Q&A with Steven Gilmour, Editorial Board Member of Experimental Results, Mathematics, Statistics & Probability Section
This is the latest of an ongoing series of interviews with people involved with our new Open Access journal, Experimental Results – a forum for short research papers from experimental disciplines across Science, Technology and Medicine, providing authors with an outlet for rapid publication of small chunks of research findings with maximum visibility.
Can you tell us a bit about your background, and what your current research is focused on?
Since my PhD from the University of Reading, my research career has been in the theory, methodology and applications of the design and analysis of experiments. I have held academic posts at the University of Reading, Queen Mary University of London and the University of Southampton, before joining King’s College London in 2016 to build a new Statistics Group. I have always kept multiple strands of research running and current projects are on multi-objective optimal design, model-robust factorial designs, designs on networks and design and analysis of clinical trials of complex interventions.
What has been your biggest challenge/greatest achievement in your career so far?
The biggest challenge throughout my career has been to persuade experimenters to discuss their experiments with a statistician at the earliest possible stage and certainly before running the experiment. I feel a sense of achievement when I see an experiment produce robust conclusions that would have been impossible without a good design being used. When that design is developed from my own research it is doubly rewarding.
Why did you decide to become an Editorial Board Member?
I believe strongly that we can learn as much from the process of carrying out experiments as we can from the results from these experiments. I am excited by the commitment of Experimental Results to publishing all results, which is a great step to overcoming the reproducibility crisis.
How will Experimental Results benefit your research field?
The focus on the process of experimentation should help stimulate more experimenters and statisticians to collaborate.
What excites you about Experimental Results?
All of the above, as well as the commitment to open access and open peer review. I often feel that discussions between authors and referees are as interesting as the papers themselves and openness is a step in this direction.