Sarah Greaves is an invaluable member of the Hindawi family and a leading figure in the strategic direction of our publishing operations. Sarah is a woman I look up to and I feel fortunate to call her a colleague and mentor. I believe that her recent election to the OASPA Board of Directors is a recognition of all the hard work she’s put into driving openness in scholarly communication and pushing the ideas of Open Access and Open Science to the forefront of publishing.
Sarah is passionate about science communication that places the researcher at its heart. “Researchers are the core of our industry and we must never forget what publishing in any of our titles means for them, their research, and their careers”, she told me.
Researchers are the heart of our industry and during this unprecedented time the key issues they are facing regarding faster publication, transferable peer reviewer reports, use of preprint servers and the publication of negative and null results will challenge our industry in new and exciting ways. “By being of service to researchers during this time and beyond, we will ultimately create a more flexible, transparent and dynamic industry, fully equipped to advance science and make a long-lasting impact for future generations”, she said.
Open access has been part of Sarah’s career since 2010 when she launched Nature Communications. Moving towards 2021, and with the momentum gained through Plan S, this is a crucial time for OASPA, primarily through its Board, to best represent the leading role that fully open access publishers and related open services (such as archiving, data sharing, etc.) will play in the new, more open world. There are critical issues facing all of us in scholarly publishing, but currently organizations which have been fully open access for many years are often not represented at an industry level during this era of transformative agreements and transition policies.
As an OASPA Board member Sarah aims to represent fully open access publishers (as she has done recently on the Plan S Transparent Pricing Steering Group and in leading the COVID 19 Rapid Review Initiative) and all those working within Open Science to drive forward their communities. “I am keenly aware of the need to do more with preprint servers, enforce FAIR data, support open abstracts and citations, and do whatever we can to increase openness in a way that ultimately serves the academic, our journals and our industry”, she added.
This is an exciting new chapter for Sarah and all of us at Hindawi but, most importantly, a commitment to continue placing the researcher at the heart of everything we do – whether as a publisher or as individuals striving for a shared vision for forward-thinking openness in scholarly publishing.
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