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Professor Ginny Barbour
Academic Division,
Research Portfolio,
Director's Office, Research Ethics & Integrity
Discipline *
Library and Information Studies
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Doctor of Philosophy in Molecular Medicine (University of Oxford)

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Immediate past Chair, COPE (Committee on Publication Ethics)  2012-2017


Open access, Research integrity, Publication ethics

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008


Virginia (Ginny) Barbour is Co-Lead, Office for Scholarly Communications, Queensland University of Technology (QUT). She is Director of the Australasian Open Access Strategy Group, a position she has held since 2015. In 2004, she was one of the three founding editors of PLOS Medicine. She then became Chief Editor of PLOS Medicine, and then Medicine Editorial Director, finally becoming Medicine and Biology Editorial Director of PLOS from 2014 until 2015. She was Chair of 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 the development of a number of reporting guidelines including CONSORT, PRISMA and TIDieR statements. She has been and is currently involved with a number of Open Access, publishing, and ethics initiatives including HIFA and Evidence AID. She is the Chair of the Advisory Board for the Declaration on Research Assessment (DORA) and Chair of the Cochrane Library Oversight Committee. She is a Plan S Ambassador. She writes for the Conversation and other general interest sites such as The Ethics Centre.  She is on the NHMRC’s Research Quality Steering Committee. Part of her role at QUT is providing training in integrity and publishing innovation.

Her ORCID profile is here

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