Championing open access: Andrew Waller from University of Calgary is BioMed Central's inaugural Open Access Advocate of the Year
12 May 2011
Open access publisher BioMed Central presented the first Open Access Advocate of the Year award at their recent 5th Annual Research Awards ceremony held at ZSL London Zoo, UK on Thursday 5th May. Andrew Waller, Open Access Librarian in the Scholarly Communication Centre at the University of Calgary, AB, Canada, was the deserving recipient of this award having overseen the publication of over 170 articles since the launch of the university’s Open Access Fund in 2008.
Andrew’s commitment to and belief in open access has lead to the University of Calgary’s researchers being fully supported by funds allocated specifically for open access publishing costs. He was also responsible for setting up their institutional repository which is now the second largest university repository in Canada.
Bev Acreman, Commercial Director at BioMed Central, said: “Having been a pioneer of the open access movement, it is BioMed Central’s honor to celebrate individuals who have pushed the movement forward. This year, there was no more deserving winner than Andrew who has established a culture of open access publishing at a highly-respected academic institution. He is truly deserving of this first Open Access Advocate of the Year Award, and it is our pleasure to work so closely with him to further develop his initiatives.”
To view the full list of winners, photos and videos from the evening or to receive advance information about next year’s Awards, please visit http://www.biomedcentral.com/researchawards/.
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