On April 26th and 27th the Workshop “Challenging the Current Business Models in Academic Publishing: Accelerators and Obstacles to the Open Access Transition” has been organised in Antwerp, Belgium by Science Europe in collaboration with LIBER and the European University Association.
Aim of this Workshop was to bring together various experts to discuss and challenge the current licensing practices, in particular the “Big deals” as the dominating business model in academic publishing, their role in accelerating or hindering the transition to open access, as well as alternative business models.
LIBER’s President and Director of NLF, Kristiina Hormia-Poutanen, as the moderator of the panel on the workshop’s first day, strongly supported the effort towards setting the scene in identifying the characteristics of the Big Deals and ways to address potential hindering issues to support a transition to open access via licensing.
During the two days of the workshop, an expert-level exchange of views took place regarding the current academic publishing landscape and the future of publishing: Big Deal examples, pricing and subscription rules, copyright issues, pros and cons and the role of researchers, Universities, Libraries, professional and scientific societies, as well as funders in this transition to Open Access, while new publishing platforms of research funders like F1000, Wellcome Trust and Bill & Melinda Gates were discussed. Also the EC has informed they are planning to develop a new OA publishing platform. These new publishing platforms raised a lot of interest and the question of incentives for researchers were seen as a crucial issue to solve.
Presentations and photos of the Workshop can be found here.
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