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Heather Joseph

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Heather Joseph
Joseph after meeting at the Office of Science and Technology Policy
OccupationOpen access activists

Heather Joseph is a United States-based advocate for open access and particularly academic journal publishing reform. She is the executive director of the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC) and a member of the PLOS Board of Directors.[1]


In the late 1990s, Joseph was the editor of Molecular Biology of the Cell.[2] In August 2000, Joseph was appointed president and COO of BioOne. In this role, Joseph led the non-profit start-up enterprise's business, operational, administrative, and strategic development.[3]


Joseph encourages scientists to encourage their publications to get the broadest readership possible by discussing publishing options with research institutions, scientific societies, and the government.[2]

She advocates for the passing of the Federal Research Public Access Act.[4]

She is one of the organizers of Access2Research.[5]

In December 2020, the National Information Standards Organization (NISO) recognized her accomplishments "as a leader in the open access movement" by selecting Joseph for the 2021 Miles Conrad Award.[6]


  1. ^ Darlene Yaplee (2012-05-17). "PLoS Appoints Two New Members to Board of Directors". Retrieved 2013-01-25.
  2. ^ a b Rossner, M. (2008). "Heather Joseph: Getting the message across". The Journal of Cell Biology. 183 (3): 368–369. doi:10.1083/jcb.1833pi. PMC 2575776. PMID 18981225.
  3. ^ http://www.bioonepublishing.org/news/bioone-appoints-heather-joseph-president-and-coo/ BioOne Appoints Heather Joseph President and COO
  4. ^ Michael Nielsen. "How you can help the Federal Research Public Access Act (FRPAA) become law". Archived from the original on 2012-05-03. Retrieved 2012-05-28.
  5. ^ David Dobbs (2012-05-25). "Open-Science Geeks Invite Obama Onto Roller Coaster". Wired. Retrieved 2012-05-28.
  6. ^ "2021 Miles Conrad Lecturer Announced | NISO website". www.niso.org. Retrieved 2021-03-16.

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