The OASPA annual conference brings the open access community together to discuss new developments and innovations in scholarly publishing, and unite in our shared goal to enable research around the world to be openly accessible in line with our mission.
The 2023 online conference will encourage participants to consider how we might all work towards truly equitable and inclusive open scholarship practices as well as address many timely and fundamental topics relating to open scholarly communication. The conference will once again be held online to ensure wide participation and the opportunity to welcome as many participants as possible for collective reflection and discussion.
As always, the majority of our conference is curated by our Conference Committee (listed at the bottom of this post). This year, for the first time, we are opening up one session to the wider community, hence this call. We would like to hear your suggestions for panels addressing how we progress equitable and inclusive open scholarship practices.
OASPA invites proposals to be submitted by the deadline of April 12, 2023. Panels are typically 60-90 minute sessions to include time for Q&A, with 3 – 4 panelists and a chairperson. The suggested panel should explore a key topic in open scholarship in depth by those with good working knowledge and/or understanding. We expect each panelist to offer a different perspective or viewpoint within the panel’s topic area.
Proposed panels may be practical involving case studies or lessons learned; be more explorative in nature looking at new initiatives or research or consider the wider future context of equitable open scholarship.
Proposals must be submitted via this form which asks for a brief description of your proposal as well as some other key information including suggested presenters. If a submission is successful, we expect the proposer to organise the panel with some support if needed from our Program Committee.
All proposals should be submitted by April 12, 2023. Registration costs for any panelists involved in successful proposals will be waived.
Proposals should not be promotional in nature. We ask that panels are diverse in terms of ethnicity and gender, and to ensure speakers include members of any communities under discussion. Honorarium support is available and more information can be found here.
Our usual call for lightning talk poster proposals will follow in the coming months. These are short talks showcasing new projects, ideas or initiatives accompanied by a poster.
We particularly welcome submissions from beyond North America and Europe. Please share this call widely within your networks.
Recordings and information from previous conferences can be found on our website here.
We look forward to receiving your suggestions!
2023 Conference Program Committee
Lucy Barnes (OpenBook Publishers)
Sara Bosshart (Royal Society of Chemistry)
Andrea Chiarelli (Research Consulting)
Kazuhiro Hayashi (National Institute of Science and Technology Policy – NISTEP)
Haseeb Md Irfanullah (Independent Consultant)
Alex Mendonça (SciELO)
Catherine Mitchell (California Digital Library)
Tshiamo Motshegwa (African Open Science Platform (AOSP), NRF)
Lucy Oates (Oxford University Press)
Jadranka Stojanovski (University of Zadar and Ruđer Bošković Institute)
Elaine Tham (PLOS)