The following people have been nominated by their organisations to stand in the OASPA elections for 2021:
Rod Cookson, IWA Publishing
Rod runs IWA Publishing, which helps give the world clean drinking water and safe sanitation. IWA Publishing is one of the first learned society publishers to completely transition its journals to Open Access. He is a Director and Council Member of ALPSP and a Council Member of the Society Publishers’ Coalition. Before IWA Publishing, Rod spent ten years at Taylor & Francis running the Medical, Life Science & Environmental journal portfolios. He has also worked for Blackwell Publishing, Reed Education and York Press.
Statement of Interest
As the Managing Director of one the first learned society publishers to completely transition their journal portfolio to Open Access, Rod Cookson would bring a unique and timely perspective to the OASPA board.
IWA Publishing is the publishing division of the International Water Association, a membership organization representing water professionals and researchers in over 140 countries. Through a portfolio of 17 peer-reviewed journals and over 850 books, we provide seminal information on our most valuable resource: water. Because of the nature of the content we publish – and its relevance to pressing global issues such as public health and climate change – we have been focused on making Open Access a reality for both our journal and book portfolio for the past five years.
Now a fully Open Access journal publisher, IWA Publishing employs a range of different OA models to sustain our operations and those of our society partner. Five journals are Open Access under an APC model and are also covered through IWA Publishing’s various Read & Publish agreements. Ten journals were recently made Open Access under a Subscribe to Open model – one of the largest STM portfolio flips using this emerging OA model. IWA Publishing has also made great strides in Open Access for books; we published 14 OA titles in 2020 and have already published 14 OA titles in 2021.
As a member of the OASPA board, Rod Cookson would be able to represent both small society publishers as well as the growing community of publishers undergoing Open Access transitions through Subscribe to Open. He is well connected in both spheres and an active proponent for progress through his positions at ALPSP and the Society Publishers Coalition, as well as his membership in the Subscribe to Open Community of Practice. As the publishing landscape transitions more and more towards Open Access, it is important that OASPA continues to represent the diversity of Open Access models and publishers – an imperative that Rod Cookson would look forward to ensuring as a newly elected member of the OASPA board.
Bekah Darksmith, PLOS
Bekah serves as PLOS’ Chief Marketing & Communications Officer, leading strategic development and management of outreach, marketing, and communications for the organization as well as overseeing its Research and Product Management funds. Over the past 20 years, she has worked across academic, not‐for‐profit, and commercial publishing markets. Prior to joining PLOS, Bekah served the University of California Press in a dual capacity. As its Deputy Director, she developed strategy and oversaw operations for marketing and sales and as the Executive Director of the UC Press Foundation she was responsible for driving philanthropic support for UC Press through engagement with its Board of Trustees and administration of the organization’s endowment.
Statement of Interest
Over the past 2 years I have had the privilege of supporting OASPA’s growth and development as a Board member, as the organization’s Treasurer, and as an active member of OASPA’s Executive Committee. OASPA is at an important moment in its development as an organization, expanding from an organization that has focused primarily on facilitating conversations around Open Access (by virtue of our annual conference and educational programs) to an organization that is engaging more directly and immediately in supporting the development of key initiatives (like the OA Switchboard) that have the potential to shape and support the continued growth and evolution of open access.
As the Treasurer for the organization, I’ve had the opportunity to undertake an important body of work with OASPA’s Executive Director, Claire Redhead, to chart a sustainable financial path for the organization moving forward. I’m passionate about helping non-profit organizations develop strong, disciplined strategic and financial planning practices. I’m enormously proud of the work that we’ve — collectively — undertaken together for OASPA. Continued growth, development, and expansion of Open Access requires that the OA community continue to come together in conversation, learning, and debate. OASPA can play a central role in that continued conversation but there’s more to be done to support OASPA’s continued strategic development. The work that we have done together as a Board and as an Executive Committee during my current tenure has served to whet my appetite for the work ahead. The depth of knowledge I’ve gained about the organization during my first term will allow me to provide continued support and direction to OASPA’s financial processes and forward planning. I would be honored to continue to support the organization in this capacity for another term.
