Caroline Sutton is Editorial Director and Co-Founder with Co-Action Publishing. Co-Action Publishing AB was one of the founders of OASPA and Caroline served as the first President of the Association. In addition to serving on the board, Caroline has been involved in the conference organizing committee, various OASPA projects, and has spoken on behalf of OASPA at conferences and other events. Caroline has served on the board of SPARC Europe, and is currently Director with Infrastructure Services for OA (IS4OA), which manages the DOAJ.
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It is an honour to have been nominated for a new term serving on the OASPA board and I thank those who submitted my name. I am very interested in continuing offer my services as I feel I still have more to contribute. For OASPA, I believe my presence on the board offers some continuity within the organization. I have followed the association from its infancy to a more established position within the scholarly publishing landscape and contributed to creating a professional organisation on solid financial ground. I would like to be a part of ensuring continued success for OASPA. Second, as a Medium-Sized publisher with a full OA portfolio, we are small yet commercially oriented. As such, we share many interests with large established publishers, yet we have been closely engaged with emerging university presses and similar organisations who are working on a different scale and are encountering other challenges and opportunities.
Rhodri Jackson started his publishing career in Oxford University Press’ English Language Teaching division and moved over to journals publishing in 2006. Over the last nine years he has managed OUP’s open access programme, Oxford Open. In that time it has developed from a small initiative comprising a couple of fully OA titles and 20 or so hybrid journals to cover almost all of OUP’s journal publishing. The systems, communications, and policy around OA at OUP have similarly transformed in that time.
Rhodri has been involved with OASPA since the first COASP in 2009 in Lund, joining the board in 2012, and becoming OASPA Treasurer in 2014. During his time on the OASPA board he has been heavily involved in the board’s work on policy, particularly in regard to hybrid publishing, and also in OASPA’s efforts over the past three years to develop from a small organisation into an effective industry body which has the resources and capabilities to reflect OA interests over the long run.
In addition to his OA responsibilities, Rhodri is also Senior Publisher for OUP’s very successful law journals list, and for publishing in China. He spends 6-8 weeks a year in China working with publishing partners and OUP staff.
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In my time on the OASPA board I’ve been privileged to be a part of a group of people working really hard in their spare time (all on top of busy jobs) to further the mission of the organisation. As OASPA, and OA publishing in general has grown, it’s been a constant but invigorating challenge to adapt OASPA to the new and ever-changing realities of open access publishing – to continue to ensure the best practice guidelines are correct, communicated well and adhered to, to make OASPA a coherent and financially sustainable organisation, to deal with the many OA ‘stings’ and other accusations of malpractice, and most importantly, to meet the needs of the members, without whom OASPA would not exist. I believe in the work that OASPA does and enjoy being a part of that work. More than that, I believe that the varied nature of my current job and my background mean I bring a unique perspective to the board – experience of fully OA, hybrid, and subscription publishing, experience of working at a university press, experience of STM and HSS subjects, and experience of working globally across the UK, Europe, North America, and China. At present OA publishing has great potential to develop but great potential to be blown off course. OA needs a strong OASPA and I’d dearly love to continue to be a part of that.
Catriona McCallum is currently a Senior Advocacy Manager at PLOS and a Consulting Editor for PLOS ONE. She entered publishing in 1998 as the assistant Editor of the Elsevier journal Trends in Ecology & Evolution, becoming Editor in 1999 and Managing Editor in 2001. Catriona moved to PLOS in July 2003 as one of the launch editors of PLOS and PLOS Biology and was a Senior Editor on PLOS Biology for 10 years, where she was also involved in the planning stages of the PLOS community journals and PLOS ONE.
Although based in the UK, in her current role Catriona takes a particular interest in open access policy and open science initiatives across all of Europe. Originally, Catriona studied Zoology at Edinburgh University, and has a Ph.D. on the evolutionary ecology and genetics of speciation. She took a sabbatical from PLOS in 2007-2008 as an invited Fellow of the Institute of Advanced Studies in Berlin, where she worked on promoting the integration of evolutionary biology and medicine and also spent time researching issues on open access. In addition to her editorial experience, Catriona has spoken and written extensively about the transformation of scholarly publishing and is a keen advocate of open access, open science, and the reform of scholarly communication. Most recently Catriona represented OASPA as part of the independent panel reviewing the implementation of RCUK’s policy on Open Access.
