Executive Officer, Australasian Open Access Support Group, Australian National University

Dr Virginia Barbour is the Executive Director of the Australasian Open Access Support Group She is based in Brisbane, Australia. She has a long history of working in open access publishing, having joined PLOS in 2004 as one of the three founding editors of PLOS Medicine, finally becoming Medicine and Biology Editorial Director of PLOS in 2014. Her training in publishing was at The Lancet where she worked before joining PLOS.

She studied Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge, then medicine at UCL and Middlesex Hospitals, London, specializing in haematology. Her DPhil was on alpha globin gene regulation at the University of Oxford. She undertook post-doctoral work at St Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.

She is Chair of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE). She has been involved in a number of reporting guidelines including CONSORT, PRISMA and TIDieR statements. She is an advisor to a number of publishing and ethics initiatives and is on the steering group of the AllTrials initiative.

She works part time in a joint appointment as Professor between the Office of Research Ethics and Integrity, and the Library, Division of Technology at Queensland University of Technology. She has an academic title as Professor in the School of Medicine at Griffith University, Queensland and is also an honorary Professor at the University of Queensland.


  • 2015–present
    Executive Officer , Australian Open Access Support Group
  • 2014–2015
    Medicine and Biology Editorial Director , PLOS
  • 2012–2014
    Medicine Editorial Director, PLOS
  • 2004–2013
    Editor, PLOS Medicine, PLOS