Carolyn Kirby, Taylor & Francis
Carolyn works within the Commercial Division at Taylor & Francis, in a global role focused on accelerating the open access programme. Carolyn works closely with HE libraries, consortia and funders to understand their open research goals and to ensure that Taylor & Francis business models are able to support this evolving and rapidly growing landscape. This includes working closely across teams to ensure all agreements, whatever flavour they take, are sustainable for both sides, as well as underpinned by robust infrastructure which will maximise the uptake and impact of authors choosing to publish OA.
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I have worked in academic publishing for approximately ten years and in a role dedicated to open access since 2016. I have been an active participant at the OASPA Annual Conference and various webinars for several years now, and always found it to be one of the most useful and insightful on the calendar. I am very keen to join the OASPA Board both to contribute to the foundation’s activity and success, as well as to make an impact on the evolution of open research within the academic publishing industry.
The role of OASPA in bringing together organisations to align standards and best practice, and to drive innovation through collaboration, is one which relates closely to my day-to-day role at T&F as well as my personal passion for furthering open research. I also represent T&F on the Open Pharma group, have an extensive global network of stakeholders (internal and external), as well as experience of working across both books and journals particularly with a humanities-focused portfolio (including the associated challenges and opportunities that this brings through an open research lens), all of which I would bring to the table in an OASPA Board role.
I appreciate the opportunity to be considered for a seat and would be very excited to get started!
Stephan Kuster, Frontiers
Stephan Kuster is Head of Institutional Relations of Frontiers, the open access publishing platform based in Lausanne, Switzerland. This role involves initiating collaborations with various stakeholders that share Frontiers’ mission of making all science open. This means I work with libraries, universities, funders, and policy makers to understand their needs and together with them help my colleagues develop new solutions that support authors and their institutions in getting more impact for their research output.
Before joining Frontiers in autumn 2019, I was the Secretary General of Science Europe, the European association of research funders and large research organisations based in Brussels. During my tenure Science Europe launched several Open Science related initiatives, including Plan S and the Research Data Management guide. I am the current chair of the OASPA Interest Group of Fully OA Publishers and previously was a member of the Executive Board of the European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) and the Open Science Policy Platform (OSPP).
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OASPA plays a very important role in scholarly publishing as more than any other group it represents the diversity of the organizations involved in today’s scholarly communications sector.
Over the next few years Open Access is set to complete its trajectory from the novelty it was in the early 2000s to the new mainstream in scholarly publishing. With this OASPA becomes the authoritative group that truly represents the whole sector and its importance and responsibility grow further.
OASPA faces the challenge of federating its diverse views and perspectives without losing the ability to set the agenda and bring its voice into the debates that are today shaping the future of the industry. OASPA with its collective expertise has a clear contribution to make to these debates and should not shy away from addressing issues such as OA mandates, Transformative Agreements, different OA business models, marketplace transparency, among many others.
As chair of the recently formed OASPA Interest Group of Fully OA Publishers, I am committed to representing the perspective of pure OA publishers of different sizes in the OASPA board. A direct link between the Fully OA Publishers Group and OASPA Board would help strengthen the degree to which members of this group feel represented in the board and provide the board with a responsive sounding board when needed.
Having worked for many years in a member organisation with similarly diverse membership as OASPA I fully appreciate the challenges but also the opportunities involved. I know firsthand the difficult task this represent for the board that must balance the task of leading an active association with the task of representing the views of all its members, not only the largest or most influential ones.
I would be honored to bring these experiences to the OASPA board and make an active contribution to the association.
Rebecca Lawrence, F1000
Rebecca Lawrence is Managing Director of F1000 Research Ltd. She was responsible for the launch of the Open Research publishing platform F1000Research in 2013. She has subsequently led the initiative behind the launches of many funder- and institution-based publishing platforms with the likes of the Gates Foundation, Wellcome, European Commission and more, that aim to provide a new trajectory in the way scientific findings and data are communicated.
She was a member of the European Commission’s Open Science Policy Platform, chairing their work on next-generation indicators and their integrated advice: OSPP-REC, and Editor of their final report. She is also a member of the US National Academies (NASEM) Committee on Advanced and Automated Workflows. She is co-Founder and Board member of Open Research Central, and has been co-Chair of many working groups on data and peer review, including for the Research Data Alliance (RDA) and ORCID, and is an Advisory Board member for DORA (San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment). She has worked in STM publishing for over 20 years, is an Associate of the Royal College of Music, and holds a PhD in Pharmacology.
