Westminster Forum Projects | Westminster Higher Education Forum | Open access research and the future for academic publishing

abernard102@gmail.com 2012-09-22


Use the link to download an updated agenda or to register for the event.  “Government has largely accepted the recommendations in Dame Janet Finch's report Accessibility, sustainability, excellence: how to expand access to research publications, which included making publically-funded research available to read for free by 2014. Delegates at this timely seminar will discuss the practicalities of implementation as well as the potential impact of this on the academic publishing industry and the creation of sustainable open access models.   Bringing together key stakeholders - including academics and university leaders, the publishing industry, science-based businesses, research councils and other research-funding organisations - with policymakers, this seminar will enable delegates to discuss the challenges and opportunities presented by a move to 'gold' open access policies for publically-funded research, whereby authors pay a fee for publication. The wider impact of reforms to academic publishing will also be considered, including how the public's engagement with research can be improved, through, for example, the provision of walk-in access to journals in public libraries UK-wide. Delegates will also analyse whether or not domestic reforms could spur a move towards worldwide open access and the resulting effect this could have on the UK's competitive position in research and development.  We are delighted that Ron Egginton, Head, BBSRC and ESRC Team, Research Funding Unit, Department for Business, Innovation & Skills and Professor Martin Hall, Vice-Chancellor, University of Salford and Member, UK Open Access Implementation Group have agreed to deliver keynote addresses at this seminar. At this early stage Frederick Friend, Honorary Director, Scholarly Communication, University College London; Mark Hahnel, Founder, Figshare, Digital Science; Dr Michael Jubb, Director, Research Information Network and Secretary, Finch Committee; Maja Maricevic, Head of Higher Education, British Library; Professor Tom McLeish, Pro Vice Chancellor - Research, Durham University; Dr Tony Peatfield, Director of Corporate Affairs, Medical Research Council; David Prosser, Executive Director, Research Libraries UK (RLUK); Dr Stuart Taylor, Head of Publishing, The Royal Society; Mark Thorley, Data Management Coordinator, Natural Environment Research Council and Professor Nigel Vincent, The University of Manchester, Vice-President for Research & HE Policy at The British Academy have also agreed to speak at the seminar. Additional senior participants are being approached.”



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09/22/2012, 11:03

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09/22/2012, 07:03