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Tuesday 14 June 2016

The Publisher’s and Librarian’s Challenge: Models, practices and products to sustain OA publishing


Chair: Will Schweitzer, Director, Product Development for the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) 

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 Venue: Arundel House, 13-15 Arundel Street, Temple Place, London WC2R 3DX (map)


Open access presents numerous challenges and opportunities to almost every aspect of a publisher’s business and to a library’s budgets and operations. Market economics and prevailing business models suggest a publisher should minimize costs, focus on serving authors, and prioritize new infrastructure to support one-off transactions with individuals over long-term relationships with institutions. What does all this mean for publishers nurturing OA programmes or thinking about starting one? Are there ways to ensure OA initiatives can be commercially successful without long-term subsidies or solely relying on article processing charges? How should libraries get OA publications into discovery tools? What role should libraries play in preserving OA content? Should money to support OA publishing come from the library budget? Is there a freemium model in which OA content is free but libraries pay for additional features?  Join leading library and publishing professionals in this ALPSP seminar to find out how others are tackling these questions. 

The Professional Development Committee is responsible for the ALPSP seminar programme.  The PDC programme directors for this seminar are Kathy LawSenior Associate, Business Development Manager, Maverick Publishing Specialists and Michelle NorellBusiness Development Manager, PubFactory, Safari Books Online

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Who should attend?

This seminar is ideal for librarians, journal publishers, research funders, open access advocates and society executives.  The diverse panel will discuss the current state of open access publishing, and how to make open access sustainable, through a variety of lenses. Each panelist welcomes commentary or questions at the end of their talk. 


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09:00 Registration & coffee  
09:30 Introduction, opening remarks and welcome from the Chair (audio) (presentation)  
10:00 Open Access and the Library - Michael Levine-ClarkDean and Director, University of Denver Libraries  (audio)  (presentation)  
As librarians lead their communities through the process of implementing open access, there are key trends and concerns that must be managed. This session will provide an overview of these trends and concerns from a US perspective including:
  • Responses to open access mandates
  • How libraries are funding the transition to OA and implementing workflows for green and gold OA
  • Impact of Open Access for journals and touch on Open Access for monographs.
Michael Levine-Clark photo
10:30 Coffee break  
10:45 Meeting Your Mission Sustainably in an Open Access World - Darla Henderson PhD, Assistant Director, Open Access Programs, American Chemical Society 
Achieving sustainable open access within a reputable publishing program presents challenges and opportunities. Communities of authors, librarians, and readers have developed a set of expectations around an established publisher’s name and brand.  Processes, quality, speed, online presence, and experience are anticipated to match traditional deliverables, all in an environment where there is pressure for lower article publishing charges.  Publishers can achieve sustainable open access through precision analysis of large and varied datasets, awareness and evaluation of new opportunities and services, thoughtful engagement with all stakeholders (new and established), and continuous development. (audio) (presentation)
 Darla Henderson
11:30 Creating value for the community through integrations, services and systems - Ian Mulvany, Head of Technology, eLife
Supporting the review process, and publishing the author's work is just the first step. A publisher has a responsibility to ensure that the work integrates well with the global scholarly infrastructure, from connecting DOIs to CrossRef, through to making sure high quality metadata is available in RSS feeds. How do you balance the many requests for integrations, with the must have features, whose absence will make authors shout at you? Do you have to build everything yourself, or are there off the shelf solutions? What advances are happening in the industry to help answer these kinds of questions? We will touch on these questions generally, and also look at how eLife has navigated some of them.  (audio) (presentation)
 Ian Mulvany
12:00 Lunch  
13:00 Issues of culture, scale, and local OA management - Yvonne Budden, Scholarly Communications Manager, Library, University of Warwick 
Using the University of Warwick as a case study, this session will look at the issue of open access management from the perspective of the academic culture in a single institution.  The growing national and international requirements for open access continue to shape the way our researchers are engaging with, and reacting to open access.  I will explore the attitudes of the researchers to open access both through anecdotal evidence and from evidence in local surveys (2011 and 2014), touch on the scale of the issue and examine the practical services we have developed to support our faculty.  (audio) (presentation)
 Yvonne Budden
13:30 Administrative burden and compliance - Richard Bennett, Commercial Director, Hindawi Publishing Corporation
The move to pure gold open access switched the publisher focus from the institution to the author as the primary focus of outreach and support.  This switch has created a number of administrative and compliance issues for the institution, which have subsequently been compounded by the various requirements handed down by funders, especially visible in the guidance for the upcoming REF 2020.   Publishers are increasingly being pushed to support additional stakeholders in a more robust way during the OA process - such as institutional administrators and funders - in order to assist in providing greater compliance and visibility.  This talk will look at the challenges faced by publishers in complying with the many collaborative initiatives that are being championed, such as ORCID and fundref, together with the increasing need to provide institutions with the support and visibility they require.  It will share an example of how Hindawi is responding to documents such as JISC's OA compliance guidance to publishers in an attempt to collect & disseminate the right information at the right points to support the needs of institutions and funders without placing an undue requirement on the author.  (audio) (presentation)
 Richard Bennett photo
14:30 Coffee break  
14:45 Leveraging OA content to create new revenue opportunities - Roy Kaufman, Managing Director, New Ventures, Copyright Clearance Center
While library budgets for subscriptions have remained flat or shrunk over the past few years, gold road OA remains a growth area for publishers. As publishing moves from a “business to business” into a “business to consumer” model, open access journal publishers can look to other businesses to develop strategies that work.  And while APC prices likely will not be rising any time soon, publishers can still fuel revenue growth and meet user needs through licensing, market segmentation, and by offering new benefits to authors.  (audio) (presentation)
 737 Roy Kaufman photo
15:30 Experimenting, incubation, and path to profitability - David Ross, Executive Director, Open Access, SAGE Publications
Change is slow in scholarly communication and nothing demonstrates that more than the development of the OA market. It has come a long way in recent years but the foundations were laid more than 20 years ago.  Organisations need to think far ahead to even hope to provide appropriate products - and have to take a few risks along the way.  The issues will be illustrated by examining the development of SAGE’s OA programme over the last decade, with a particular focus on how it has helped establish OA on the Social and Behavioural Sciences.  (audio) (presentation)
 David Ross photo
16:00 Conclusion - Will Schweitzer and Michael Levine-Clarke  (audio)  
16:15 Drinks and networking  

For further information please contact:

Sabia Morrison: or +44 (0)1442 864563

Registration fees (including lunch)

ALPSP Member: £205.00 excl VAT (£246.00 incl VAT @ 20%);
Academic (incl UKSG members): £230.00 excl VAT (£276.00 incl VAT @ 20%);
Non-Member: £340.00 excl VAT (£408.00 incl VAT @ 20%)
Payment may by credit/debit card or you may request an invoice.

How to book

Please note that you will need to log in to your account or register a new account to book a place on this seminar. If you have any questions about this please email Sabia Morrison or any of the ALPSP team.

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This seminar will be filmed. By registering to attend, you are giving consent to ALPSP to include you in the filming and you irrevocably and unconditionally grant to ALPSP all consents which may be required for ALPSP and others authorised by ALPSP to use the footage for publicity, marketing and promotional purposes and for other purposes connected with its business activities, including without limitation in promotional and publicity materials, on websites and through communications to ALPSP members and other audiences as part of its professional development activities.


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