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Coming from a born-Open Access publisher who has been working to move the system not only to Open Access but beyond to full Open Research, I feel I can provide unique and invaluable input into the future direction of OASPA as the scholarly ecosystem continues to evolve at pace. The acquisition of F1000 by Taylor & Francis in January 2020 (but still remaining as an independent entity), also provides me with insight from inside a large mixed model publisher of both journals and books, and particularly of one with a key strength in the AHSS communities where transitioning to Open Access poses greater challenges.
The process of developing F1000Research from the start, where we have created a new, forward-thinking publishing model, has involved the rethinking of every part of the publishing process and how it integrates into the existing systems and tools. This has therefore required in-depth discussions and partnerships with all the major stakeholders in the scholarly system, providing me with strong knowledge of the opportunities and challenges that many of these groups face. This includes working with a wide range of scholarly infrastructures that capture and track metadata and indicators, through to repositories that capture and/or visualize data, code, methods, materials and more, where in many cases we were one of the first to partner with what are now well established organisations (e.g. ORCID, Figshare).
I also feel I bring a unique perspective from working so closely with many of the other key stakeholders across the scholarly ecosystem especially with research funders and institutions, policymakers, academies, libraries and societies. This has involved supporting policy development not only in relation to scholarly communication but also other key aspects of open research, from research data/output management, to reward and incentive systems and next-generation indicators, to researcher careers and education, and citizen science.
OASPA has played a key role as a crucial driving force in the shift towards Open Access. However, as changes in both the scholarly publishing system and the policy environment gather pace around the world, I feel I can bring invaluable experience and connections to help OASPA on the next stage of its journey, continuing the push towards Open Access but also taking it to the next level and addressing the challenges and opportunities that Open Research provides.
Jessica Monaghan, Springer Nature
Jess is Director of Policy and Performance, Open Access, at Springer Nature, where she has worked for the past seven years, focusing on enabling Open Research. After completing an AHRC-funded PhD in History at the University of Exeter, she moved from academia to scholarly publishing, joining the Open Research team at Macmillan Publishing in 2014, where she supported the transition of Nature Communications to full OA and was instrumental in setting up an OA funding and policy support service for researchers.
In her current role, Jess holds responsibility for developing OA policies and initiatives across the breadth of Springer Nature portfolios, including both journals and books. In recent years Jess has played a key role in enabling Springer Nature’s commitment to Open Research, forming part of the project group that developed an immediate OA option for the highly selective Nature Portfolio research journals, and last year successfully implementing Transformative Journal status for all Springer Nature’s research journals that are not yet fully OA, setting them on the path to transition.
Jess is passionate about enabling sustainable funding and equitable access to OA, has authored and contributed to a number of white papers on the topic, including ‘APCs in the Wild’ (2020), and regularly speaks at conferences and seminars. As a member of the Research4Life taskforce on OA publishing, Jess is working with stakeholders across scholarly communications to examine the barriers faced by institutions and researchers in low- and lower-middle-income countries, and identify collaborative solutions for equitable OA.
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I would really value the opportunity to serve on the OASPA board, and collaborate with colleagues across the industry to further OASPA’s position as a voice for the diverse group of publishers committed to enabling Open Access and Open Research. In my time at Springer Nature and through my participation in initiatives such as the R4L OA taskforce, I’ve been involved in a range of strategic and thought leadership activities and have seen the importance of taking an evidence-led approach to understanding the challenges and opportunities presented by the OA transition. Whether we are seeking to unpick the impact of funder policies on incentives for OA publication, or considering how to achieve sustainable OA models that are accessible to all, we need to gather evidence and insights from across the community to ground discussions in reality. I believe that OASPA offers a key forum for this work, and can provide real value to its members by coordinating and amplifying thought-leadership activity. I hope to bring my skills in this area to the wide range of expertise on the OASPA board, as well as contributing the perspectives gained from my experience in supporting the OA transition for a leading mixed-model publisher with a wide portfolio of OA and society-owned titles and large OA books programme.
