Our Open Scholarship Webinars invite a number of speakers to consider contemporary debates and issues in open research and open access publishing
Wayfinders #2: building equity from a ‘per-publication charge’ context (28 February 2024)
OASPA’s wayfinders series brings to life practical case-studies helping all organisations find ways to increase equity in open access (OA).
Our second wayfinders virtual seminar focuses on those currently operating in a per-publication charge context. It is one thing for publishers that are set up, from the get go, to support OA without researcher-facing fees or per-unit invoices. However, the picture is complex for those currently using APCs / per-publication-charges.
Full information including speaker biographies can be found on the latest blog post.
OASPA’s wayfinders series brings to life practical case-studies helping all organisations find their own way to more equity in OA. Full information including speaker biographies can be found on the latest blog post.
This webinar will be chaired by Malavika Legge. We welcome our panelists Danny Burke, Ros Pyne, Meagan Phelan and Susan Veldsman
Research libraries in an Open Access world (14 December 2023)
Are our libraries prepared for this OA world or have we been lulled into a false sense of preparedness by creating these small teams in the margin without making substantial changes to the majority of our legacy processes such as acquisition and cataloguing?
Full information can be found on our blog post.
This webinar will be chaired by Demmy Verbeke. We welcome our panelists Joanna Ball, Rachael Samberg, Anna Clements and Lai Ma.
Open Access after the Transformation: The Funder Perspective (15 November 2023)
This webinar was part two in our Funding Open Access after the Transformation series and centred on the perspective of funders.
It featured perspectives on the emerging landscape of collective and conditional open models from funders, as a follow up to May’s webinar focused on publishers. Full information can be found on the blog post.
The webinar was chaired by Jeroen Sondervan (NWO, The Netherlands). and our panelists were Katherina Rieck (FWF, Austria), Ross Mounce (Arcadia Fund), Ashley Farley (Gates Foundation) and Faranah Osman (National Research Fund, South Africa).
This webinar focused on the role that different actors in scholarly communication can play to address climate change – one of the world’s most pressing challenges. While climate change is a complex issue there are very real and impactful actions that researchers, librarians and publishers can take to help generate solutions to climate change though open access.
The webinar was chaired by Monica Granados (Creative Commons). We welcome panelists: Vincent Lariviere (l’Université de Montréal) who presented his findings Contrasting the open access dissemination of COVID-19 and SDG research and Kris Karnauskas (University of Colorado Boulder) who spoke from the perspective of a researcher and why the research he works on needs to be open.
This webinar will provide an overview of the preprint peer review landscape and different preprint peer review services.
The session will introduce preprints, how the preprint landscape has evolved to include peer review and why this is important to researchers, the advancement of science and to the adoption of preprints. Each preprint peer review service will describe their services and unique offerings before opening up to a 30 minute Q&A session moderated by ASAPbio.
The webinar will be chaired by Jonny Coates (ASAPbio). We welcome our panellists: Lesley Anson (Science Colab), Stefano M. Bertozzi (Rapid Reviews), Thomas Guillemaud (Peer Community In), Sara Monaco (Review Commons, EMBO) and Daniela Saderi (PREreview).
Webinar – Funding Open Access after the Transformation (23 May 2023)
At its launch in 2018, cOAlition S announced that its members would, for a “transition period,” fund open access fees for journals covered by “transformative” agreements. That move helped to establish read-and-publish deals as the leading OA business model, despite criticism that the agreements prop up the author-pays APC system. The same author-pays business model has, despite this opposition, also gained traction to fund the publication of OA books (through BPCs).
As cOAlition S recently communicated, the transition period is ending; beginning in 2025, funders adhering to Plan S will no longer support the agreements. What is more, a growing chorus of stakeholders, including the Ivy Plus librarians in the US and a coalition of UK-based researchers, are calling for an alternative, collective funding model for OA. At the same time, collective funding experiments as well as conditional open models (such as Subscribe to Open)—in which neither authors nor readers pay—are reporting promising results around the globe.
This webinar features perspectives on the emerging landscape of collective and conditional open models from publishers and will be followed this year by a second webinar focusing on the perspective of funders.
The webinar will be chaired by Raym Crow of SPARC. Panellists: Vivian Berghahn of Berghahn Books, Judith Fathallah of Lancaster University, Ámbar Tenorio-Fornés of Decentralized Academy Ltd and Evgeniya Lupova-Henry of Quartz OA.
