Beyond Open Access

The purpose of this new seminar is to look at the positives that an open access publishing model enables or encourages. Like the other successful STM London seminars (Innovations and E-Production) there will be a mixture of keynotes and panels with an emphasis on audience participation and discussion. This is a different sort of open access seminar. The intention is not to debate the model or discuss funding problems. Almost all publishers in membership are offering an open access option and some have major programmes. How can open access be a step towards improvements in scholarly communication?



Registration open and refreshments available



Anthony Watkinson CIBER Research and University College London.


Morning Keynote:
Science Ajar? From Open Access to Intelligently Accessible Data in Open Notebooks

Professor Jeremy Frey, University of Southampton
Progress in science depends on access to results and data from earlier work.  E-Science and Web 2.0 have in principle provided new tools to enable the communication of data that underpins scientific discovery. Professor Frey will explore the ways in which the open agenda serves to improve productivity and reduce and manage uncertainty and consider if “ Open Science” was and is an inevitable outcome of the e-Science programme”.


Session on Opening up Scholarship:


The role of publishers in reproducible research

Iain Hrynaszkiewicz, Nature Publishing Group

While problems of irreproducible research tend to originate in the lab, field or clinic, publishers can compound, or help to alleviate, these problems. New content formats – such as journals like Scientific Data – and permissive licensing can help enable reproducible research, as can ensuring compliance with community policies on access to research data and materials. Publishers can, also, help provide incentives to publish more reliable works, and quality assurance through tailoring peer review processes.


Refreshment break


Panel on Opportunities for Innovation:

Moderated by Paul Peters, Hindawi Publishing Corporation


Social networking, content discoverability and article impact: 
Frederick Fenter, Frontiers   
Once open-access becomes the norm, publishers will need to develop additional services to further boost the discoverability of content. These approaches include the use of article-level metrics and the improvement of the review process.  We will discuss how research networking fits into this picture by providing communication channels that can have a strong effect on article discoverability, effectively leading to improved article impact.


From open access to open science

Eva Amsen, Faculty of 1000

F1000Research is making scientific publishing more transparent by publishing articles online prior to peer review, and publishing invited peer review reports (with reviewer names) alongside the article as they come in. Example articles will demonstrate how this peer review model, combined with the availability of all underlying data for each article, helps researchers get the most out of their work and moves publishing beyond the static journal format.


Publishing more reproducible research: the metajournals approach
Brian Hole, Ubiquity Press
As publishers, our mission is to assist researchers in making their work as fully available to the scientific community as possible, so that it can be read, validated, critiqued, and further built upon. One key aspect of this is ensuring that dissemination is as wide and efficient as possible, which is addressed through open access. But equally important is ensuring that all of the components used in a research project (data, software, hardware, wetware, etc.) can also be published, otherwise much work is essentially unreproducible and of reduced impact. This talk will look at how these objects are being published on the Ubiquity Press metajournals platform, and how we believe this could shape the future of publishing.


Everything evolves … even publishing
Georgina Gurnhill, PeerJ
PeerJ is pushing scientific publishing forward by offering innovative models from lifetime publishing plans for individuals, to build in reputation systems and optional open peer review. PeerJ’s custom built platform enables authors to publish their pre-print prior to the full article enabling a seamless publishing process for authors. Built with the scientific community in mind, PeerJ outline how they are evolving academic publishing with innovative technology that helps researchers publish at maximum speed for minimum cost.


Lunch Break


Afternoon Panel – Encouraging Impact


This session will look at impact in all its flavours, and how it is affecting policy and practice, within academia and in the wider society.