Lucy Oates, Oxford University Press
Lucy Oates is a Senior Publisher at Oxford University Press and has over seven years of experience working in open access publishing. Specializing in journals and working across multiple disciplines, Lucy is now based in New York after many years in the UK. Lucy’s background is in languages and linguistics, receiving a BA in French, Italian and European Studies from the University of Bath, UK, before spending several years in France as a language teacher and studying for a Masters in Linguistics at the Sorbonne-Nouvelle Paris 3. Lucy’s experience in scholarly communications focusses on implementation of OA policy and strategy at Oxford University Press, including Read and Publish agreements, engagement with OA funder policies working with Wellcome, Gates Foundation, WHO among others, and working directly with the University of Oxford. Lucy also specializes in managing underlying infrastructure for OUP’s OA programme, and is involved with OUP’s OA communications. Lucy has participated in industry working groups, and was part of the OASPA conference organizing committee in 2018 and 2019.
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I would like to put myself forward for consideration for an OASPA Board Member position as a representative of Oxford University Press (OUP), a mixed model publisher and the largest university press publisher of open access research. OUP is mission driven to achieve the widest dissemination of research, and over the past seven years I have actively engaged with this mission in decisions I’ve taken, and I believe I would be well-positioned to engage with OASPA activities and ensure that these remain anchored in OASPA’s mission. Having recently moved from Europe to New York, I’m particularly interested in the development of OA in North America and would be excited to help OASPA in their work in this area.
I have vast experience of working with open access from different angles; from policy to infrastructure, compliance to negotiations, copyright to communications. I work across disciplines represented by OUP’s portfolio, and work with societies which hold different positions, objectives, and concerns. As this would be my first board position, if successful, I believe I can bring a fresh perspective to the board which will be fair, pragmatic, and thoughtful to support the successful management of the foundation as OASPA, its members, and the board, address new and emerging opportunities and challenges in open access and open research.
In addition to the appeal of contributing to OASPA’s purpose, I am particularly interested in being able to contribute to events, webinars, and working groups; I hope my experience of the publishing landscape coupled with my interpersonal, language, and teaching skills make me a strong candidate for this type of engagement, and I would welcome the opportunity to work with fellow stakeholders in the open access movement.
Stephanie Paalvast, Brill
As Head of Open Research at Brill, Stephanie Paalvast is responsible for the development of models and services to support Open Access & Open Science in HSS. After entering the publishing industry as a project manager, she quickly grew passionate about Open Access and helped shape Brill’s nascent Open Access program 7 years ago. Afterwards, she gained experience with scholar-led OA publishing at Utrecht University Uopen Journals. Back at Brill since 2018, she combines her experience with both commercial as well as not-for-profit publishing to move towards Open Access models suited to the unique and diverse HSS research landscape. Since 2014, Brill has published more than 500 Open Access books, 30 fully Open Access journals, hundreds of chapters and articles; and is proud to have 4 transformative agreements with library consortia.
– Brill is a member of ALPSP, UKSG, STM
– Stephanie worked on the Plan S pilot Transparency in Pricing
– Stephanie participated in the SPA OPS project
– Stephanie is a member of the advisory board for the OA Switchboard
– Stephanie sits on the OASPA Communications Committee
Statement of Interest
These are exciting times for Open Access. Funder policy is fast evolving, not just for articles but also books; models such as Subscribe-to/ Direct-to-Open are taking off; libraries and consortia are increasingly involved with new agreements and models; and above all, researchers are increasingly aware of OA advantages and opportunities. At Brill we see that Open Access is fast taking hold, even in (HSS) fields that were traditionally less aware of it.
Nevertheless, there is no doubt there are still many puzzles to solve. As a medium-sized publisher, Brill is keenly aware of the advantages and opportunities, but also the challenges that Open Access brings. How can we offer Open Access to unfunded projects? How do transformative agreements not only transform Open Access, but also publishers themselves? What if we don’t have access to a transformative agreement: how can we offer Open Access and make sure researchers comply with funder mandates?
As a member not just of OASPA but also ALPSP, UKSG, STM, I suspect these question marks will resonate with many. Here I see a key role for OASPA. More than any other organization, OASPA brings together all stakeholders: libraries, funders, publishers. This has been a unique achievement, and as board member I would like to help OASPA leverage this position in a pragmatic and collaborative spirit: 1) continue to facilitate conversations; 2) offer concrete tools for all stakeholders; 3) work with stakeholders to identify their needs to grow Open Access.
Gaynor Redvers-Mutton, Microbiology Society
Gaynor’s career in scholarly publishing is broad and varied, spanning editorial, acquisition and sales positions in AHSS and STEM disciplines. Having worked for society (self-publishing and contracted out) and commercial publishing houses, she has first-hand experience of the different attitudes, forces and routes to OA which the OASPA’s membership at large face. At the Microbiology Society, she has had the good fortune to be responsible for business development and sales at a major turning point for OA. She is responsible for creating, launching, and developing the Society’s Publish and Read transformative agreement.
