Karen Hunter is Senior Vice President at Elsevier. With Elsevier since 1976, she has been involved for much of that time in corporate strategy and with the journal migration from print to electronic. The earliest e-efforts were in the late 1970s and she was the team leader in creating ScienceDirect, Elsevier's principal online platform, in the mid-1990s. She has specialized in the research library market and in policies affecting that market. She is on the boards of CrossRef, the Copyright Clearance Center and CLOCKSS (a library-publisher digital archiving partnership). She is on the Copyright Committee of the AAP and served as a member of the National Research Council's Committee on Intellectual Property Rights and the Emerging Information Infrastructure. Hunter has an undergraduate degree in history from the College of Wooster and graduate degrees in history, library science and business administration from Cornell, Syracuse and Columbia universities respectively. Before Elsevier she worked for Baker & Taylor book wholesalers and Cornell University Libraries.
Supporting universal access to the results of research is one of the goals and responsibilities of a journal publisher. There are many ways to achieve this objective, while ensuring the long-term sustainability of the peer review publishing system. An approach of experimentation and gradual adoption of a portfolio of approaches can provide a workable way forward.