Steering Group

The AUS-RN Steering Group currently comprises Fiona Fidler, Paul Glasziou, Ginny Barbour, Shinichi Nakagawa and Alex Holcombe. 


Professor Fiona Fidler

University of Melbourne

Fiona is broadly interested in how experts, including scientists, make decisions and change their minds. Her past research has examined how methodological change occurs in different disciplines, including psychology, medicine and ecology, and developed methods for eliciting reliable expert judgements to improve decision making.

She originally trained as a psychologist, and maintains a strong interest in psychological methods. She also has an abiding interest is statistical controversies, for example, the ongoing debate over Null Hypothesis Significance Testing. She is a current Australian Research Council Future Fellow, and leads the University of Melbourne’s Interdisciplinary MetaResearch Group ( Her position at the University of Melbourne is split across the School of BioSciences (Ecology & Evolution) and the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies (History & Philosophy of Science).


Professor Paul Glasziou AO
Bond University

Paul is Professor of Evidence-Based Medicine at Bond University and the Director for the Institute of Evidence-Based Healthcare. His key interests include identifying and removing the barriers to using high quality research in everyday clinical practice. He is a leader within the Reward Alliance, investigating research waste and promoting better prioritisation, design, conduct, regulation, management and reporting of health research.  Other interests include overdiagnosis and overtreatment, general practice, uptake of evidence for non-drug interventions, and automation of systematic review processes.


Professor Shinichi Nakagawa


Shinichi is originally from Japan but has studied and worked in New Zealand, UK, Germany and Australia. He is currently a professor of behavioural/evolutionary ecology and research synthesis at UNSW, Sydney ( He has been always interested in better statistical methods and reporting, having written several best practice guides for the fields of ecology and evolution. He has so far been involved in conducting over 50 meta-analyses and have been recently co-developing PRISMA for EcoEvo (Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic reviews and Meta-Analyses for Ecology and Evolution) with his collaborators. Shinichi has also co-established a preprint server for ecology, evolution and conservation biology, EcoEvoRxiv (

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Professor Ginny Barbour


Ginny Barbour is Director of the Australasian Open Access Strategy Group and is Co-Lead, Office for Scholarly Communication, Queensland University of Technology (QUT). In 2004, she was one of the three founding editors of PLOS Medicine. She has been involved over the years with many Open Access, publishing, and ethics initiatives including currently (DORA) the Cochrane Library Oversight Committee, and as a Plan S Ambassador. She writes for the Conversation   She is on the NHMRC’s Research Quality Steering Committee.

Her ORCID profile is here:

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Professor Alex Holcombe

University of Sydney

Professor Alex Holcombe is an experimental psychologist at the University of Sydney. He has worked on various initiatives to address publication bias and reproducibility. For example, he co-founded the Registered Replication Reports since 2013, co-founding the journal Advances in Methods and Practices in Psychological Science in 2018, and this year joining the editorial board of Collabra: Psychology. You can find him discussing open science and related issues on twitter (@ceptional).