Spotlight on Peter Suber: Open Access Week 2013

In honor of Open Access Week 2013 (October 21-25), we will be profiling an influential figure in the scholarly communication landscape each day.

Monday, October 21

photo of Peter Suber

Peter Suber


  • Ph.D. in Philosophy, Northwestern University, 1978
  • J.D., Northwestern University, 1982

Current Positions

  • Director of the Harvard Office for Scholarly Communication
  • Director of the Harvard Open Access Project
  • Faculty Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society
  • Senior Researcher at the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition (SPARC)
  • Open Access Project Director at Public Knowledge
  • Research Professor of Philosophy at Earlham College

Notable Affiliations

  • Member of the Academic Steering & Advocacy Committee of the Open Library of Humanities (OLH)
  • Member of the Board of Enabling Open Scholarship (EOS)
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the Journal of Scholarly and Research Communication
  • Member of the Editorial Board of the Open Access Directory (OAD)
  • Member of the Advisory Board of the Open Knowledge Foundation, and the Advisory Council for its Open Definition
  • Member of the OA Advisory Board of Open Humanities Press

Notable Publications

Interesting Facts

  • Considered by many to be the leader of the open access movement.
  • According to Wikipedia, Suber worked as a stand-up comic from 1976-1981, including an appearance on "The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson" in 1976.
  • Lingua Franca magazine named Suber one of Academia’s 20 Most Wired Faculty in 1999.
  • With one exception, all of Suber’s publications are open access.

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