Ben Johnson

Magazine Editor, Nature Medicine, Springer Nature
  • Springer Nature
  • United Kingdom

About Ben Johnson

I trained as a virologist, starting with an undergraduate degree in virology from the University of Warwick, UK. My PhD, in influenza virus genetics and immunoevasion, was from Public Health England and the University of Reading, UK, with Maria Zambon and Wendy Barclay. My research interests then moved to smallpox vaccines, viral ion channels and cell adhesion, while a postdoc at Imperial College London with Geoffrey Smith, FRS. I then joined open-access publisher BioMed Central in 2011 as an editor and then associate publisher and was Head of Communities & Engagement at Springer Nature from 2016, running the Nature Research Communities and other online engagement activities for researchers. I joined Nature Medicine in 2021, with responsibility for news and opinion content, and am based in the London office.

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Aug 24, 2018
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Haha sorry Max! You have to be quick with the open goals :)

Aug 24, 2018


Feb 26, 2018

Thanks, Jen. Looks very sensible. We may want to set up a "super admin" role with this and a couple of other abilities.

Feb 05, 2018

Hi Jen, the only potential issue I can see is with badging, although we don't use badges for our current default group, which is Members. I don't think it would be a problem to have all Contributors and Editors as Members also, but I might need to give it some more thought. I don't think an invitation group is necessary for us at the moment, although I can see how it could be useful.

Oct 31, 2017

It's great to see this now live! When you publish in a room, is this content also published in Latest Content on the homepage or in Channels? It seems like it shouldn't be (or the post wouldn't be private!) but just wanted to check how this works in practice.

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