In the spring of 2022, Joanna, DOAJ’s Managing Director was interviewed by the Against the Grain journal. The interview (pages 53-55) has been published in the June issue.

Joanna explains how her role as Managing Director is really a new role compared to her predecessor, Lars. She talks about her work to sustain DOAJ when so much is dependent on donations from libraries, but that how sustainability is more than just about finance.

Over the last 19 years we have carefully built up a reputation that is synonymous with quality, independence, and reliability. As the tipping point for open access is reached, DOAJ’s role in pushing for a fairer, more equitable system for publishing research will only grow.

Joanna also talks about her vision for DOAJ in the future, including how an organisation like ours should be governed in a way that all voices can be heard. She wants to raise awareness around the wide range of activities that DOAJ engages in and ensure that DOAJ is used for its expertise to influence decision-makers, both at local and international levels.

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