-2021

Rick Anderson

University of Utah
Term: 2019-2022

David Crotty

Oxford University Press
Term: 2019-2022

Scott Delman

ACM (Treasurer)
Term: 2019-2022

Ann Gabriel

Elsevier
Term: 2018-2020

Sara Girard

AIP Publishing
Term: 2019-2020

Jonathan Glover

Wiley
Term: 2018-2021

Robert Harington

American Mathematical Society (Secretary)
Term: 2017-2020

Thane Kerner

Silverchair
Term: 2017-2020

Susan King

Rockefeller University Press
Term: 2018-2021

Vincent Lizzi

Taylor & Francis
Term: 2017-2020

John Ochs

American Chemical Society
Term: 2018-2021

Howard Ratner

CHORUS (ex officio)

Judy Russell

University of Florida, Gainesville
Term: 2019-2022

John Sack

HighWire Press
Term: 2019-2022

Matthew Salter

American Physical Society
Term: 2019-2022

Alexandra Vance

GeoScience World
Term: 2017-2020

Ed Pentz

CrossRef (Advisor)

David Crotty (CHAIR)

Oxford University Press

Scott Delman

Association for Computing Machinery

Susan King

Rockefeller University Press

Tara Packer

CHORUS

Rick Anderson (Co-chair)

Associate Dean for Collections & Scholarly Communication, Marriott Library, University of Utah

Judith C. Russell (Co-chair)

Dean of University Libraries, George A. Smathers Libararies, University of Florida

Michael Levine-Clark

Dean and Director, University of Denver Libraries

Liz Lorbeer

Chair, Department of the Medical Library, Library Director & Associate Professor, Western Michigan University

Scott Warren

Associate Dean for Research & Scholarship, Syracuse University Libraries

Sara Girard

AIP Publishing (Chair of Communications Working Group)

Laura FitzGerald

GeoScienceWorld

Janice Kuta

CHORUS Staff Liaison

Sara Rotjan

AIP Publishing

Susan Spilka

Spilka Strategic Communications, LLC

Howard Ratner

CHORUS

David Weinreich

Weinreich Strategic Group

Thane Kerner (CHAIR)

Silverchair

Scott Delman

Association for Computing Machinery

Philip DiVietro

American Society of Mechanical Engineers

Robert Harington

American Mathematical Society

Susan King

Rockefeller University Press

Janice Kuta

CHORUS

Howard Ratner

CHORUS

Alexandra Vance

Geoscience World

Mark Doyle

APS (Co-Chair of Technical Working Group)

Evan Owens

Advisor (Co-Chair of Technical Working Group)

Scott Dineen

The Optical Society

Mark Donoghue

IEEE

Stephen Flockton

IOP Publishing

Thane Kerner

Silverchair

Mirjam Kessler

Springer Nature

Jennifer Klein

Atypon

Robert Koepke

AAAS

David Leeming

Royal Society of Chemistry

Jen McAndrews

AIP Publishing

Colin McAteer

ASME

Graham McCann

IOP Publishing

Paul Mostert

Elsevier

Dan O’Brien

American Chemical Society

Robert O’Donnell

Rockefeller University Press

Rich O’Keefe

AIP Publishing

Tara Packer

CHORUS

Jeanette Panning

AGU

James Phillpotts

Oxford University Press

Howard Ratner

CHORUS

Kat Rodenhizer

PNAS

Henning Schoenenberger

Springer Nature

Cornelia Schwanke

Springer Nature

John Shaw

Sage Publications

Kathleen Sheedy

APA

John Walker

Wiley

Gregg Warren

Taylor & Francis

Steve Watson

Elsevier

Donna Witzleben

Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)

Kirsty Meddings

CrossRef (Advisor)

Ricardo Romero

National Agricultural Library, US Department of Agriculture (Advisor)

Lance Vowell

Office of Scientific and Technical Information, US Department of Energy (Advisor)