Break on Through to the Open Side: Is Open Access prioritizing the needs of science and research?

In celebration of international Open Access Week librarians, publishers and scholars worldwide are invited to join an online panel discussion. A distinguished panel of publishers and librarians will provide their views on the impact of Open Access and participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and engage in the discussion.

The panelists will discuss the global impact of Open Access on research and consider if the promise of Open Access to equalize access for users and researchers worldwide is being achieved. Do researchers everywhere have access to freely available academic content? Do they know where to find it? Are the sources and platforms available to them delivering a quality user experience? And are scholars around the world able to take advantage of the new publishing opportunities?

Other issues include Open Access publishing models and their success in countries where Open Access is vibrant as well as in those where it is still emerging, including the Global South; the costs involved for researchers to publish their research Open Access; ways in which users in emerging markets benefit from Open Access content; and the role of academic libraries—large and small—in providing the necessary support to researchers.

Open Access affords many opportunities for all stakeholders and is very much an evolutionary process, not a disruptive one. This panel seeks to shed light on the progress the global scholarly community has made thus far in making Open Access work for everyone.

Peter Mitchell, IntechOpen (UK)
András Holl, Hungarian Academy of Sciences (Hungary)
Vivian Rosa Storti, State University of São Paulo (Brazil)
Sven Fund, Knowledge Unlatched (Germany)

Moderator: Mirela Roncevic

When: Wednesday 23rd October 2019
4pm Central European Time
10am Eastern Time, North America
11am GMT-3, South America

The event should last for about one hour and will be recorded.

Register for the online event here:


2019 okt 23


16:00 - 17:00



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