Research integrity and ethical standards for publication underpin the research endeavor, ensuring that researchers can confidently build on the outputs of others and ensuring public trust in research. The integrity of scholarly communications is dependent on the trust of the research community in the peer review and publication processes that are part of it. However, this confidence is starting to break down, due to a significant rise in unethical research and publication practices, fueled by academic incentive structures heavily skewed toward certain types of publication metrics. These practices, including “paper mills” and “peer review rings” are happening at scale and systemically undermine publication processes, striking at the heart of what publishers do as the custodians of the research record.
This problem is a complex and interconnected one and this webinar brings together experts to explore the question of whether open scholarship practices and tools can help detect malpractices and be part of the solution. The speakers will approach this shared problem from a variety of angles, albeit all through the lens of open research and scholarship and how they are building open tools and evidencing the impact of their work.
We welcome panelists Adam Day, Brian Nosek and Dorothy Bishop, and Chair Catriona MacCallum.
OASPA is pleased to announce our next webinar which will focus on the data that exists about scholarly communication. Such data includes anything that enables us to expose and analyse the processes, connections and entities involved in all aspects of research communication.
Most of the data we currently have, however, doesn’t fully cover the research output of the Global South and is unrepresentative and incomplete. We will address issues of inequity and discuss the challenges in sourcing data that is truly representative of global knowledge creation. We will also discuss the governance and funding it will take to create a coherent and equitable system. There is an innate conflict between proprietary and closed datasets that are available only to those who can afford them versus an open universe of data that enables all communities involved in knowledge generation to contribute, access and analyse data.
The webinar will be chaired by Iryna Kuchma and Catriona Maccallum with panellists Lucy Montgomery, Ludo Waltman and Caleb Kibet.
Data sharing: what do we know and where can we go? (February 1, 2023)
The recent OSTP “Nelson memo” served as a re-focus on data as a first class research output. But maybe that’s a misrepresentation for those of us who think ‘hold on, we’ve been focused on data this whole time!?’ Well here’s a chance to learn from and with a group of experts who are thinking carefully about data sharing: what that means from different perspectives, tangible steps to take and policies to make around data, and what we can do next in our communities of practice. Attendees are more than welcome to bring their own perspectives!
The webinar is chaired by Rachael Lammey (Crossref). We welcome panelists: Sarah Lippincott with a repository perspective with insights into where data is going post Nelson Memo and NIH Policy. Aravind Venkatesan shares the thinking, data science and workflows employed at EuropePMC to support data linking. Shelley Stall talks about how AGU are leading the line with their data policies, and Kathleen Gregory wconcludes by considering researchers’ perspectives regarding sharing and reusing data.
Rights Retention for Books and Book Chapters (November 23 2022)
The focus of rights retention policies tends to be on articles in scholarly journals. Is there a good reason why we would not consider doing the same for the manuscripts of books or book
chapters? Do publishers object more to rights retention for these types of publication than for article manuscripts? Would it not be a good idea to make haste with a more general rights retention policy for books and book chapters now that more and more funders demand open access for other publication types than journal articles?
The webinar will be chaired by Sally Rumsey (cOAlition S) and speakers include Lucy Barnes (Open Book Publishers), Per Pippin Aspaas (University of Tromsø – The Arctic University of Norway) and Peter Suber (Harvard University).
The panelists will each speak for 8 minutes, and then we will open it up to questions from the audience and discussion. Please join us live for this free webinar and contribute to the discussion.
OASPA is pleased to announce our next webinar which will focus on the ways in which researchers and scholars are normalizing Open Research practices via grassroots community-building. We will hear from four speakers from different regions who will relate what has worked in their specific communities, quick wins and slow wins, and what they recommend for other members of the community (whether other researchers, or publishers and librarians).
The webinar will be chaired by Dan Morgan who will quickly frame open research practices and how they can be influenced by both top-down policy and grassroots, bottom-up community building. We welcome our panelists: Etienne Roesch who will present a national network approach with the UK Reproducibility Network, Caleb Kibet will bring in perspectives from bioinformatics and Kenya and Anita Eerland will consider university-based community-building, and experience with a scholarly society committed to openness and improving research practices.
The panelists will each speak for 10 minutes, and then we will open it up to questions from the audience and discussion. Please join us live for this free webinar and contribute to the discussion.
