In September, the high-energy physics community and 10 publishers came to an agreement: all future papers in the field would be published open access. In biology, the US government and a number of private foundations are also pushing for publications to be open access. Although there are an increasing number of open access publishing options, lots of scientific results still sit behind paywalls. Our panel will discuss the challenges faced by open access publishing platforms, and the barriers that are limiting its wider adoption. We'll also consider whether opening up the publishing process at an earlier stage could be beneficial to science. Panelists:
- Jennifer McLennan leads publicity and marketing for eLife, the new open-access initiative from leading biomedical research funders, and has strong background in open-access policy advocacy and community-building.
- Lane Rasberry is Wikipedian in Residence at Consumer Reports and currently works on getting better health science information on Wikipedia.
- Oya Rieger is an associate university librarian at Cornell, where she oversees the electronic publishing and preservation efforts, including the arXiv.
When & Where
SpotOn NYC (#sonyc) is a monthly discussion series organised by Nature Publishing Group and Ars Technica and hosted at Rockefeller University. The organisers are Lou Woodley, John Timmer, Jeanne Garbarino and Joe Bonner.
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