Virginia Barbour

Council Title: 

Term of Office as Chair
2015-2017 Second term
2012-2015 First term

Term of office as Secretary

Term of office on Council

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.

Talks and presentations: 


Invited speaker on Publishing and Ethics at various Australian Universities including: University of Queensland, Griffith University, QUT, Flinders University, University of Melbourne, Southern Cross University. 2013 - 2015

The REWARD/EQUATOR Conference, Edinburgh, UK.  28 - 30 September 2015

“Publication and Research Ethics: inextricably linked and impossible to ignore", Medical Editors Meeting, Sydney, Australia. August 2015

"Reclaiming the Knowledge Commons: The Ethics of Academic Publishing and the Futures of Research 'The role of  incentives in the new world of publishing' ", Sydney, Australia. 26 August 2015

"Publishing Ethics - an overview", Southern Cross University, Australia. 26 May 2015

"How can we change the culture of science in a way which minimises the extent of fraud and misconduct?", The Royal Society, London, UK.  5 May 2015


"Uncovering the Impact Story of Open Research and Data", invited speaker at Australian National Data Service (ANDS) Seminar, Brisbane, Australia. 3 November 2014

Invited speaker, Wiley Japan Executive Seminar, Yokohama, Japan, September 2014

"Challenges as standards and systems in peer review  evolve", invited Speaker, OASPA Asia, Bangkok, Thailand. 2 - 3 June 2014

"Building a Culture of Data Citation", ANDS Canberra Workshop , Canberra, Australia. 1 March 2014


Advisory Board member & Panel Chair, Seventh International Congress on Peer Review and Biomedical Publication, Chicago. 8-10 September 2013

Speaker, PharmedOut, Washington DC, USA. June 2013

Presenter to Nuffield Council on Bioethics Forward Look Group, 7-8 May 2013

Presenter, Evidence Live, Oxford, UK. March 2013


"ACT now: Accuracy, Completeness, and Transparency in health research reporting", Speaker EQUATOR Seminar, Freiburg, Germany. October 2012
Panel Speaker, European Medicines Agency Clinical trial data workshop, London, UK. November 2012

"Educational Initiatives in Publication Ethics", CSE/COPE workshop at 2012 CSE Annual Meeting, Seattle, USA. 18-21 May 2012

Participant on Workshop on Research Integrity in the UK, London, UK. January 2012


Speaker, EU Summit on Gender in Science and Technology, Brussels, Belgium. November 2011

Speaker, PharmedOut Conference, Washington DC, USA. June 2011