KU Libraries, Open Access Network, SPARC and Allen Press jointly sponsoring OA symposium

The University of Kansas Libraries, Open Access Network, Allen Press and SPARC are jointly sponsoring an international symposium, “Envisioning a World Beyond APCs/BPCs,” in Lawrence, Kan., on Thursday and Friday, November 17-18. The symposium will consider current models available for achieving an expansive, inclusive and balanced worldwide open publishing ecosystem.

The symposium will provide a live-streamed session during which internationally respected scholars, publishers, university librarians and executives from foundations and organizations will address advanced questions and problems in the open access movement. Additional symposium meetings will explore the future of “openness” in scholarly publishing, as well as responding to and furthering discussions from last December’s Berlin 12 Open Access invitational conference, which focused on “flipping” the current subscription model of scholarly publishing to one that provides free access to readers paid for by article-processing charges from authors or their institutions.

Kevin L. Smith, dean of KU Libraries, will moderate the live-streamed conversation on Thursday, November 17 from 10 a.m.-12 noon CST. By streaming part of the symposium, the organizers hope to engage a broad international audience in a lively discussion. During the broadcast, panelists will describe their vision for an open access future. Panelists, local respondents and the global viewing audience will engage together in thought-provoking dialogue to address one of the most fundamental questions in the open access movement: To what extent can a global academic community create an open access publishing system that is without costs to readers or authors?

“KU Libraries are honored to host such a distinguished group of cutting-edge thinkers,” said Smith. “We expect the dialogue that takes place here as a result of this meeting to have transformational impact on scholarly communications, moving us toward a more global and inclusive vision of the ecosystem of scholarship.”

Bob Kieft, chair of the board of directors of K|N Consultants, an organization that partners with institutions to support open access, added, “I couldn’t be happier that a casual conversation last winter with colleagues at KU has led to this symposium. Given our Open Access Network’s initial emphasis on large-scale funding models for humanistic and social science disciplines and KU’s distinguished institutional commitment to open access, we look forward to working with our cosponsors Allen Press and SPARC and our eminent group of participants on better ways for making scholarship available to all.”

The following international group of participants will be joining the symposium at KU: Juan Pablo Alperin, Simon Fraser University; Ivy Anderson, California Digital Library; Arianna Becerril García , Universidad Autónoma del Estado de México; Raym Crow, SPARC; Martin Eve, University of London / Open Library of the Humanities; Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Modern Language Association of America; Jean-Claude Guédon, Université de Montréal; Lorraine Haricombe, University of Texas – Austin Libraries; Neil Jacobs, JISC; Heather Joseph, SPARC; Rebecca Kennison, K|N Consultants / Open Access Network; Mary Rose Muccie, Temple University Press; Williams Nwagwu, Council for the Development of Social Science Research in Africa; Charlotte Roh, University of San Francisco; Michael Roy, Middlebury College; Ralf Schimmer, Max Planck Institute; Kathleen Shearer, COAR (Confederation of Open Access Repositories); Dave Shulenburger, Association of Public and Land-Grant Universities; and John Willinsky, Stanford University.

Participants from KU will include faculty members Marc L. Greenberg, director of the School of Language, Literatures, & Cultures and professor of Slavic Languages and Literatures, and Town Peterson, distinguished professor of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. Representing the libraries will be Kevin L. Smith, dean of Libraries; Ada Emmett, librarian and director of the Shulenburger Office of Scholarly Communication & Copyright; Brian Rosenblum, scholarly digital initiatives librarian; Josh Bolick, scholarly communication librarian; and Musa Olaka, associate librarian for African, global, and international studies.

Please follow updates on the symposium website and mark your calendars to participate via Twitter during the livestream on November 17 using #KUOASymp16. If you have questions or comments, please contact the symposium planners Emmett, Kennison and Kieft at lib_oscc@ku.edu.

Annual Seminar Explores Changes in the Scholarly Publishing Ecosystem

LAWRENCE, Kan. – January 20, 2016 – Allen Press, Inc., will present its annual Emerging Trends in Scholarly Publishing™ Seminar titled Sea Change: Challenges and Opportunities in the Publishing Ecosystem on April 21, 2016, at the Embassy Suites DC Convention Center in Washington DC.