Large segments of the scholarly literature, both from backlist catalogs and new publications, continue to be only accessible behind paywall infrastructures. This poses a challenge to those scholars not affiliated with well funded research institutions, in particular in the Global South, exacerbating extant inequities. At the same time, the often cumbersome user interfaces of paywall-protected platforms continue to prevent efficient usage by researchers who do happen to have access to these materials. As a result, an ecosystem of so-called “shadow libraries” has evolved, developing different strategies to make closed content accessible to a wide scholarly public. Contrary to for example the music and movie industries, the academic publishing industry has been unable to formulate a platform solution that would provide an alternative. This OASPA webinar will address the origins and architecture of these forms of widely used online repositories, their position in relation to Open Access policies, legal aspects in terms of copyright and fair use, and what they can teach us in terms of accessibility. The webinar will be chaired by Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei (punctum books) and we welcome panelists Arul George Scaria (National Law University Delhi), Martin Paul Eve (Birkbeck), Marcell Mars (Memory of the World, Pirate Care) and Balász Bodó (University of Amsterdam).
This webinar showcased three publisher case studies on how to connect to OA Switchboard to make reporting easy and increase visibility of OA publication output. Our speakers covered the different options for interacting with OA Switchboard (manual, via API or custom connector), illustrated by their own real-life experiences and lessons learned. Our tech partner added background information and best practices across all publishers operational on OA Switchboard, as well as with future trends that are shaping. Chaired by Yvonne Campfens (OA Switchboard). Speakers: Wendy Patterson & Christian Lange (Beilstein-Institut), Matthew Day (Cambridge University Press & Assessment), Frederick Atherden & Kamruj Jaman (eLife) and Ivo Verbeek (Appetence/ELITEX).
Policy into Action: the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science under the spotlight – actions for publishing focused on the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science and the practical actions open access editors and publishers take to implement. Practical guidelines for open access publishers were discussed and will be co-developed together following the webinar. Chaired by Iryna Kuchma, EIFL, our speakers will be Ana Persic (UNESCO), Roheena Anand (PLOS), Krzysztof Siewicz (Polish Library of Science) and Raoul Kamadjeu (Pan African Medical Journal).
Business Models for Open Access Books: A Compendium focused on business models for open access books. It presents a new online resource, in which a range of open access book presses from different countries around the world share their business model including: how it works, why it took the form it did, and the specific factors that shape and guide its ongoing development. The collection will be open for other presses to add their own business models, and it will be a resource for consultation by anyone interested in this issue.
Chaired by Lucy Barnes (Open Book Publishers)
Panelists: Francois van Schalkwyk (African Minds); Beth Bouloukos (Lever Press); Julien McHardy (Mattering Press); and Vincent W. J. van Gerven Oei (punctum books)
So can publishing respond to a crisis? An evidence-informed approach (January 13, 2022). This first webinar of 2022, took an evidence-informed approach to how publishers and others in the scholarly communications system responded to the pandemic and explored what the findings can tell us about the future of scholarly communication. In particular, can we now seize the opportunity to use the evidence to improve the way all global scholarly knowledge is shared, evaluated and communicated?
Chair: Catriona J. MacCallum (Hindawi and OASPA Board Member). Panelists: Ludo Waltman (Leiden University/RoRI), Stephen Pinfield (Sheffield University/RoRI), Robert Terry (World Health Organisation), Hannah Hope (Wellcome), Jessica Polka (ASAPBio) and Stefano Davide Vianello (EPFl, Lausanne, Switzerland).
The Fully Open Access Agreement – an essential component of a diverse, open access world (December 6, 2021) This webinar focused on “Fully Open Access agreements” which entail institutions making central agreements to support open access (OA) publishing with Fully OA publishers who have no content to transition to open access. Chair: Jennifer Gibson, Dryad with panelists Wilhelm Widmark, Stockholm University, Sharla Lair, Lyrasis and Wolfgang Benedikt Schmal, Heinrich-Heine-University. This webinar aims to address an audience from the OASPA community, as well as librarians and the wider scholarly communications community.
Openness and Privacy (November 4, 2021) This webinar focused on the interface between openness and privacy. Open Access is part of a large movement in scholarly research toward openness, often captured in terms such as Open Science, Open Licenses, Open Data, and Open Metadata. In this OASPA webinar, we discussed some aspects of this tension between openness and privacy. The webinar was chaired by Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei and we welcome speakers: Chris Bulock (University Library of California State University Northridge, USA), Farzaneh Badiei (Digital Medusa, USA), René Mahieu (Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium), and Molly van Houweling (University of California, Berkeley, USA).
OA Switchboard Webinar: Matching Publication Costs with Publication Funds (September 8, 2021) This OA Switchboard webinar focused on the shared use case: Matching Publication Costs with Publication Funds that our launch customers and founding partners are working on collaboratively. A highly practical evidence-based look at how the OA Switchboard is helping to match publication costs with publication funds for all these use cases via a series of short five-minute talks and use case presentations.
