The OASPA Board of Directors comprises 11 members who serve for a term of 3 years. This September four of the current OASPA Board Members reach the end of their term of service.
In keeping with our annual election process, OASPA member organisations were invited to nominate a representative for consideration as a candidate. We are very grateful to all of those who took part in the election this year.
OASPA’s By Laws require that the board is appointed by the membership. As in previous years, details of the candidates for 2020 were circulated to all members who were then asked to choose their preferred candidates and to vote for them in no particular order.
This year there were particular requirements for replacing the outgoing board members:
Regarding the composition of the board, the OASPA By Laws also state that at least half of the seats must be held by organisations which obtain at least 50% of their revenue from open access publishing. Furthermore, we are keen to ensure that the board represents the diversity of the membership as much as is possible, both in terms of business model and with regards to publishers vs the supporting services and infrastructure providers which we also have as members. The Board assesses the requirements and implications on an annual basis.
As such, to maintain the existing balance in 2020:
1) OASPA members who are either fully open access publishers or are in the ‘Supporting Services & Infrastructure’ category were able to put forward nominees from their organisations, however representatives of mixed model publishers could not take part in the 2020 elections.
2) At least 2 of the available seats on the board would go to candidates who represent fully open access publishers.
While the elections were underway, Xenia van Edig of Copernicus Publications informed us she would be stepping down from the board at the end of June and that Copernicus would not be putting forward a replacement, so there was unexpectedly a fifth seat to fill. As stated above, this year the requirement has been to maintain the existing balance of organisations on the board and so Xenia’s departure meant that a representative from another fully open access publisher would be required. The board decided that the candidate with the next highest number of votes would be offered the seat, provided they were a fully open access publisher.
Having now finalised the results of the voting, we can announce that seats this year will go to Juan Pablo Alperin (PKP), Sarah Greaves (Hindawi), Lara Speicher (UCL Press) and Vincent WJ van Gerven Oei (punctum books). Stephanie Orphan (Portico) has been re-elected. We are looking forward to all of them starting their three year term in September.
OASPA expresses our sincere thanks to the three Board Members who will be stepping down – Eelco Ferwerda (OAPEN), Catriona MacCallum (Hindawi) and Franck Vazquez (MDPI) – for all of the time and effort they have put into supporting OASPA during their time on the board.