Dr Virginia Barbour is the Executive Officer of the Australian 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 IMM, Oxford. She undertook post-doctoral work at St Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.
As well as being Chair of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE) she is a Director of the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME). She has been involved in a number of reporting guidelines including CONSORT, PRISMA and TIDieR statements. She is on the steering group of the AllTrials initiative. She has an academic title as Professor at Griffith University, Queensland and is also an honorary Professor at the University of Queensland.