Major conference on implementing Finch open access review is organised

31 October 2012

A major two-day conference to look at how implementing the Finch Review on open access publishing will affect researchers and learned societies in the arts, humanities and social sciences will be held on 29 and 30 November.

The Academy of Social Sciences is running the event in the wake of questions about the switch to open access. Non-science disciplines are unsure there will sufficient funding to pay for papers to be published in journals under the new ‘gold option’ system, and learned societies are concerned that their journal income will fall.Dame Janet Finch will co-chair the event, which takes place at the Royal Statistical Society, 12 Errol Street, London EC1Y 8LX. It is sponsored by the Times Higher Education magazine and the publishers Routledge, SAGE and Wiley Blackwell,

The first day of the conference is for researchers, both within and outside of universities, and senior university managers. It looks at the implications of the review for individual academics, for the 2020 Research Excellence Framework exercise, and for authors’ rights and intellectual property.

Speakers include: Professor Dame Lynne Brindley, Member of AHRC Council and former Chief Executive of the British Library; Professor Tim Blackman, Pro Vice Chancellor, The Open University; Professor Robert Dingwall, who will bring an independent perspective; Paul Hubbard, Head of Research Policy, HEFCE; Maureen Duffy, President of Honour, British Copyright Council; Professor Charlotte Waelde, Professor of Intellectual Property, Law, University of Exeter; and Jude England, Head of Social Sciences, The British Library.

The second day is for senior managers of learned societies and is chaired by Professor Martin Hall, Vice-Chancellor, University of Salford, a member of the Finch Committee. It looks at the implications of the review for journals and the business models of learned societies in the UK and US.

It includes a panel discussion on the future of journals with senior managers at Routledge, SAGE and Wiley Blackwell. Other speakers include Sally Hardy, Chief Executive of the Regional Studies Association; Professor Stephen Bailey, Professor of Public Law, University of Nottingham; Dr Rita Gardner, Director of the Royal Geographical Society; and Dr Felice J Levine, Executive Director, American Educational Research Association.

“The Finch review will have a profound effect upon researchers and learned societies in the arts, humanities and social sciences,” said Professor Cary Cooper, Chair of the Academy of Social Sciences.

“This event will explore that effect in detail, with speakers who are leaders in their fields giving the benefit of their expertise.

“There are still some places available, but we recommend booking shortly before they are taken.”

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