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I have been a passionate advocate of Open Access for almost 12 years and I believe the next five years will be critical for OASPA and its members. The publishing landscape and the role of publishers is changing rapidly not just because of the internet and the digital transition but by the sheer scale and complexity of the entire global research enterprise. This is creating a shift in the publishing industry to one that is focused on services rather than on commodities, and on communities rather than on just individuals. OASPA has an important role in helping to shape the standards, processes and principles that enable their members to navigate these changes effectively and create the infrastructure and the publishing services that provide the levels of dissemination, quality, trust and innovation expected by the scholarly community and the wider public.
I have been on the OASPA board for two years and have been part of the organising committee for the COASP conferences and am currently chair of the membership committee where we help assess member applications. I would relish the opportunity to continue on the Board and to use my range of experience and expertise in the industry to further the mission of OASPA and to support all its members through the changes necessary to transform the scholarly communication system into one that is open, sustainable, scalable, networkable, dynamic and collaborative.
Xenia van Edig
Since the beginning of 2012, Dr Xenia van Edig has been working in Business Development at Copernicus Publications, an open-access publisher based in Göttingen, Germany. There, she is responsible for the acquisition and development of new journals. Furthermore, she is in charge of the establishment of institutional agreements regarding the central settlement of article processing charges (APCs) and represents Copernicus Publications at various events throughout the year. Before joining Copernicus, her academic research led her to many long-term stays abroad in Asia, Africa, Australia and Latin America. She was involved in different university boards, has participated in several scientific conferences, and has published scientific articles. In addition to being employed at the University of Göttingen for several years, she worked as a scientific coordinator of an international project at the University of Kassel. While there, she became involved in the publication of an open-access journal for the first time.
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I have been very enthusiastic about open science for many years, and I am eager to further promote this idea. Even though open access has become an established publication model within the past years, I think there is still a lot to be done with regard to the needs of the different scientific disciplines and also with regard to the various scientific outputs (e.g. data, model code, instrumentation or software).
The company I work for, Copernicus Publications, transformed into an open-access publisher in 2001. Thereby, Copernicus has experienced open access from its early stages and is also a founding member of OASPA. For many years, we have been actively involved in discussions on the publication, citability, and acknowledgement of research outputs other than scientific articles.
By joining the OASPA board, I’d like to share our experiences with innovative solutions like data publishing and transparent Interactive Public Peer Review. I want to actively contribute to the advancement of open access and open science by promoting best practices of adjusting open access to the needs of different scientific communities, associations, funders, research organizations, and last – but certainly not least – the individual scientists and their various research outputs.
Pierre J T de Villiers
Pierre de Villiers is the founder and current managing director of AOSIS Pty Ltd. The scholarly publishing division AOSIS Publishing (www.openjournals.net) was founded in 2005 and currently is the largest scholarly open access publisher in South Africa, with a portfolio of 28 journals.
He is professionally trained as a family physician and was the founding professor and head of the department of family medicine and primary care at the University of Stellenbosch, South Africa.
He holds a fellowship by peer review of the Colleges of Medicine of South Africa, and a doctorate from the University of Stellenbosch in the field of community health.
He is the former editor-in-chief of the scholarly journal South African Family Practice, and the current managing editor of the Medline listed African Journal of Primary Health Care and Family Medicine
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I strongly believe in the moral and practical reasons for publishing in open access (OA), which is the primary reason I founded AOSIS Publishing. I am also convinced that the OA model is the preferred way for developing countries and for smaller journals. I bring with me experience at all levels of the research value chain: as practitioner (using), academic (producing), editor (evaluating) and publisher (disseminating). I also would like to provide, when needed, a perspective from the smaller and independent publishers, particularly from the developing world. I believe OASPA should continue to provide strong leadership in sustainable and ethical business practices, be a platform for sharing innovation and best practices, and provide rigorous and transparent self-regulation for the OA industry.
Pierre Mounier is deputy director of OpenEdition, a comprehensive infrastructure based in France for open access publication and communication in the humanities and social sciences. OpenEdition offers several platforms for journals, scientific announcements, academic blogs, and, finally, books, in different languages and from different countries. Pierre teaches digital humanities at the EHESS in Paris. He has published several books about the social and political impact of ICT (Les Maîtres du Réseau, les enjeux politiques d’Internet 2001), digital publishing (L’Edition électronique, with Marin Dacos, 2010) and digital humanities (Read/Write Book 2, Une introduction aux humanités numériques, 2012).
