Open access research and the future for academic publishing

5 February 2013, London, United Kingdom

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.
Royal Society

Wellcome Trust Lecture Hall, Royal Society, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG, United Kingdom

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