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Steering Group

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


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).


Belinda Weaver
Griffith University

Belinda Weaver is the Head, Library Academic Engagement Services (which includes research support) at Griffith University. Griffith is the first Australian university to commit to an Open Research Statement. Belinda ran Griffith's Open Research Reference Group to work out how to operationalise the statement. As a certified Software Carpentry instructor and instructor trainer, she has introduced many researchers to the fundamentals of working computationally with data, and has trained scores of Software Carpentry instructors. She pioneered Library Carpentry training for librarians across Australia and New Zealand to enable them to better support researchers performing data-driven research. Her team at Griffith have developed a number of open source, self-paced lessons to help researchers work with data. Before coming to Griffith, she was the Community and Communications Lead for The Carpentries and previously worked as the eResearch Analyst Team Leader for Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation (QCIF) rolling out research cloud services to Australian researchers. She is a Fellow of the Python Software Foundation and tweets as @cloudaus.  


Dr Matthew Page
Monash University

Dr. Matthew Page is a Senior Research Fellow and Deputy Head of the Methods in Evidence Synthesis Unit in the School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine at Monash University in Australia. His research aims to improve the credibility of health and medical research. He co-led the development of the PRISMA 2020 statement for systematic reviews and was a member of the core group who developed the RoB 2 tool for assessing risk of bias in randomized trials. He is an associate scientific editor for the Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions. He frequently collaborates with clinicians on systematic reviews of interventions for a range of conditions, which often informs his meta-research agenda.

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