Who Pays for Open Access?

by dp2065 on February 22, 2010

NEW YORK, February 22, 2010 – Is publishing an open-access journal good business? And for whom? Join a lively discussion about business-model options for open-access scholarly journals. The event takes place on Tuesday, March 9, 2010, at 12:30 p.m. pm in Alfred Lerner Hall, Room 555, on Columbia University’s Morningside Campus and is sponsored by Columbia University’s Scholarly Communication Program.

Appearing as panelists are Mike Rossner, Ivy Anderson, and Wim van der Stelt. Mike Rossner became Executive Director of the Rockefeller University Press in 2006 after a decade as Managing Editor of The Journal of Cell Biology. He received the SPARC Innovator award in 2009 for his efforts to promote data integrity and public access to scholarly research. Ivy Anderson is the Director of Collection Development and Management at the California Digital Library (CDL). Ivy was the lead for the CDL on making the University of California (UC) the first U.S. institution to support SCOAP3, the Sponsoring Consortium for Open Access Publishing in Particle Physics, and on concluding an agreement with Springer to make all UC-authored articles available as open access under the Springer Open Choice license. Wim van der Stelt is Executive Vice President for Business Development at Springer. Previously he was Vice President for Global Marketing at Springer and Vice President for Commercial Operations at Kluwer Academic Publishers.

Many in the academic community agree that the goal of open access—increasing the availability and usability of the results of research and scholarship—is laudable. Yet there is great uncertainty about the financial viability of open-access scholarly journals. Will authors be expected to pay publication fees out of their own pockets? Can universities afford to support open-access journals? Can respected journals convert to open access and survive? The panelists will consider which models hold the most promise for sustainable open-access publishing.

This event is free and open to the public. It is the fourth of six events this academic year in a speaker series organized by the Scholarly Communication Program. Follow the series remotely via Twitter at http://twitter.com/ScholarlyComm. Video will be distributed through the Program’s website and Columbia University’s iTunesU page, as well as on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/user/cdrsvideo. For information on the series, Research without Borders: The Changing World of Scholarly Communication, please email Kathryn Pope at kp2002@columbia.edu, or visit http://scholcomm.columbia.edu/events.

The Scholarly Communication Program explores effective uses of digital technology for sharing new knowledge. The Program, based at the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS) within Columbia University Libraries/Information Services, highlights innovative approaches to communicating scholarly work and examines related debates over policy and practice, particularly in the context of global research.

Columbia University Libraries/Information Services is one of the top five academic research library systems in North America. The collections include over 10 million volumes, over 100,000 journals and serials, as well as extensive electronic resources, manuscripts, rare books, microforms, maps, graphic and audio-visual materials. The services and collections are organized into 22 libraries and various academic technology centers. The Libraries employs more than 550 professional and support staff. The website of the Libraries at www.columbia.edu/cu/lweb is the gateway to its services and resources.

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