In this Meet-the-Editor blog post, meet PLOS Digital Health Editor-in-Chief Leo Anthony Celi. From new research developments to the relevance of PLOS Digital Health in the scientific community, get to know Leo and what’s in store for the journal
What does PLOS’s vision for open science mean to you?
Our own version of open science is perhaps much more extensive and far more ambitious than the traditional intention of open science. Our version of open science is based on beehive learning, where colleagues from all disciplines and countries learn together and from each other through a shared open ecosystem. Everyone contributes and is responsible for the knowledge system, a break from the current model where the creation and management of medical knowledge is controlled by associate and full professors who are not representative of most countries in the world. It sounds chimerical, but we believe that a critical mass is gradually forming for this to happen. We expect hiccups and pushbacks, but in general we are optimistic.
What specific expertise do you bring to PLOS Digital Health?
Rather than expertise, I bring a rich network of friends and colleagues from around the world who share our mission and vision.
What’s the most exciting part of your job as an editor?
The opportunity to continue our work in capacity building and promoting the beehive learning mentality convinced me to take the job.
What do you think PLOS Digital Health will bring to the digital health arena over the next decade?
More relevant than contributing to the field of digital health, I hope that PLOS Digital Health will spearhead a movement among journals to play a more proactive role in diversifying the research community and to redraw the map uneven medical knowledge system. We cannot tackle health disparities without tackling knowledge inequalities between rich and poor countries.
What developments are happening in your area of ââexpertise that you are passionate about at the moment?
I’m thrilled with how health disparities suddenly turned into a sexy machine learning problem. In the past, interest in health services research excited only students in schools of public health. The other day, I was on a conference call with data scientists from a large pharmaceutical company. It was refreshing to hear that they too share our paranoia that AI will encrypt documented disparities in real-world data in its algorithms.
What’s a common misconception new authors have about peer review or the publishing process?
The biggest misconception is that research is only for academics.
What are your hobbies?
Circuit training, kickboxing, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, burpees
Who is the smartest person you know?
The smartest person will never be as smart as the whole village.
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