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RMIT welcomes Dr Virginia Barbour, Executive Officer of the Australasian Open Access Support Group for a discussion on the the future of scholarly publishing.
The scholarly publishing industry has transformed beyond recognition in the past twenty years. Not only have methods of dissemination of scholarly work changed, but there has been an explosion of innovation in many different aspects of publishing: in the types of material considered as academic output; changes in peer review; new business models; and new opportunities for engagement post-publication.
At the same time there have been fundamental developments in much of the infrastructure of publishing, including author identity, versioning of articles and linking within and between articles.
We are therefore at a critical point in the opening up of the academic literature and everyone involved in publishing – be it authors, reviewers or editors – needs to be aware of these debates and ensure that scholarly publishing serves their needs, not just those of publishers.
Dr Virginia Barbour is Executive Officer of the Australasian Open Access Support Group a position she took up in 2015. She is Chair of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). She was one of the three founding editors of PLOS Medicine, and was Medicine and Biology Editorial Director of PLOS from 2014 until 2015. She also has a part time position as Professor in the Office of Research Ethics & Integrity at Queensland University of Technology (QUT).
She has a medical degree from Cambridge University, and a DPhil from the University of Oxford. She has been involved the development of a number of reporting guidelines including CONSORT, PRISMA and TIDieR statements. She is an advisor to a number of Open Access publishing and ethics initiatives and is on the steering group of the AllTrials initiative. She is based in Brisbane, Australia.