I’ve been invited to talk to the UK Serials group. (“Serials” == journals for most people). http://www.uksg.org/event/NOVCONF2013. “Open Access Realities:
global experiences of implementing OA”. Here’s the programme:
10.10 Welcome and introduction by the Chair Charlie Rapple, Associate Director, TBI Communications
10.15 How are institutions and publishers placed to “really do” OA? Damian Pattinson, Editorial Director, PLOS ONE
10.45 Make Open Access work!: the moment of truth for academic libraries Lars Bjørnshauge, Director, SPARC Europe and Managing Director, DOAJ
11.45 Finch one year on – a review of progress Michael Jubb, Director, Research Information Network
12.00 How are universities putting policy into practice, from both library and research perspectives? Adam Tickell, Provost and Vice-Principal and Jill Russell, Digital Assets Programme Manager, University of Birmingham
12.30 How can existing Open Access models work for humanities and social science research? Caroline Edwards, Lecturer in Modern and Contemporary Literature, Birkbeck, University of London (Co-Founder and Co-Director of the Open Library of Humanities)
14.00 How are subscription publishers making the transition to OA? Vicky Gardner, Open Access Publisher, Taylor & Francis
14.30 What impact will open educational resources (OER) have on teaching and learning? Steven Stapleton, Project Manager, University of Nottingham
15.30 Scientific data costs billions but almost all is thrown away – what should be done? Peter Murray-Rust,
I shall listen carefully to what is said and shan’t decide exactly what to say till I start speaking. But unlike (I think) several of the speakers I am not happy with the state of or progress of OA. I talked at Spoton2013 to scientists from the European Periphery – Greece, Spain, Ireland (and others). They are now effectively excluded from scholarly publication. They cannot buy serials (at all) and they cannot publish in “Gold” APC-based journals because of the extortionate publisher-driven fees. Their only option, and I support it, is to re-invent scholarly publishing. I’ll publish more when I get some of their details.
But that’s not what I shall talk about. I shall talk about the almost complete failure of the scholarly publishing system to communicate science. It has fallen into a dysfunctional status where the means of scientific publication is driven by corporates (including rich “scholarly societies”) who wish to perpetuate their status at the expense of innovation and progress. I shall contend that this leads to tens of billions of dollars of funded work being effectively unpublished and therefore wasted. Scholarly publishing still thinks in terms of C19 pages and C20 information abstracters and this destroys change.
But I am not primarily whinging. I intend to change this and I shall describe C21 ways that I shall be using including the use of modern web technology and community. I shall show tools which should change the face of data in serials
I shall hope to change delegates’ minds. I shall ask for commitment and help from those I have changed. Even a modest number will be priceless.
And to get you interested here are two questions I shall ask now and answer on Thursday:
- Who are the 5 most important Open Access Publishers in Science (I include BioMedCentral and PLoS so I want 3 more)?
- Which are the 3 most important Open Access repositories?