OASPA 2021 Conference Program

OASPA 2021 Online Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing

 Designing 21st Century Knowledge Sharing Systems


21 – 23 September 2021

All times listed are UK BST (British Summer Time) / UTC +1

2021 Speaker Biographies

All recordings (see individual program sessions for direct links to slides and recording)


Tuesday 21 September

2 – 2.15 pm

Welcome and Conference Opening

  • Claire Redhead, Executive Director, OASPA

2.15- 3 pm

Keynote 1: Knowledge Production and Health Equity  SLIDES

  • James Tumwine, Professor Emeritus, Makerere University School of Medicine; Professor, Kabale University School of Medicine, Uganda
    Introduced by Leslie Chan, Associate Professor, Department of Global Development Studies, University of Toronto Scarborough, Canada

3.15 – 4.45 pm

Extended opening panel discussion and Q&A 

Imagining Other Worlds of Knowledge Making and Sharing

  • Fernanda Beigel, Principal Researcher at CONICET, Director of the Research Center on the Circulation of Knowledge, Universidad Nacional de Cuyo (UNCUYO), Argentina
  • Ibrahim Oanda Ogachi, Senior Program Officer and Head, Training, Grants and Fellowships, Council for the Development of Social Science Research In Africa (CODESRIA), Senegal
  • Susan Skomal, President & CEO, BioOne, USA  SLIDES
  • Tim Wilson, Associate Vice-President, Research Programs, Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada

Chairs: Jennifer Gibson, Head of Open Research Communication, eLife, UK and Leslie Chan, Associate Professor, Department of Global Development Studies, University of Toronto Scarborough, Canada 

5.15 -6.45 pm

Panel 1 | Open Infrastructure and Collaboration 

  • Community Governance – Processes and Best Practices  SLIDES
    Janneke Adema,
    Assistant Professor in Digital Media, Centre for Postdigital Cultures, Coventry University, UK
  • Diamond journals: Open and collaborative infrastructures (both human and technological)  SLIDES
    Viviana Martinovich, Managing editor, Salud Colectiva and Adjunct Professor of Postgraduate Courses, Institute of Collective Health, Universidad Nacional de Lanús (ISCO-UNLa), Argentina and Vanessa Di Cecco, Managing editor in English, Salud Colectiva, Argentina
  • Library publishing: building an infrastructure from and for the academy  SLIDES
    Reggie Raju, Director: Research and Learning Services, UCT Libraries, South Africa
  • The Path to POSI  SLIDES
    Ed Pentz,
    Executive Director, Crossref, UK

Chair: Juan Pablo Alperin, Director, Scholcommlab / Associate Director, Public Knowledge Project, Canada

7 – 8 pm

Poster Lightning Talks Session 1 

Chair: Jennifer Gibson, Head of Open Research Communication, eLife, UK


Wednesday 22 September

12.30 – 1.15 pm

Keynote: Science journalism, preprints, and COVID-19: some lessons

  • Dalmeet Singh Chawla, Science Journalist, UK
    Introduced by Tasha Mellins-Cohen, Founder and Director, Mellins-Cohen Consulting, UK 

1.30 – 3 pm

Panel 2 | OA policies and mandates: lessons learnt from global cases 

  • Developing the UKRI monographs policy
    Rachel Bruce, Head of Open Research, UK Research and Innovation (UKRI), UK
  • Designing and implementing a national strategy for Open Access in Angola: A south-south collaboration  SLIDES
    Eurico Wongo Gungula, Associate professor and Rector, Óscar Ribas University, Angola
  • Open Access Mandates: Necessary but not sufficient
    Ana Maria Cetto, Professor, Instituto de Física, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
  • Diamond Publishing and OA Policies: a tale of mutual ignorance  SLIDES
    Pierre Mounier, OPERAS Coordinator, France

Chair: Arianna Becerril García, Professor, Autonomous University of the State of Mexico

3.30 – 4.30 pm

Poster Lightning Talks Session 2   

Chair: Jennifer Gibson, Head of Open Research Communication, eLife, UK

5 – 6.30 pm

Panel 3 | Libraries and Open Access: Pathways to Transformation  

  • Library as Buyer: Considerations during the open transition SLIDES
    Curtis Brundy,
    Associate University Librarian for Scholarly Communications and Collections, Iowa State University, USA
  • The Library as Publisher: Values-based institutional publishing as a key path to open scholarship SLIDES
    Catherine Mitchell, Director of Publishing, Archives, and Digitization, California Digital Library USA
  • Managing library budgets for open scholarship investments SLIDES
    Demmy Verbeke, Head Artes, KU Leuven Libraries, Belgium

Chair: Graham Stone, Subject Matter Expert (Open Access Monographs), Jisc, UK

7 – 8 pm

Group discussion: What is the role of a publisher? 

