We are a group of researchers, scholarly publishing experts, and technologists committed to putting lost time back into research.
Rubriq is a self-funded, for-benefit organization committed to making a difference in the world. Our goal is to create a sustainable business that will maximize our positive impact on the research and publishing industry.
We are not publishers. In fact, we believe a solution to the current redundant process of peer review in scientific publishing can’t be developed from within the publishing system. We are working to benefit all researchers and publishers that share our mission of speeding up the publication process while maintaining a rigorous pre-publication peer review process.
Peer Review Coordinator
Dr. Prater has been creating and supporting author and journal services at AJE since 2009 and served on the product development team for AJE's new sister company, Rubriq, which was launched in December 2012. As an Operations Manager for Rubriq, Dr. Prater is focused on recruiting and supporting qualified peer reviewers, continued development of author and journal services, and building lasting relationships with journals and publishers to help authors find the most appropriate and receptive publication outlets for their manuscripts. Dr. Prater received her PhD in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Johns Hopkins University and completed a postdoc at Duke University. Prior to joining AJE in 2009, Dr. Prater served as a Biologist at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences.
Peer Review Coordinator
Jen received her PhD in Immunology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where she studied the regulation of autoreactive B cells in a mouse model of lupus. She was previously employed at American Journal Experts as a Managing Editor, Team Leader and Managing Reviewer.
VP Business Development, Research Square
Keith has been involved in the scholarly publishing industry for over 10 years. Prior to his current role at Research Square, he was a Vice President in the Scientific and Scholarly Research business for Thomson Reuters. From 2007-2012, Keith was General Manager of ScholarOne, the leading peer review system for scholarly publishers and associations.
Keith spent his early career at Accenture, focused on change management consulting and system implementations for Fortune 100 clients. He has degrees in Business Management and Information Systems from Baylor University and a Masters Degree in Instructional Technology from the University of Virginia.
Peer Review Coordinator
Lisa earned her PhD in Biology at Duke University, where she studied Arabidopsis genetics and completed a predoctoral training program in Cell and Molecular Biology. She was also a postdoctoral research associate at Duke and investigated plant responses to environmental signals. Before joining Rubriq, Lisa was employed at AJE as a Managing Editor, Managing Reviewer and Journal Recommendation Manager.
CEO, Research Square
Shashi brings over 10 years of business management, entrepreneurship, and software experience as the founder of Research Square, the parent company of Rubriq. Other divisions of Research Square include AJE (American Journal Experts) and JournalGuide. AJE has helped thousands of international authors get published since 2004, and JournalGuide is a free online tool for researchers. Shashi has also worked for consulting and finance firms, and studied computer science, philosophy, and business at Duke University.
Principal Engineer, Research Square
Vic oversees the architecture and overall technical design for the Rubriq system and is involved in nearly every technical aspect of Research Square, the parent company of Rubriq. He is a polyglot programmer and n-tier engineer who manages the development process, recruits talented engineers, and gets very excited about building things. Vic has a degree in Computer Engineering from Iowa State University.
Rubriq is a division of Research Square. Research Square is a privately-held company created by entrepreneur Shashi Mudunuri, who also started American Journal Experts in 2004, and who collaborated with Keith Collier to co-found Rubriq. Research Square was established for the purpose of incubating and launching startups without the burden of ties to any external funding, investors or shareholders. All divisions of Research Square will be connected by a common purpose to serve the research community as a for-benefit organization (living in the space between for-profit and non-profit).
Our core Rubriq team has been recruited directly from the experienced talent pool at its sister company, American Journal Experts. In addition to being researchers and reviewers themselves, the Rubriq product development team brings experience in developing and supporting private peer review, journal recommendation and submission screening services. Our software and design team also has experience developing highly efficient workflow systems and technologies that connect reviewers to papers, and papers to journals. Under Research Square, Rubriq has the freedom to operate independently in pursuit of its goals of sustainability and impact.