The management team of KWF Editorial has more than a century of progressive management experience in scholarly publishing. Their work is an extraordinary blend of expertise that spans comprehensive journal management, including editorial development, production, peer review and workflow management, digital publishing, and financial management.
KWF Editorial is managed by Cara S. Rivera, Fred H. Fusting, Erin McMullan, and Kelly Hadsell
Fred H. Fusting
Fred is the COO for KWF Consulting and KWF Editorial, overseeing business management of both organizations. Before joining KWF Consulting in 2007, Fred was president of the Professional Learning Systems Division of Wolters Kluwer. Fred also is a professor of marketing, marketing research, and business strategy for undergraduate and graduate students at Loyola College in Maryland. Fred earned an MBA from Loyola College in Maryland.
Cara S. Rivera
Cara is the company’s CEO. Before co-founding KWF Consulting with Alma Wills in 2000, Cara was an executive responsible for business and technology development at Wolters Kluwer. Before that, she served as publisher, executive editor, and marketing director. Cara also held positions as managing editor of a specialty book series and worked in the editorial department of a society. Cara received an MBA from DePaul University.
Before starting a managing editor services company in 2001, Marjory served as publisher in the journals division of Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (now Wolters Kluwer), where she managed a number of titles including the journals of the American Heart Association. Earlier at Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, she served as editor of the 26th edition of Stedman’s Medical Dictionary, the first edition published in full color and from a database. Marjory was also the managing editor of a Ziff-Davis computer journal and a city magazine. She has written and published two books. Marjory holds a bachelor’s degree in English from the University of Montana, her native state.
As a key member of KWF Editorial’s senior leadership, Erin works with scholarly publishing decision-makers to create editorial solutions that achieve their goals and exceed their expectations. She participates extensively in professional societies and leads outward-facing communications for the company, making sure they reflect the excellence and professionalism of the KWF brand. Before joining KWF Editorial as Editorial Director in 2016, Erin was managing editor for three of the high-impact journals of the American Association for Cancer Research. She also held a variety of positions in the books and journals divisions at Wolters Kluwer, including five years in a publisher role for a portfolio of 12 ophthalmology journals. The portfolio included Wolters Kluwer-owned publications, as well as publications managed on behalf of society partners, giving her a thorough understanding of both types of organizations’ needs and where they intersect.
Kelly is the client liaison for many of the client journals that KWF Editorial serves, and she ensures that client expectations are met with best publishing practices and the highest levels of customer support. She supervises a team of 10 experienced managing editors who manage editorial work on client journals, provide copyediting and permissions services, and complete other special projects such as transition support. Kelly joined KWF Editorial in 2016 with more than 20 years of experience in publishing. Her journal experience includes serving as managing editor for the Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer and as the Director of Editorial Operations for the eight journals of the American Association for Cancer Research. Kelly is also the chairperson of the Council of Science Editors’ Editorial Policy Committee and an editorial board member for the journal Peer Review Research and Integrity.
Alex provides information management and data analytics expertise to clients who utilize KWF’s editorial office support services, enabling journals and societies to save time and money through task automation and data-driven decision making. Her skill set includes database programming, data visualization and project management, as well as workflow documentation, training, and analysis. She has specialized expertise with Aries’ Enterprise Analytics Reporting System (EAR) and other industry-specific data tools utilized at all stages of the scientific publishing cycle. Prior to joining KWF in 2012, Alex was a laboratory researcher in molecular biology and later managed staff training and development in science education.
Karen is the managing editor for the five journals of The Minerals, Metals, and Materials Society and for The Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery (JBJS). She provides editorial assistance and support to the clients, editors, reviewers, and authors of the various publications that she oversees. Karen has a 20 plus years’ experience in scholarly publishing, ranging from editorial to production to electronic-only products.
Michelle provides journal management services and performs the full range of peer review and editorial office tasks, including managing the peer review process, planning issues, maintaining journal correspondence, and managing journal social media sites. Michelle works closely with the editor-in-chief, editorial board, and publisher to cultivate and maintain new journal initiatives and special projects to increase the journal’s presence in the field. Under her management, journal submissions have doubled and the impact factor has increased significantly. Michelle brings 17 years of journal management experience including 12 years with the American Heart Association. She has extensive knowledge of the Editorial Manager, eJournalPress, and Bench>Press manuscript tracking systems.
As the managing editor for the Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, Tara oversees the day-to-day functions of the journal by managing the inbox (author, editor, reviewer, and publisher queries), and using Editorial Manager to collect and interpret journal data, process decisions, send decision letters, transmit articles to production, and help shepherd papers through the peer review process. Working with the editor-in-chief, she compiles monthly tables of contents and communicates with the editorial board and associate editors as needed, and helps identify potential topics for special issues and editorials. Tara has accrued a wide variety of experience and excellent overview of the publishing process during her 14 years in the academic and textbook publishing industry, having spent time, among other roles, as an acquisitions editor with Elsevier, marketing manager with Palgrave Macmillan, and manuscript editor for the American Journal of Epidemiology.
Mary supports PLOS’s editorial staff with both editor assignment and monitoring of the peer review and decision process. Mary leads a team focused on management of editors and peer reviewers, to ensure submissions move efficiently through the editorial process. She also helps secure editors for specialized submissions, consults on workflows, oversees general and reminder-based communications with authors, editors, and reviewers, and works across teams to ensure appropriate staffing for a dynamic client. With 9 years of industry experience hiring and managing editorial staffs and titles for PLOS and JAMA, Mary continues to hone her skills as a team member of KWF.
