NeuroML Editorial Board

An elected board of editors has been formed to manage the NeuroML specification development process. The editors are responsible for producing and maintaining the official documentation for the NeuroML language. Due to the close link between the development of NeuroML 2 and LEMS, this group is also responsible for producing a stable specification for the subset of LEMS used by NeuroML 2.

The five current members of the NeuroML Editorial Board are: Upi Bhalla, Andrew Davison, Padraig Gleeson, Boris Marin and Robert McDougal. Andrew Davison and Upi Bhalla were elected for three year terms 2015 - 2018 and Padraig Gleeson, Boris Marin and Robert McDougal were elected for three year terms 2016 - 2019.



Upi Bhalla
NCBS,
Bangalore,India
Website
Andrew Davison
CNRS, Gif-sur-Yvette,
France
Website
Padraig Gleeson
University College London,
UK
Website
Boris Marin
University College London,
UK
Website
Robert McDougal
Yale University,
USA
Website

Procedures

The procedures for election of the editorial board, its responsibilities, size and activities were heavily inspired by other initiatives like SBML, that have had successful editorial teams for many years. The COMBINE initiative seeks to promote community developed standards in computational biology, and the NeuroML editorial board will work with this initiative to ensure best practices in specification preparation.

Responsibilities of the NeuroML Editors

The editorial board consists of five members, elected by the NeuroML community. The main responsibilities are:

  • Defining and documenting the procedure for specification production: scope, release frequency, update procedures, form of specification (web based or single pdf, etc.). This should be based on some or all of the recommendations for community based standards development from the COMBINE initiative. These procedures for specification production will have to be agreed with the NeuroML Scientific Committee.
  • Preparing the core specification for the NeuroML language, using as a starting point the NeuroML 2 beta specification. A first version of this may concentrate on the most well tested/widely supported parts of NeuroML 2, but it should evolve to include all modelling areas within the scope of the language.
  • Testing reference implementations of NeuroML compliant applications.
  • Preparing a specification for the LEMS language. This can be a subset of the language supported by the reference implementations in Java (jLEMS) and Python (PyLEMS), but will have to cover all of the LEMS elements required to specify the ComponentType definitions for NeuroML 2.
  • Responding to community queries about the specification.
  • Establishing a procedure for incorporating major changes into the specification (in cooperation with the NeuroML Scientific Committee).

Participation in the editorial board will be on a volunteer basis, there is no central funding to support this work.

Initial election of editors (2013)

The first election of an editorial board for NeuroML took place in May/June 2013.

  • The electorate consisted of the members of the NeuroML mailing lists on 3rd May 2013
  • Anyone on these lists could nominate someone to be an editor. Self nominations were also allowed.
  • The three candidates who received the highest number of votes will serve three year terms and the two with the next highest number of votes will serve two year terms.
  • Nicolas Le Novère (lenov -at- babraham.ac.uk) was the returning officer for this initial election.

Election of editors (2015)

The second election of an editorial board for NeuroML took place in June/July 2015.

  • The electorate consisted of the members of the NeuroML mailing lists on 18 June 2015
  • Anyone on these lists could nominate someone to be an editor. Self nominations were also allowed.
  • The two candidates who received the highest number of votes would serve three year terms.
  • Nicolas Le Novère (lenov -at- babraham.ac.uk) was the returning officer for this election.
  • Results were announced here.

Election of editors (2016)

The third election of an editorial board for NeuroML took place in July/August 2016.

  • The electorate consisted of the members of the NeuroML mailing lists on 18 July 2016.
  • Anyone on these lists could nominate someone to be an editor. Self nominations were also allowed.
  • The three candidates who received the highest number of votes would serve three year terms.
  • Nicolas Le Novère (lenov -at- babraham.ac.uk) was the returning officer for this election.


Editorial Board Meeting Reports

Reports of the meetings of the NeuroML Editorial Board can be found here.



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