After four years of dedicated service and steady leadership, Peter Binfield, Publisher of PLoS ONE, will be leaving us on May 18th. Under his stewardship, PLoS ONE has grown into the largest peer reviewed journal in the world. In the process, PLoS ONE has pioneered new editorial models that are being widely adopted by many publishers. We part on the best of terms – Pete is leaving to start his own company, and so we wish him well in this new Open Access Initiative. PLoS ONE is in very capable hands under the expert guidance of Executive Editor Damian Pattinson and Senior Editorial Manager Jackie Thai. Damian and Jackie already run day to day publishing operations, and they will continue to do so.
We are also pleased to announce that Kristen Ratan has been appointed head of a united Publications and Products group. Kristen brings a wealth of experience in both scientific publishing and product development, and has quickly made significant contributions to PLoS. Kristen’s passion for innovation, people, and publishing will be a tremendous asset for us as we continue our leadership in Open Access publishing. With the extensive experience of Ginny Barbour and Theo Bloom, both recently promoted to Editorial Directors, PLoS has strong editorial leadership in place that complements Kristen’s product and platform development experience. The Open Access movement is increasing in momentum and we appreciate the support of the community as we continue our effort to accelerate progress in science and medicine by leading a transformation in research communication.