Ginny Barbour's background in publishing comes from The Lancet, which she joined in 1999, becoming molecular medicine editor in 2001. She joined the Public Library of Science in 2004 and was one of the three founding editors of PLoS Medicine.
She initially studied Natural Sciences at the University of Cambridge, and then medicine at University College and Middlesex Hospital School of Medicine, London. After training in haematology at the Royal Free Hospital, London, she studied aberrant alpha globin gene regulation at the Institute of Molecular Medicine in Oxford, then did post-doctoral work on beta globin gene regulation in the Division of Experimental Hematology at St Jude Children's Research Hospital in Memphis, Tennessee.
She is a member of the Ethics Committee for the World Association of Medical Editors (WAME). She has participated in discussions on revisions to CONSORT statements, the QUOROM statement and was involved in the first meetings of the EQUATOR initiative.