Statement of Interest
Whilst we grapple to find stability in a shifting and dynamic OA landscape, it has never been more important to engage constructively and collaborate widely to help each other adapt to change. One of the greatest challenges OA poses is how to embrace different geographies, disciplines and business models. I would like to devote time to ensure that OASPA continues its great track record of providing meeting points for a diverse community. In helping publishers find their OA path and by providing other stakeholders a voice and platform, OASPA has created a refreshing, open and frank community not shy of tackling difficult issues. Representing a mixed model society publisher, aiming for sustainable routes to OA, my interest in serving on the Board is to help maintain and develop the strong foundation of an organisation which enables others to learn better ways to achieve as well as advocate for OA. I want others to benefit, as I have done through OASPA’s activities.
Anne Ruimy, EDP Sciences
Anne Ruimy has a PhD in Ecology and 15 years of experience in the publishing industry, as copy-editor, journal manager, publisher, and project manager specializing in open access data journals. She joined EDP Sciences in 2018 as senior publisher, responsible for the development of a portfolio of journals in physics and mathematics. She manages a mix of subscription/hybrid journals, native OA journals, and journals transitioning to open access.
She has led the transition of 6 mathematics journals to open access under the new Subscribe to Open model, in partnership with the French Society of Applied and Industrial Mathematics (SMAI). Finally, she coordinates a program of science publishing masterclasses, training PhD students and young researchers in all aspects of scientific writing, reviewing and publishing, including open access and open science.
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EDP Sciences is a medium size, mixed model STM publisher of books, journals and conferences, engaged for several years on an ethical and financially sustainable transition of its entire portfolio to open access via different routes. Anne is looking forward to representing small-to-medium size publishers, as well as society-owned publishers, on the OASPA Board.
She is particularly eager to bring to the Board her experience of the following issues: innovative OA business models, promoting OA to the younger generation, and moving beyond open access to open science.
Adrian Stanley, JMIR Publications
Adrian is the Chief Innovation and Development Officer at JMIR Publications, one of the world’s first Open Access, Digital Health, and Open Science publishers, based in Toronto. JMIR’s Founder and CEO, Gunther Eysenbach, was pivotal in the launch of OASPA. Prior to joining JMIR, Adrian served as Managing Director, Publishers at Digital Science, a division of the Holtzbrinck Publishing Group, for the last 7 years focusing on investing in cutting edge technology solutions to enhance and disrupt the research and innovation space. Adrian spent 15+ years with the UK’s Charlesworth Group, a global publishing services company, serving as CEO of Charlesworth, Group USA, and COO of Charlesworth China, living and working in Beijing for 4 years. Adrian brings a wealth of experience and relationships from the global scholarly publishing industry, having lived and worked on 4 continents. Adrian enjoys being an active member of the scholarly comms and OA community having held numerous volunteer posts including Past President, and current Co-chair of the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP), a current DOAJ Ambassador, member of the OA Switchboard Client Advisory Group, an Associate Editor for Learned Publishing Journal, and Board Member for Canadian Youth Not-for-Profit STEM Fellowship.
Statement of Interest
I’m interested in serving on the OASPA Board as I passionately want to further its mission, and to bring support and a voice to open access and open science initiatives around the world; especially those of the pure born-digital OA publishers, alongside those making important transitions. I have the ability to support OASPA through a diverse and well-connected global network of contacts, across a broad range of important stakeholders and geo-locations. I strongly believe it’s critical that we focus on developing our shared resources, collective goals, common infrastructure, and equitable practices during this time of great change, challenge, and opportunity by engaging community stakeholders in positive meaningful discourse, allowing creative problem solving, and building a broader longer-term collective vision for the future of our industry. To succeed, this dialogue needs to be inclusive and engage funders, universities, libraries, researchers, publishers, and infrastructure service providers, so we can truly design, adapt, develop and strengthen our open access and open science culture, infrastructure, and ecosystems in a well balanced, sustainable and meaningful way. I have a proven track record bringing diverse stakeholders together, inspiring collective future vision, and enabling meaningful change. I would be honored to serve on the OASPA Board.