International Symposium on Open Access Publishing Reveals Both Challenges and Opportunities

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On November 17 and 18, the University of Kansas was host to an international symposium, “Envisioning a World Beyond APCs/BPCs.” The event, which was co-sponsored by the University of Kansas Libraries, Open Access Network, Allen Press and SPARC, brought together open access advocates from North America, South America, Africa and Europe. The theme of the symposium points to the fact that Article Processing Charges (APCs) move the access barrier from the reader to the author, which prompted participants to discuss the power structures that are inherent in scholarly publishing today. Through these discussions, participants recognized that access is not just about the ability to read and write, but also the ability to contribute to the global research agenda.

Highlights from the 2016 Charleston Conference


During last week’s Charleston Conference—my first—I had a chance to attend several interesting sessions. Here, I would like to provide a recap of just one, a Thursday afternoon session titled “Is Small Beautiful? The Position of Independent Scholarly Publishers in an Environment of Rapid Industry Consolidation.” Three panelists spoke candidly about the benefits and challenges of being a small publisher.