Steven Vidovic is the Head of Open Research and Publication Practice at the University of Southampton, UK. Steven did his PhD in Earth and Environmental Sciences, studying the evolution of extinct flying reptiles. Because of Steven’s chosen discipline, scholarly communication and public engagement was important to demonstrate the value of his research. Steven has lectured and briefly worked for a commercial publisher. In his latter role, Steven managed a substantial and diverse portfolio of Biological, and Earth and Environmental Sciences journals. Steven returned to the university sector in 2018 to manage the University of Southampton’s open research interests. It is a privilege for Steven to work with an expert team in an institution with a long and influential history in open research. Additionally, Steven is the Chair of the DOAJ Advisory Board, and contributes to numerous international and national advisory/task and finish groups, to inform and advance the open research agenda.