Maria Kowalczuk is a Research Integrity Manager at Springer Nature. She obtained a PhD in biology at the University of Wroclaw, Poland in 2002 and held a permanent position there. In 2006 she moved to the UK and joined BioMed Central as an in-house Editor for a number of BMC series biology journals. In 2010 Maria moved to a broader editorial role in the Biology and Medical Editors team. In 2014 she was appointed Biology Editor in BMC’s Research Integrity Group which in 2017 was restructured to become Springer Nature Research Integrity Group. In her current role as Research Integrity Manager, Maria oversees a team of Research Integrity Advisers who support in-house staff and external editors of Springer Nature journals and books in ensuring adherence to editorial best practice and standards in peer review. Maria continues to take part in debates, meetings and conferences related to research integrity and publication ethics.