Paul Peters becomes OASPA president

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Paul Peters is the new president of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA) from 15 March.

Peters, who has been working for Hindawi Publishing since 2004, takes over from Caroline Sutton, publisher & co-founder of Co-Action Publishing, who has been president of the OASPA Board from its official inception in 2008 and contributed to the original draft of the by-laws together with David Solomon.

'I am very excited at the opportunity to lead OASPA,' said Peters. 'Particularly since the organisation has come to play an increasingly important role within the scholarly publishing ecosystem. I am incredibly grateful to Caroline for all of her hard work over the past five years in leading OASPA from the very first discussions between a small group of open-access publishers, and for helping to turn it into one of the most important trade associations within the industry, currently representing more than 50 full voting members.'

Sutton added, 'I am proud to have had the privilege to serve OASPA over the last five years. I feel the organisation has made some major contributions towards establishing open-access publishing as an accepted and viable element within scholarly communications and has helped to establish standards as both new and familiar organisations have ventured into this space. I look forward to continuing to work on behalf of OASPA in the future, now with a focus on policy issues. Paul is an excellent choice as a successor and I will be supporting his efforts in any way I can.'