Ginny Barbour

Prof Virginia (Ginny) Barbour is Director of the Australasian Open Access Strategy Group, which she joined in 2015, ( and Advisor to the Office of Research Ethics & Integrity and the Library at QUT. In 2004 she was one of the three founding editors of PLOS Medicine. She was the journal’s first Chief Editor, ultimately becoming PLOS Medicine and Biology Editorial Director. She chaired the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE, from 2012-May 2017.

She has a medical degree from Cambridge University, and a DPhil from the University of Oxford. She has been involved in global advocacy for open access and innovation in scholarly communication since 2003, including advising on development of open-access and related policies to a diverse group of organisations. She is currently on the NHMRC's Research Quality Steering Committee