PLOS is pleased to announce that Michael W. Carroll will join the PLOS Board of Directors, effective September 29, 2012. “As a leading advocate for unrestricted dissemination of scientific research, Michael brings significant expertise in article licensing, distribution, and reproduction to further our efforts to increase open access,” said board chairman Gary Ward.
Michael is a founding board member of Creative Commons, advising on initiatives in science and education. He is a Professor of Law and Director of the Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property at American University’s Washington College of Law. His research and teaching are in the areas of intellectual property law and cyberlaw. His prior experience includes membership on the faculty of Villanova University School of Law, serving as a law clerk on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and practicing law at Wilmer, Cutler & Pickering in Washington, D.C. He graduated from the Georgetown University Law Center and the University of Chicago.
Michael is one of the foremost experts on the Creative Commons Attribution License that PLOS uses to simultaneously acknowledge authors’ copyright ownership while granting unrestricted access to everyone in the world. In November 2011, he published a perspective, Why Full Open Access Matters, in PLOS Biology’s Open Access Collection. “Scientific authors who pay to publish their articles in an open-access publication should be congratulated for doing so. They also should be aware that they may not be getting full open access from some publications that charge for publication under the open access label,” according to the article.