NC State

2022 BioResources Person of the Year

Kay Sun, North Carolina State University

BioResources is pleased to announce that our winner for the “Person of the Year” award for 2022 is Kay Sun.  Kay, who works in the computer support group for the College of Natural Resources at North Carolina State University, provided outstanding service, way beyond the call of duty, in upgrading the “Open Journal Systems” software employed by the journal BioResources for managing the processes of article submission, peer reviewing, and making published articles available to databases.  To begin, she researched the possibilities for automatic migration from an old version of OJS to a current version.  However, due to various problems with software versions, those efforts were unsuccessful.  That turned out to have been a blessing in disguise, since Kay was then able to focus on preparing a new account based on the most recent version of the software (OJS, with all of the latest upgrades in security, permitted file size, and other features.  Since the switchover in November, we have achieved much improved efficiency of our operations.  In particular, there has been a relatively high rate of responses to our automatically sent emails to prospective reviewers.  The average time needed to complete a cycle of reviewing has decreased.  Throughout the transition, Kay kept us all in the loop and preempted problems with such things as the renumbering of the new articles to match the previous series.  We at BioResources are very pleased with the new OJS software and wish to honor Kay Sun, who made this all possible.