Public debate: The scientific publishing system and the strive for open accessibility

29 April 2019, 16:00–20:00

Lise-Meitner Lecture Hall, Faculty of Physics, University of Vienna, Boltzmanngasse 5, 1090 Vienna

The publishing system plays a fundamental role in science, inasmuch as scientific findings are proclaimed and evaluated through scholarly journals. Yet, the scientific publishing system is engaged in multiple controversies: the problem of open accessibility, the justification of retaining the authority to evaluate the relevance of scientific work, and the lucrative aspect of private publishers are only some of them.

With this public debate, we wish to facilitate stimulating discussions on the current working machinery of the publishing system, in order to incentivize an active participation in the controversy of whether the publishing system shall be revised in the light of the different level of accessibility that the use of internet enables.


16:0017:30   Short Talks

Prof. Maximilian Fochler – Historical Overview on Scientific Publishing
Assistant Prof. Toma Susi – Introduction to the European Open Access initiative ‘Plan S’
Mag. Brigitte Kromp – Transformative publishing agreements within the context of ‘Plan S’
Prof. Jean-Sébastien Caux – Beyond Open Access: SciPost
Dr. Marcus Huber – ‘Quantum’, challenges, costs and solutions for community led publishing
Dr. Daniel Hook – ‘Discovering, Sharing, and Accessing Content – Challenges and Solutions’

17:30–18:00   Refreshments

18:00–20:00   Panel discussion

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