OASPA endorses Make Data Count: join our webinar (July 13, 2021) This webinar introduced Make Data Count, sharing a publisher case study on data publishing and citation, and covering the how, why and when for data citation. It also looked at the importance of supporting data citations from the OASPA perspective. The webinar was chaired by Claire Redhead and the speakers were Rachael Lammey, Daniella Lowenberg, Catriona Maccallum and Johannes Wagner.
Researcher Focus 1: Researcher Needs, Common Values and Practices (June 29, 2021) This webinar brought together a cross-disciplinary panel of researchers to discuss what unites them in terms of their motivations and values around open research and open access, and how and if this is enabled in practice. Chair: Curtis Brundy. Panellists: Michelle Arkin, Melodee Beals, Thomas Hervé Mboa Nkoudou and Zulidyana D. Rusnalasari
Webinar: OA Switchboard – Reporting Made Easy (March 31 2021) Chair: Yvonne Campfens This webinar took a practical evidence-based look at how the OA Switchboard is making reporting easier via a series of short five-minute talks and use case presentations. Find the Q&A from the session here.
Webinar: On track or off the rails? Australia’s Open Journey (Mar 22 & 23 2021) Chair: Dr Danny Kingsley. This webinar explored how Australia is travelling towards an open agenda. Speakers: Professor Lucy Montgomery, Emeritus Professor Ian Chubb and Martin Borchert. Recording and slides as well as speaker takeaways at the link.
Webinar: Open Book Metadata (Feb 2021) Chair: Vincent W.J. van Gerven Oei (punctum books) This webinar explored the question of open metadata with regard to books. Speakers: Micah Altman (MIT), Mel Bach (Cambridge University), Dominique Babini (CLASCO), Christina Drummond (OA eBook Usage Data Trust), Jennifer Kemp (CrossRef/Metadata2020). Please see this post for speaker takeaways, answers to attendee questions, slides and a curated list of resources shared via the chat channel during the webinar.
Webinar: Introducing the OA Switchboard (Dec 2020) Chair: Yvonne Campfens This webinar provided insight, through real-life use cases, into how the OA Switchboard facilitates the fulfilment of open access strategies across business models, policies and agreements. The short five-minute case study presentations were followed by a q&a. Please see this post for the Q&A. Slides can be viewed here.
Webinar: Analyzing Open – Gaining Insights into Global OA eBook Usage (Nov 2020) Chair: Cameron Neylon (Director at COARD). Speakers: Lara Speicher (Head of Publishing at UCL Press), Ros Pyne (Director of Open Access Books at Springer Nature), Cameron Neylon (Director at COARD), and Christina Drummond (Data Trust Program Officer at the Educopia Institute) explored open questions around the effects of open access on books and how OA ebook usage data can be improved to better answer such questions in the future. Please see this post for the recording and answers to attendee questions.
Webinar: Scholarly Communication & COVID-19: Closing the Loop for Effective Peer Review (June 2020) (Chair: Catriona MacCallum (Hindawi). Speakers: Sarah Greaves (Hindawi), Monica Granados & Daniela Saderi (Outbreak PREreview), Susanna-Assunta Sansome & Peter McQuilton explored recent steps to increase efficiency and speed in the publication of COVID-19 research. Slides can be downloaded here. Please see this post for webinar speakers’ key takeaways and answers to attendee questions.
What is scholarly communication and publishing in the 21st Century? (April 2020) (Chair: Catriona MacCallum (Hindawi). Speakers: Heather Joseph (Executive Director of SPARC), Kathleen Fitzpatrick (Director of Digital Humanities and Professor of English at Michigan State University) and John Wilbanks (Chief Commons Officer at Sage Bionetworks) will explore publishing’s role in service to 21st century scholarship. Slides can be downloaded here. Please see this post for webinar speakers’ key takeaways and answers to attendee questions.
PhD students take on openness and academic culture (Dec 2019) Chair: Catriona MacCallum (Hindawi). Speakers: Noémie Aubert Bonn (Hasselt University) will discuss Research Integrity and Open Science. Nadia Soliman (Imperial College, London) will talk about Leadership in Academia, and how this relates to publishing. Gareth O’Neill (Leiden University) focuses on the PhD perspective on academic culture, and Open Access policies such as Plan S. Slides can be downloaded here. Please see this post for webinar speakers’ key takeaways and answers to attendee questions.
