PLoS is pleased to announce the appointment of Cameron Neylon as Director of Advocacy. Cameron is well known in the scientific community, recognized for his professionalism, experience, vision and influence in scholarly publishing, communication, and research. His attendance at the Budapest Open Access Initiative meeting, advisory role for the Scholarly Communication in Africa Program, and leadership of the Open Society Foundation-funded Beyond Impact project are recent examples of his focus on web technology to enhance research communication. After earning his PhD in Chemistry from Australian National University, Cameron worked as a Wellcome Trust International Fellow at the University of Bath; a lecturer in chemical biology at the University of Southampton; and most recently a senior scientist at the Science and Technology Facilities Council, UK. He has also served as an academic editor for PLoS ONE—one of many commitments he will transition prior to joining PLoS in early July.
In his new position, Cameron will promote advocacy of Open Access and develop strategies to drive the broader reinvention of research communication, both within the existing PLoS journals and beyond. He will work with other Open Access advocates, funders, publishers and scholarly societies to raise awareness and promote the adoption of research communication systems that support the public’s access and contribution to research. Cameron’s passion and dedication to Open Access are manifest in his speaking engagements and leadership in online media. His knowledge of policy and the scientific community in the EU and Asia/Pacific region will be a great asset to PLoS. He is among the most effective, articulate and balanced advocates of open and collaborative science, and of quality, speed and sustainability in research communication. Please join us in welcoming Cameron and congratulating him on his new role.