As deputy director of OpenEdition, Pierre Mounier’s work mainly revolves around the development of an internationalisation strategy for the infrastructure, in particular by establishing partnerships with platforms and institutions in Europe (Oapen in Netherlands, UNED in Spain, University of Turin in Italy, Max Weber Stiftung in Germany, CRIA in Lisbon, EKT in Greece) and elsewhere (PKP in Canada). To further this objective, he regularly participates in international conferences and seminars to present OpenEdition’s programmes and discuss subjects relating to digital humanities and open access. Pierre Mounier participates in the activities of Dariah, the European infrastructure for digital humanities, and co-pilots the “Open Access” group within the French infrastructure BSN.
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I wish to present my application to join OASPA’s board, essentially to allow for the expression of a wider diversity of points of view within the association in terms of the initiatives it adopts. My first aim is to enable greater representation of the humanities and social sciences in issues relating to open access publication. I am convinced that the challenge for these disciplines is not to “catch up” with the natural sciences, but rather to chart their own course towards open access. I would like OASPA to actively participate in this pursuit. Another aim is to promote greater geographical – that is, cultural and linguistic – diversity in the open access field. Southern European countries in particular are under or poorly represented within the association. In this context, OpenEdition not only represents France but is also in a strong position to promote the point of view of other Latin European countries via its partners across the Mediterranean and in Latin America. As an advocate of open access publication, OpenEdition also campaigns for bibliodiversity and multilinguism, both of which are ways of putting the ideals that animate the open access community into practice. It is this point of view that I wish to bring to the OASPA board.
Frederick Fenter is the Executive Editor of Frontiers, an innovative and rapidly growing open-access publisher based in Lausanne Switzerland. He studied chemistry (Ph.D. Harvard, 1990) and conducted research in atmospheric science for a number of years before moving into scientific publishing with an appointment as manager of the Inorganic Chemistry Program at Elsevier Science, Lausanne (1997). Since then he has been founder of a start-up in publishing technology (FontisMedia SA, Lausanne); advisor to the launch of a institutional document repository (InfoScience); and publisher of an English-language University Press (EPFL Press, Lausanne). In 2013 he moved back to Frontiers, which he had previously advised as a consultant during its first 18 months of activity.
At Frontiers, Fred oversees a program of over 50 open-access journals, covering more than 400 specialty areas, constituting one of the largest editorial boards in scientific publishing. He is directly involved in all the innovation projects at Frontiers, including those on research networking and text mining, to give two examples.
Fred is frequently invited to talk about his experiences and perspectives, with presentations or round-table participation over the last year at the American Chemical Society Meeting, COASP, Frankfurt Book Fair, London Book Fair, Council Scientific Editors Meeting, and SpotOn.
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As the full accessibility of the scientific literature becomes a service routinely demanded by authors, institutions and funders, we find ourselves with the opportunity to take scientific communication to a new level through the leveraging of open-access principles — by making content more discoverable, understandable, and interpretable.
I currently work as Executive Editor at Frontiers, a large open-access publisher and leading innovator in publishing technology, where I have the pleasure to participate in initiatives that drive all three: discoverability through social networking (Loop); understandability though peer-review innovation and outreach programs (Frontiers for Young Minds); and interpretability though text and data mining (Horizon2020 project OpenMinTed).
The mission of OASPA puts it at the heart of this emerging paradigm of scientific communication — and, in this rapidly evolving context, it is uniquely positioned to encourage accountability from all the partners involved. This can be achieved by providing guidelines for data storage and curation; by defining protocols and standards for the structuring of databases of scientific documents; and by engaging publishers, funders and leading institutions to adopt best practices.
Bringing my past experience in a wide range of publishing initiatives, and with the breadth of my current role at Frontiers, I would be honoured to contribute to our community as an OASPA board member and to help define the priorities that would best accomplish its mission.
Natasha is Associate Director, Author Marketing at Wiley where she is responsible for driving Open Access and Author Engagement Marketing strategy. Working on positioning Wiley as the first choice publisher for authors by making the author experience the best it can be. Helping Wiley retain our author base, attract new authors and in turn publish more and generate more author-based revenues.
Before joining Wiley Natasha ran her own marketing consultancy during 2007-2009. Prior to that Natasha was Sales and Marketing Director at BioMed Central, the leading open access publisher, for over 6 years. With overall responsibility for the global marketing, sales, PR, creative design, and customer service, the company went from strength to strength. During her time at BioMed Central Natasha saw the company gain global recognition and reach profitability in a very competitive marketplace. Before joining BioMed Central Natasha worked for Macmillan Publishers in various marketing roles including Marketing Manager for journals and reference products in the Nature Publishing Group portfolio.