How should Scholarly Societies transition to OA? Chair: Catriona MacCallum (Hindawi). Speakers: Aileen Fyfe (University of St Andrews), Stuart Taylor (The Royal Society), Alicia Wise (Information Power) and Rachael Samberg (UC Berkeley Library). Slides from this webinar can be downloaded here. Please see this post for webinar speakers’ key takeaways and answers to attendee questions.
How to set up your data sharing policy – Chair: Catriona MacCallum (Hindawi). Speakers: Iain Hrynaszkiewicz (Springer Nature Head of Data Publishing), Tina Lee (PI and Project Coordinator of the Belmont Forum e-Infrastructures and Data Management (e-I&DM) Project) and Shelley Stall (Director for American Geophysical Union’s Data Programs). Slides from this webinar can be downloaded here.
Implementing a consortial funding model for open access publishing – Chair: Catriona MacCallum (Hindawi). Speakers: Martin Paul Eve (Co-founder of the Open Library of Humanities), John Willinsky (Director of the Public Knowledge Project) and Oya Y. Rieger (arXiv Program Director). Slides from this webinar can be downloaded here.
‘The Academy Takes on Publishing’_OASPA Webinar in Support of Academic Led Publishing Day – Chair: Catriona MacCallum (Hindawi). Speakers: Paul Ayris (Pro-Vice-Provost UCL Library Services / Chief Executive UCL Press), Charles Watkinson (Associate University Librarian for Publishing / Director, University of Michigan Press) and Kathleen Shearer (Executive Director of Confederation of Open Access Repositories, COAR). Slides from this webinar can be downloaded here.
The OASPA Open Science Webinar – Chair: Catriona MacCallum (Hindawi). Speakers: Dr Danny Kingsley (Cambridge University Libraries), Professor Christopher Jackson (Imperial College London), and Professor Eva Méndez (Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and the European Commission’s Open Science Policy Platform.). Slides from this webinar can be downloaded here.
The Economics and Sustainability of Open Access – Chair: Dr Stuart Taylor (Royal Society). Speakers: Dr Rupert Gatti (Trinity College, Cambridge), Liz Ferguson (Wiley), and Claudio Aspesi (independent consultant). Slides from this webinar can be downloaded here.
Previous webinars on topics relating to open access publishing:
OASPA and Knowledge Exchange Webinar: New Developments in Open Access Monographs in the Humanities and Social Sciences – Chair: Jeroen Sondervan (Knowledge Exchange). Speakers: Eelco Ferwerda (OAPEN), Lucy Montgomery (Knowledge Unlatched Research), and Christina Emery (Springer Nature). Slides from this webinar can be downloaded here.
Future of Open Scholarship in the Humanities and Social Sciences – Chair: Caroline Sutton (Taylor and Francis). Speakers: Rebecca Kennison (K|N Consultants, Open Access Network) Dr Jennifer Edmond (Trinity College Dublin) and Ron Dekker (CESSDA). Slides from this webinar can be downloaded here.
JATS for Reuse – Chair: Melissa Harrison (eLife). Speakers: Kelly McDougall (MIT Press), Mary Seligy (Canadian Science Publishing), and Stephen Laverick (Maverick). Slides from this webinar can be downloaded here.
Open Access Publishing in the Global South – Ina Smith (Academy of Science of South Africa), Abel Packer (SciELO), and Xin Bi (Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University/DOAJ). Slides from this webinar can be downloaded here. Our blogpost summary of the webinar discussion can be found here.
Attribution in Open Access Publishing – Chair: Catriona MacCallum (PLOS). Speakers: Cameron Neylon (Curtin University), Michael Carroll (American University), and Ernesto Priego (City University London). Slides from this webinar can be downloaded here. Our blogpost summary of the webinar discussion can be found here, and our summary of our Twitter Chat on this topic can be found here.
Creative Commons Licenses, Resources, and Current Issues in Open Access Publishing – Chair: Mark Patterson, eLife. Speaker: Timothy Vollmer, Creative Commons. Slides from this webinar can be downloaded here. Our blogpost summary of the webinar discussion can be found here, and our summary of our Twitter Chat on this topic can be found here.
Perspectives on Publication and Research Ethics. Chair: Jigisha Patel, BioMed Central. Speakers: Paul Peters (Hindawi Publishing Corporation), Michaela Torkar (F1000 Research) and Liz Wager (Sideview). Slides from Paul Peters’s presentation can be downloaded here, slides from Michaela Torkar’s presentation can be downloaded here, and slides from Liz Wagner’s presentation can be downloaded here.
We are able to organise these freely accessible webinars thanks to the generous support of Copyright Clearance Center.