Mike Taylor is a mathematician by training, a library software engineer by profession and a palaeontologist by avocation, so he combines an unusual set of perspectives on academic publishing.
In his day-job he designs and builds discovery systems for libraries, managing credentials and proxies to access paywalled journal articles. In his spare time he researches the palaeobiology of sauropod dinosaurs, struggling to access that same subscription literature, which he needs for this work.
An open access advocate, Mike has written for the Guardian, Independent and Times Higher Education.
Mike has described and named two new dinosaurs: the sauropods Xenoposeidon ('alien earthquake god') and Brontomerus ('thunder-thighs').