© Jana Christopher

What I do ...


  • Image analysis of blots, microscopy images and photographs
  • Using a semi-automated process in image processing, I make image aberrations more visible
  • Using a variety of overlay techniques, I determine whether an area has been duplicated, or just looks similar.
  • Compare figures across several papers to assess potential plagiarism
  • Compose a detailed illustrated report describing all potential problems


... and why I do it

  • Research misconduct can misdirect research effort, waste funds, and damage public trust in science


  • It is beneficial to both authors and journals to detect questionable images before they become part of the published literature


  • Papers that are of substantial public interest, or present results that are unexpected and/or counterintuitive, should be screened especially carefully before publication

Jana Christopher

Image Integrity Analyst

Who I am

In 2011, I started the Image Integrity programme for EMBO Press for its 4 journals, The EMBO Journal, EMBO reports, EMBO Molecular Medicine, and Molecular Systems Biology. The programme was very successful and received much recognition in the scientific press.

I have a background in theatre arts, and worked in theatres and opera houses in London's West End for several years. I obtained an MA in Bilingual Translation from Westminster University in 2002, before returning to Germany and starting a new career in publishing.

After working as an editorial assistant for a medical journal at Springer, I joined EMBO in 2005 before starting my own business at the end of 2015.


I live in Heidelberg with my husband and two young daughters.