Monica’s experience in scholarly publishing reaches across the aisle. She manages a team of i-dotting, t-crossing production specialists who proofread almost 2,000 manuscript PDFs and online XML proofs per month. She also manages a team of peer review associates who oversee manuscripts through the editorial workflow from initial submission to accept decision. On the side, she has used her working knowledge of Editorial Manager to assist clients in making the transition from other manuscript processing systems. Coming to KWF Editorial in 2011 with a background in writing, editing, publishing, and teaching, Monica values her role in disseminating information to further science and discovery.
Michelle oversees the pre-production of several journals and assists with developing editorial protocols and supervising peer review processes. Michelle supports the managing editor in maintaining editorial board records and executing reports and special initiatives for KWF clients. With almost 20 years in publishing, Michelle has wide-ranging experience in nearly every role from manuscript submission through publication, including managing the launch and production of a successful cancer therapeutics journal.
Lindsay manages a portfolio of seven journals and oversees the peer review staff assigned to these accounts. With a decade of experience in publishing, Lindsay began her career with the publishing program of the American Psychological Association where she managed peer review and production for a large portfolio of journals. She is skilled at analyzing peer review processes to create and implement efficient workflows, managing peer review for high volume and high impact publications, integrating peer review products into workflows, and developing and maintaining excellent relationships with journal and association leadership across a variety of scientific disciplines. Additionally, Lindsay has experience assisting with the launch and daily operation of two Open Access publications.
Elizabeth serves as managing editor for several client journals, two of which she has been with for eight years. She has a wide range of roles: providing daily editor, author, and peer reviewer support; preparing journal statistical reports; leading editor and associate editor training; and, working closely with publishers on production tasks and issue compilation. Elizabeth has experience with Editorial Manager but is primarily a ScholarOne power user. Prior to joining KWF Editorial, she worked as a closed-captioning transcriptionist, was part of the national TV programming department at Public Broadcasting Service headquarters, and was an editor’s assistant at the American Geophysical Union in Washington, DC.
Katie currently works with the journals HeartRhythm and HeartRhythm Case Reports. She assists in the management of day-to-day tasks such as the submission, peer review, and decision process of manuscript, as well as overseeing the journals’ general emails, and supporting the Managing Editor in sending and scheduling manuscripts for production/issues. With more than 10 years of experience in the scholarly publishing field, Katie has worked on the editorial side of journal publications under Elsevier, Cell Press, the American Heart Association (AHA), the American College of Genetics and Genomics (ACMG,) and the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB). Over the years, Katie has become highly experienced in not only the management of the publication process from submission to publication, but also the management of social media sites for several of the journals with which she works. Katie recently spoke on the topic of social media management and how to make it work for publications at the North American ISMTE Meeting and co-presented a webinar on the same topic.
An employee since 2011, Carrie focuses on the day-to-day operations on multiple projects. She identifies weak areas in current workflows, maintains active systems, and helps to design and implement new processes. She also handles the daily human relations aspects of her various teams. Prior to working with KWF Editorial, Carrie worked for three years at Teksystems as the Baltimore office’s small projects coordinator. The immediate need to staff short-term projects helped her develop an ability to assess situational needs for each project very quickly and accurately.
Stephanie serves as a managing editor and peer review associate for KWF Editorial. She handles the journal peer review process, ensures production deadlines are met, trains new KWF staff, and updates journal protocols. She has over 15 years’ experience in the scientific publishing field, including work with the Annals of Emergency Medicine. During her tenure, she managed the editor workload of over 65 editors, organized and monitored the social media outlets for the journal, managed the Continuing Medical Education (CME) programs for the Journal with over 30,000 subscribers, and reduced the journal turnaround time to less than 1.5 days for processing of new manuscripts.
Stacie is the managing editor for the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine (JOEM). Her responsibilities include overseeing the peer review process, interfacing with Wolters Kluwer for print and online production, and handling JOEM social media. She earned a PhD at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health as a biophysicist and has extensive experience in research, teaching, grants review, and grant preparation. In addition, she has over 25 years’ experience in scientific/technical/medical publication and has served as the managing editor for Proteins: Structure, Function and Bioinformatics and the editor for the Department of Veterans Affairs’ Journal of Rehabilitation Research and Development (JRRD). At JRRD, she tripled the impact factor in less than 10 years and oversaw the complete editorial office, made all editorial decisions, and supervised all print and web production, outreach, and social media.
Maureen provides accounting services to KWF Consulting including client billing, assistance with budgets and payroll, and preparation of financial statements. Maureen is the President of Bagwell Accounting Services (BAS) which provides financial strategy and operational accounting services to small businesses in the Baltimore area.
Lisa works within the Business Management team as the Administrative Assistant. In this position, she supports each and every Peer Review Associate, Senior Peer Review Associate, Managing Editor, Editorial Director, and Managing Partner at KWF Editorial. With 12 years of administrative and human resource experience, Lisa brings a high level of organization and dedication to her position and the company.
Karen is part of the payroll/accounting support team for KWF Consulting. Her skills include more than 35 years in various industries managing and processing payroll as well as accounts payable. She also handles tax jurisdiction issues for payroll and assists with an assortment of other necessary business management activities.
Debbie manages external recruitment projects for KWF Consulting clients. With more than 30 years in the recruiting and staffing industry, Debbie rose to the senior vice president level with Adecco, the world’s leading provider of human resources solutions, where she was responsible for over 40 offices and more than 120 employees. Over the years she has become highly skilled in the development of workforce solutions in large and small scale recruiting projects ensuring a positive end-to-end hiring experience for candidates and hiring managers. Since joining KWF Consulting in 2011, Debbie’s recruiting has focused exclusively on positions in the scholarly publishing marketplace.
Jenny is responsible for a wide range of administrative and operational activities at KWF Consulting. To ensure prompt attention to the company’s changing needs, she maintains vendor relationships such as those offering IT, payroll, and telecommunication services. Jenny also supports business operations by providing technical solutions that improve operational efficiency.