The scientific publishing system and the strive for open accessibility

WHEN: Monday, April 29th 2019, 16:00-20:00

WHERE: Lise-Meitner Lecture Hall, Faculty of Physics, University of Vienna, Boltzmanngasse 5, 1090, Vienna, Austria

WHO: Attendance is free and open to everybody without registration

The publishing system plays a fundamental role in science, inasmuch as scientific findings are proclaimed and evaluated through scholarly journals. Yet, the scientific publishing system is engaged in multiple controversies: the problem of open accessibility, the justification of retaining the authority to evaluate the relevance of scientific work, and the lucrative aspect of private publishers are only some of them.

With this public debate, we wish to facilitate stimulating discussions on the current working machinery of the publishing system, in order to incentivize an active participation in the controversy of whether the publishing system shall be revised in the light of the different level of accessibility that the use of internet enables.

Our target audience is constituted of local and international researchers, students as well as general interest public.

The event will be structured as follows: Firstly, each panelist will give a 15 minutes introductory talk on their topic, in order to increase the accessibility of the event to non-experts. Secondly, a panel discussion of 2h will take place.

16:00-17:30   Short Talks:

  • 16:00-16:15    Prof. Maximilian Fochler – Historical Overview on Scientific Publishing
  • 16:15-16:30    Assistant Prof. Toma Susi – Introduction to the European Open Access initiative ‘Plan S’
  • 16:30-16:45   Mag. Brigitte Kromp – Transformative publishing agreements within the context of ‘Plan S’
  • 16:45-17:00   Prof. Jean-Sébastien Caux – Beyond Open Access: SciPost
  • 17:00-17:15    Dr. Marcus Huber – ‘Quantum’, challenges, costs and solutions for community led publishing
  • 17:15-17:30    Dr. Daniel Hook – ‘Discovering, Sharing, and Accessing Content – Challenges and Solutions’

17:30-18:00   Refreshments

18:00-20:00   Panel discussion

For more details concerning the content of each talk, refer to Book of Abstracts.

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