Darla HendersonSeveral recent posts on the well-respected Scholarly Kitchen blog ruminated on the definition of “Open Access” in journal publishing – as in, “What do we mean by Open? And, “What do we mean by Access? After 15 years of OA publishing, the author noted, consensus around the basics of OA remains lacking.

What we can say for certain is that something that sounds so simple as “Open Access” is proving exceedingly difficult for all parties involved to master in practice. All of which makes everyone’s job in publishing much harder than ever before. The challenges of Open Access are real, but heroes like Darla Henderson at the American Chemical Society are triumphing.

ACS LogoIn a recent webinar presented by Copyright Clearance Center, Darla Henderson offered her “real world” advice on supporting authors and publishing colleagues in their transition to new publishing models. Her top tips: Be ambitious; be proactive; seize the opportunity.

Dr. Darla Henderson is the Assistant Director of Open Access Programs, Publications Division, at the American Chemical Society, a position she has held since 2014. She is responsible for the conception, development, and execution of ACS’s multi-faceted open access publishing strategy, including expanded options, rewards, ecommerce, and both hybrid and fully open access journals in the ACS portfolio. Darla has a Ph.D. in organic chemistry with a biological focus from Duke University.

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