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I would like to join OASPA’s board so I can help advocate open access (OA) and support and represent the interests of OA journal and book publishers globally. I have worked in OA publishing for 15 years and therefore believe I have a lot of experience to bring to the OASPA board. At BioMed Central I was involved in the start of the gold OA business model and with other Directors drove it to reach profitability.
I joined Wiley over 5 years ago have be instrumental in the acceleration of our gold open access business. Including the launch of new OA journals, flipping subscription journals to OA and setting up institutional and funder payment models and systems which help drive our OA business forward. I speak at numerous industry and customer events on OA publishing and business model to help education and share innovation with publishing colleagues and customers. I believe that my passion and experience in OA will bring a lot to the OASPA Board.
As Chief Executive Officer of MDPI, Delia Costache is mainly responsible for expanding the business, ensuring the highest publication standards and improving the author services. Previously she held the position of Publishing Development Manager. Before joining MDPI, Delia worked as Journal Publishing Manager for John Wiley & Sons in the UK, where she was responsible for the strategic development and performance of a large portfolio of journals within the health sciences division. Delia holds an MA in International Publishing from Oxford Brookes University. Before obtaining her Master’s degree she worked as Business Development Manager for a medical publisher in Romania and previous to that worked on several PHARE European projects, acquiring project management experience. Although most of her career in publishing has focused on journals, Delia also became familiar with book publishing as part of an internship within the medical books department at John Wiley & Sons during her master’s degree. Outside of her employed work, Delia was invited to work on market research projects run by the Publishers Association (UK) and Outsell (UK) Ltd.
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My current interests are to explore and innovate in the area of author services, in order to optimize the open access business model. It has been an interesting learning experience for me to pass from a subscription-based publisher, where the main clients are the libraries, to an open access model, where the primary clients are authors, although libraries continue to play a key role. Open access publishers should be the leading innovators of author services. I have been supportive of the open access model since I worked for Wiley, and was involved in the initial stages of their open access program. Since joining MDPI, I have become a more vocal advocate for promoting open access among authors and editors, which has sometimes been a challenge. Open access is still evolving, and open access publishers need to look at constantly improving their services to accommodate the needs of authors, learned societies, funding bodies and other stakeholders, while maintaining a sustainable business model. OASPA should be looking to help build a reputation among scholars for open access publishing. I look forward to the opportunity to contribute to OASPA’s efforts to advance the open access publishing model.
Eleonora Dagiene has held the position of director of Vilnius Gediminas Technical University (VGTU) Press since 2006. VGTU Press annually publishes approximately 150 titles, including textbooks, study guides, doctoral theses and rigorously peer reviewed monographs. Efficient and effective publishing systems and scholarly publishing services are employed in publishing of 19 peer-reviewed journals in technologies, social sciences and humanities. Six of the journals published by VGTU Press are fully Open Access and 12 are co-published with Taylor & Francis. While keeping deep-rooted academic publishing traditions, Eleonora is an active supporter of latest innovations in scholarly publishing.
Currently, VGTU Press has become one of the most advanced Lithuanian academic publishers and is a member of well-known organisations as CrossRef, ALPSP and OASPA. Along with running the VGTU press, Eleonora is committed to raising the overall quality of scholarly output in Lithuania and broadening awareness of changes in the publishing landscape through organizing international conferences on publishing related topics such as scientific journals publication ethics, technology application in the publishing of scientific journals, research evaluation, altmetrics, data publishing, unique identifiers, etc. As an author of several papers, Eleonora is a strong advocate of progressive scientific journals publishing. Her research interests are scholarly communication, scholarly publishing and scientometrics. Lastly, Eleonora is a co-founder and president of the Association of Lithuanian Serials (LMPA, 2010) which unites and supports more than 100 research journal editors based in Lithuania.
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OASPA has a very important role in supporting and strengthening Open Access publishing. I want to join the OASPA board to offer the views of university presses which are under a threat of extinction and are facing essential changes. I believe OASPA should continue to provide strong leadership in sustainable and ethical business practices and provide OA standards to the whole scholarly community. My experience during the last decade shows that excellent results are possible with adopting a passion for reaching goals. So, by joining the OASPA board, I want to actively contribute to publishers who are still standing on a crossroad of different publishing models.