In this session, we will be inviting the audience to join a group conversation regarding the role of the publisher today and in the future in relation to core principles of scholarly communications. We will be digging into such areas as quality control, integrity, preservation and the cumulation of scientific and scholarly knowledge. Do these principles still apply? Have other principles emerged?  What best practices exist for upholding these principles? What role does and will publishers (of all sorts) play in innovating best practices while upholding core principles? Our audience will be invited to contribute and respond to questions via mentimeter.

  • Toby Green, Co-Founder, Coherent Digital, France
  • Kristen Ratan, Founder, Stratos, USA
  • Xenia van Edig, Open Access Platform Manager, TIB Open Publishing/TIB – Leibniz Information Centre for Science and Technology, Germany

Chair: Caroline Sutton, Director of Open Research, Taylor & Francis, Norway



Thursday 23 September

11:00 am – 12.30 pm

Panel 4: Game-changers: Revisiting and reforming modes and moments for sharing new findings 

  • Knowledge mining from Research Graph and Open Scholarly Works SLIDES
    Amir Aryani, Head of Social Data Analytics (SoDA) Lab, Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
  • The Future of Scholarly Publishing under Digital Transformation – Data, AI and Token Economy SLIDES
    Xiaofeng Chen,
    Hubei Academy of Scientific and Technical Information, China
  • The path to reforming peer review begins with community, works through equity, and ends in trust SLIDES
    Daniela Saderi,
    Co-Founder, Director, PREreview, USA  
  • Building trust by connecting research information SLIDES
    Tim Koder, Communications Director, Oxford PharmaGenesis Ltd, UK  

Chair: Jennifer Gibson, Head of Open Research Communication, eLife, UK

1 – 2 pm

Poster Lightning Talks Session 3   

Chair: Jennifer Gibson, Head of Open Research Communication, eLife, UK

2.15 – 2.45 pm

Co-Creating a Healthy Open Access Market – Project Feedback Session SLIDES

  • Rob Johnson, Managing Director, Research Consulting, UK
  • Claire Redhead, Executive Director, OASPA

3 – 4.30pm

Panel 5 | The transformative agreement landscape: Where are we now?  

  • The Future is Unlimited  SLIDES
    Scott Delman,
    Director of Publications, Association of Computing Machinery, USA 
  • Progress on Transformative Journals: An Eye on the Data SLIDES
    Heather Staines, Director of Community Engagement & Senior Consultant, Delta Think, USA
  • Truly transformative or tightening the shackles?
    Yvonne Nobis, Head of Physical Sciences, Cambridge University Library, UK
  • Paving the TA way – successes and challenges
    Carrie Webster, VP Open Access, Springer Nature, UK

Chair: Tasha Mellins-Cohen, Founder and Director, Mellins-Cohen Consulting, UK 

4.30 – 5.00 pm

Conference reflections and close  

  • Jennifer Gibson, eLife, UK / Chair of OASPA


Please review the  OASPA 2021 Participation Agreement. We ask all participants to agree to participate according to these principles.

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2021 OASPA Conference Committee

Juan Pablo Alperin (ScholCommLab/Public Knowledge Project)

Arianna Becerril García (Autonomous University of the State of Mexico)

Leslie Chan (Knowledge Equity Lab, University of Toronto Scarborough) 

Ella Chen (Royal Society of Chemistry) 

Jennifer Gibson (eLife)

Raoul Kamadjeu (Pan African Medical Journal)

Tasha Mellins-Cohen (Mellins-Cohen Consulting)

Catherine Mitchell (California Digital Library)

Lara Speicher (UCL Press)

Graham Stone (Jisc) 

Caroline Sutton (Taylor & Francis)

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