About this blog

BMC On Society showcases illuminating research in the broad remit of social sciences, education, data & network science, economics, population studies, philosophy, behavioural science, humanitarianism, and any research with social impact that changes lives.

All content comes from our growing multidisciplinary portfolio of fully Open Access journals, which range from Life Sciences, Society and Policy to Measurement Instruments in the Social Sciences. The focus is on evidence-based research with strong societal implications.

As well as writing about the research we publish, we also feature discussions on conferences, insights into journal developments, and commentary on news in the field.


  • Ana Valente

    Ana studied astrophysics and cosmology at the universities of Porto and Heidelberg. She joined Springer Nature in 2016 as development editor of open-access journals in physical sciences.

  • Ben Johnson

    Ben is responsible for the acquisitions strategy in biological sciences and for the development of the microbiology journals at BioMed Central. Before working at BioMed Central he was a postdoctoral researcher in virology at Imperial College London.

  • Erica Gordon-Mallin

    Author profile image Erica is a development editor of journals in Business/Management, Economics, and other social sciences. Before joining Springer Nature in 2016, she studied literature and critical theory (BA Amherst College, MA University College London), and worked in trade book publishing.

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  • Roberto Garbero

    Author profile image Roberto has a background in linguistics and studied at the University of Milan. He's been working in STM publishing with Springer Nature since 2011 and is now Journal Development Manager of journals in the field of microbiology and infectious diseases.