At this event, pioneers and explorers in the field of scholarly and electronic publishing will share their experience, expertise, and insight into the depths of industry collaboration, the shifting identity of libraries, the transformational promise of data, new approaches to the journal publication process, the needs of researchers and authors, and shifting tides in the publishing environment.

The stability of libraries is sometimes threatened by change. Keynote speaker Roger Schonfeld, an expert in the evolving roles of the academic library, scholarly publisher, and learned society, will tell us how he sees libraries adapting and developing new strengths as they find their place in the ecosystem going forward.

In a session titled “Symbiosis—Is Collaboration the New Innovation?,” Alice Meadows of ORCID, Kristen Ratan of the Collaborative Knowledge Foundation, and Mike Conlon of Vivo will discuss ways that collaboration between entities that support the scholarly publishing enterprise create efficiency and fuel innovation.

Two new journal models—a Pay What You Want open access journal and one that conducts peer review prior to data collection and analysis—will be presented in the session “Evolving Species—The Journal in Transition” by Graham Brumfield of The Surgery Journal and Sarah Bowman of Registered Reports.

The day will wrap up with a final session titled “Biodiversity—A Healthy Ecosystem Thrives on Fresh Ideas,” presented by Phil Jones of Digital Science, Judy Ruttenberg of the Association of Research Libraries (ARL), and Gary Dunham of Indiana University Press. This session will look at the transformational promise of open, linked, and shared data, international repository alignments, and SHARE collaborations, and conclude with an overview of the current trends in scholarly publishing from the perspective of the university press.

Roundtable discussions, a popular regular feature of the seminar, will create an opportunity for in-depth conversation with colleagues in an informal setting. More information—including additional speaker and roundtable topic announcements—will be available at http://allenpress.com/events/seminar/program in the coming weeks.

Registration includes breakfast and a networking lunch. For more information or to register, please visit http://allenpress.com/events/seminar.

The Emerging Trends in Scholarly Publishing™ Seminar has been held in Washington, DC, since 2001. Allen Press introduced educational seminars for scholarly publishers more than 30 years ago to bring clients, partners, and experts in the scholarly publishing community together to share knowledge and experience that would help others better understand the issues facing the industry.

For more information, please contact:
Bridget Bowles, Marketing Communications Manager
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Allen Press Offers Free Webinars on Association Accounting, Journal Redesigns, Misconduct Prevention, and Industry Initiatives

LAWRENCE, Kan – June 15, 2015 – Allen Press, Inc., printer and publishing services provider, will host the seventh annual Best Practices and Innovative Solutions webinar series beginning this July. These four one-hour webinars, designed for societies, associations, and publishers, will be presented monthly beginning July 16 and ending October 15.

Learn best practices and tips for how to redesign your publication in the July 16 webinar, Managing a Publication Redesign. This webinar will share best practices for what to do, in what order, and when. A few case studies will help illustrate the process and spark ideas for your own publication redesign.

The Trending 20: Current Developments in Scholarly Publishing will take place on August 20. This lightning round in a webinar format will share brief updates on 20 trending initiatives and developments that are currently shaping the world of scholarly publishing.

On September 17, the third webinar, Preventing Misconduct in Scholarly Publishing, will highlight solutions that any journal can put in place before ethical issues arise, and resources that could be helpful during or after a worst-case event.

The last webinar of the series will take place on October 15. Best Practices for Association Accounting will share best practices for maintaining your association’s chart of accounts and managing donated funds for their intended purpose. We’ll also discuss important IRS forms that every association should file.

All webinars will be led by Allen Press’ professional staff. All sessions will be held at 11:00 a.m. Central Time. There is no cost to attend the webinars, but participants must register online at http://allenpress.com/events/webinar.

These online events provide practical advice and timely information for managing your publication, association, or society. Allen Press offers a variety of educational and informational events throughout the year. Our long-standing commitment to education began with the notion that convening our clients, partners, and experts in the publishing community to share information and experiences would help everyone better understand the issues we face together and how we might better serve our respective constituents.

Melanie Dolechek, Director of Publishing and Marketing, Allen Press, Inc.
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