Elsevier CEO profiled in Information Today

Editor-in-Chief Barbara Brynko interviews Ron Mobed for leading information services publication

Barbara Brynko is a well-known and respected journalist in the STM publishing industry, and her publication, Information Today, has been a leading source of information for librarians and other information professionals since 1984. In fact, she probably knows a lot more about Elsevier’s history than many of our employees do. She’s met and covered dozens of our senior managers and product leaders.

Ron Mobed In this in-depth interview with our CEO, Ron Mobed, Barbara covers everything from Ron’s background as a petroleum engineer (“his foray into processing data from the offshore oil rigs turned out to be the start of a lifelong understanding of information systems and the value of creating workable solutions for customers”) to his challenges today (“With research information getting more complex, more digital, and more interconnected, new domain skills are needed in computational linguistics, taxonomies, ontologies and information technology to handle the sheer volume of Big Data.”).

Barbara also asked Ron about open access, to which he replied:

In the end, as long as an information solution is sufficiently important to the people who use it, then there is going to be value in that information solution. The business model for who pays and how becomes secondary.

As for the boycott: “We don’t like the idea that researchers don’t think we’re doing a good job, and we want to fix it.” Have a look — we hope you enjoy it. [divider] Tom Reller

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As VP of Global Corporate Relations at Elsevier, Tom Reller (@TomReller) is the primary media spokesman for Elsevier, responsible for the company’s relationships with media, analysts and other online communities.

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Tom Reller March 8, 2013 at 4:28 pm

Hi Richard, thanks for your question and the opportunity to clarify. What Ron was referring to was a combination of our green posting policies (https://www.elsevier.com/about/open-science/open-access) and our posting agreements with institutions and funders (https://www.elsevier.com/about/open-science/open-access/agreements), along with our gold OA options (https://www.elsevier.com/about/open-science/open-access).

Richard Poynder March 8, 2013 at 6:59 am

The interview includes the following sentence: "Open access is certainly not a new concept, especially for Elsevier, which has its own collections that range from Open Access Journals to Open Archive to Green Open Access (for self-archiving)."

I am wondering what Elsevier's Green Open Access collection is?