Title of the speech: Springer Author Academy: a guide on writing and publishing your journal manuscript
Dr. Nabil Khelifi holds a PhD degree in Marine Geosciences from Kiel University in Germany. He is currently Senior Editor for Springer, part of Springer Nature in Heidelberg, Germany. He is managing Springer program in Middle East & North Africa (MENA) region. He received fellowships from START in 2005 and the DAAD from 2006 to 2010 to continue with his PhD studies. After his PhD in 2010, Dr. Khelifi received a postdoctoral research grant from the DFG to start his self-designed research projects at the GEOMAR Kiel, Germany on reconstructing past changes in oceanography and climate in the North Atlantic and the Mediterranean Sea using marine sediment samples retrieved by the IODP. He published his research work in some reputable journals. Dr. Khelifi also received funding from the ESF and some European universities to co-organize two workshops on Pliocene climate in Bordeaux, France (2009) and Bristol, UK (2013). He also received the Swiss Government Excellence Scholarship to continue with his research projects at ETH Zurich, Switzerland in early 2014. However, he decided in March 2014 to pursue his career as a Publishing Editor with Springer. He is mainly responsible for developing the Springer’s publishing program in MENA region. The program currently consists of developing 20 journals and publishing about 50 scientific books every year. Dr. Khelifi also helps researchers in MENA countries publish their work by delivering educational seminars for authors, reviewers, and journal editors to help improve publication output and quality. Dr. Khelifi is also a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Sfax, Tunisia and King Saud University, KSA giving MSc and PhD courses in geo-communication/-presentations and techniques of paper publishing, as well as career development training and professional development/soft skills workshops. Recently, Dr. Khelifi has been awarded with the 2016 Africa Green Future Leadership Award in recognition of work contributing to sustainable development through advancing science and promoting publications in Africa.