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Open access research and the future for academic publishing

Date: 5th February 2013

Location: London, UK

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.
Ron Egginton, Head, BBSRC and ESRC Team, Research Funding Unit, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills and Professor Martin Hall, Vice-Chancellor, University of Salford and Chair, UK Open Access Implementation Group
Professor Sheila Anderson, King’s College London; Stefan Delplace, EURASHE (European Association of Institutions in Higher Education); Frederick Friend, University College London; Mark Hahnel, Digital Science; Dr Michael Jubb, Research Information Network and Finch Committee; Ziyad Marar, SAGE Publications; Maja Maricevic, British Library; Professor Tom McLeish, Durham University; Dr Tony Peatfield, Medical Research Council; David Prosser, Research Libraries UK (RLUK); Dr James Milne, Royal Society of Chemistry; Dr Malcolm Skingle, GSK; Dr Jonathan Tedds, University of Leicester; Mark Thorley, Natural Environment Research Council; Professor Nigel Vincent, University of Manchester and The British Academy
Chaired by:
Tristram Hunt MP, Chair, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Publishing and David Amess MP, Member, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Publishing
Timing: Morning, Tuesday, 5th February 2013
Venue: Wellcome Trust Lecture Hall, Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AG
This event is CPD certified


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