Alessandro Pierno (Head)

Alessandro Pierno is Journals Manager for the Firenze University Press (FUP) at University of Florence and Associate Editor for the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).
Acting as the main point of contact for editors and as an overseer for all aspects of the production and development for more than 40 FUP Press’s journals, Alessandro’s extensive publishing career combines experience in corporate and  academic with responsability for the operations, sales, marketing, dissemination, printing of books and journals.
He obtained his PhD in Science of the Text. Edition, Analysis, Interpretation, Communication from the University of Siena.  His research focus is on the history and evolution of publishing industry.

He is married to his lovely wife Sara and Samuele’s proud dad. He loves his bicycle, go camping and, obviously, Pearl Jam

Antony J. Williams 

Antony (Tony) J. Williams is a PhD NMR spectroscopist and has worked in academia, a Fortune 500 company, two start-up cheminformatics companies, a scientific publisher and, now, for the US Government.

He spent ten years at ACD/Labs ( and as their Chief Science Officer focused on web-based technologies and automated chemical structure verification and elucidation platforms. In his spare time he pursued a hobby project, the ChemSpider database ( which was acquired by the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC). Tony became their VP of Strategic Development and continued to develop cheminformatics tools, specifically ChemSpider. He was the technical lead for the chemistry aspects of the Open PHACTS project (, a project focused on the delivery of open data, open source and open systems to support the pharmaceutical sciences. He was also the technical lead for the UK National Chemical Database Service ( and the RSC lead for the PharmaSea project ( attempting to identify novel natural products from the ocean.

In 2015 he become a Computational Chemist in the National Center for Computational Toxicology at the Environmental Protection Agency where he is focused on the delivery of a new software architecture for the management and delivery of data, algorithms and visualization tools. The “Chemistry Dashboard” ( provides access to data associated with over 700,000 chemicals. He is widely published with over 200 papers and book chapters, is the recipient of the Jim Gray Award for eScience (2012) and the North Carolina ACS Distinguished Speaker Award (2016).

Simona Turbanti

Simona Turbanti Editorial and Advisory BoardSimona Turbanti is librarian at the University of Pisa. After a four years degree in humane letters (with a thesis in Library and information science on an ancient books collection) and a master in Library and information science at the University of Pisa, in December 2016 she obtained a PhD in Library and information science at Sapienza University of Rome with a research on the internationalization and vitality of Italian Library and information science studies, a critical analysis and experimentation of bibliometric methods.

Her main research interests are focused on cataloguing, scientific communication, research assessment, bibliometrics and altmetrics. She has authored about forty papers and four book and she is involved in research projects at Sapienza University of Rome and University of Pisa.

Teacher in many academic courses and training courses for librarians. Speaker in many national and international seminars and workshops.

She loves writing, riding her motorbike and trekking on the mountains.