Moderated by Deborah Kahn, Executive Vice President, BioMed Central


Maximising the value of research outputs – a funder perspective
David Carr, Wellcome Trust
Public and charitable research funders have made firm commitments to open up access to publications, data and other key outputs generated by the research we support: what are we hoping to achieve and how will we measure the impact? 
Reflecting on the socio-economic impact of OA
Vicky Gardner, Taylor & Francis
Open access facilitates the dissemination of research to communities outside of academia. What does this mean in practical terms, how are policymakers responding to this opportunity, and how can we measure the impact of OA on the economy and wider society?
Modelling impact in an open world
Michael Taylor, Elsevier
As learned discourse extends from the purely academic and becomes a wider conversation taking place increasingly online, the approach to tracing impact needs to broaden its base from only looking at formal citations and links to publications. This talk describes some of the work and outcomes that have come from community collaboration and using novel techniques in the pursuit of understanding impact in a more open world.
How openness is changing the impact of research
Deborah Kahn, BioMed Central
This talk will illustrate with examples how openness and new forms of collaboration are changing the way research is carried out, verified and disseminated, and the resulting impacts this has had in solving pressing public health, medical, conservation, and other important societal issues.


Making Open Access work:


It’s time we start building an infrastructure for managing Open Access

Todd Carpenter, Executive Director, National Information Standards Organization (NISO)


Open Access publishing has grown rapidly and in response to the increasing number of mandates, nearly every publisher has adopted some type of hybrid OA publishing option. To effectively manage this content stream, we need to improve the infrastructure so it can handle hybrid content. This includes improvements to payment systems, the discovery systems, and OA metadata.


Encouraging OA-publishers to do a better job! How DOAJ tries to help out!
Lars Bjørnshauge,  DOAJ

Several simultaneous developments deserves attention when Open Access publishing is maturing and coming into the mainstream. Research funders are issuing OA-policies often with detailed requirements in terms of which publishing channels can/will comply with their mandates. Universities are setting up publication funds to support APC payments. Authors and the advisors (often librarians) needs tools and services to help identify proper OA-publishing channels. New business models offer opportunities for questionable publisher to enter the market, seeking to profit from the publish and perish syndrome. All this calls for tools and services to increase transparency and credibility in (OA) publishing.

DOAJ, while been in operation for 11 years, have addressed these issues by undertaking significant developments, introducing new tighter criteria, providing much more detailed information about the publishers policies and practice, involving the community in evaluation and monitoring journals – all this to help the various stakeholders.
The presentation will share experience from the current developments.


Refreshment Break


Session - Open Access for Monographs 


Open monographs and open peer review
Ros Pyne, Macmillan
It is now a year since Palgrave Macmillan published its first open-access monograph.  In this talk I will look back at our progress over the last year, and explore the effects of publishing scholarly books open access.  I will also report back on Palgrave Macmillan's recent trial of open peer review for monographs.  Open review has a natural affinity with open access, and its potential to deliver diverse and unexpected perspectives has particular attractions in a humanities and social science context, but it is challenging to implement for long-form work.


Challenges and Opportunities

Martin Eve, University of Lincoln

It is widely known that open access for research monographs is objectively harder than for journal articles. The economics and social processes are different, beyond a mere change of scale. That said, cause for optimism is to be found amid recent experiments that have demonstrated the value of such an undertaking. In this talk, I will set out the difficulties and the way in which some publishers are seeking to overcome them, as well as some proposed future directions for open access books.

16:40 -17:30

Concluding Keynote – Scaling the OA Mountain: A Guide

Bill O’Brien Copyright Clearance Center


For scientific and scholarly publishing, Open Access business models are the new Himalayan Ridge. Whatever your past experiences on the publishing trail, the OA climb ahead will demand focus, preparation and courage.

Today, STM publishers are beginning to provide a rich mix of services that benefit authors and the research process. The expert mountain guide knows these tools can be leveraged to deliver a first-class author/client experience -- from managing payment of Article Processing Charges (APCs) to gathering data that provides valuable insights on usage and engagement.

OA looms before publishers, authors, funders and institutions, but a successful summit can be achieved. As Sir Edmund Hillary noted, "It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves."



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