© Jana Christopher

Jana Christopher

Image Integrity Analyst

Who I am

I was the first image integrity analyst for EMBO Press, when the program started in 2011. 

At the end of 2015, I started my own business, and joined FEBS Press in 2017 as a permanent member of staff. 


My assignments come from various other journals and publishers including SpringerNature and The Royal Society, I also run training courses, and regularly present to students and young scientists.

My background is in theatre arts and linguistics. In 2002 I obtained an MA in Bilingual Translation from Westminster University, London, before returning to Germany and starting a new career in publishing.

I live in Heidelberg with my husband and two daughters.

What I do ...

Image analysis of blots, microscopy images photographs, diagrams, graphs, plots

  • Processing of a variety of images using Photoshop to enhance hidden morphological details

  • detection of manipulations including splicing, cloning, erasing, stretching, and various types of duplications 

  • verification of potential duplications with overlay techniques

... 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

Paper mills are a threat to the scientific record  



UKRIO Expert Interview with Jana Christopher 2021


Chemical & Engineering News  2021

          Paper mill hits RSC journals


Nature News   23 March 2021

The fight against fake-paper factories that churn out sham science


Nature News   21 July 2020

Pioneering duplication detector trawls thousands of coronavirus preprints


Nature News   12 June 2015

The image detective who roots out manuscript flaws