Wayfinders #2: building equity from a ‘per-publication charge’ context

Webinar 28 Feb 2024 | OASPA
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As well as the recording above, please find responses to unanswered questions and panelists slides – Kellie O’Rourke (Cambridge University Press & Assessment) and Stacey Burke (American Physiological Society -APS) and Nathaniel Gore (PeerJ)


Date: Wednesday February 28 2024

Time: 3 – 4 pm UK / UTC

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OASPA’s wayfinders series brings to life practical case-studies helping all organisations find ways to increase equity in open access (OA).

Our second wayfinders virtual seminar on Wednesday February 28 focuses on those currently operating in a per-publication charge context. It is one thing for publishers that are set up, from the get go, to support OA without researcher-facing fees or per-unit invoices. (Future OASPA wayfinders sessions will explore such approaches in detail.) However, the picture is complex for those currently using APCs / per-publication-charges. Wayfinders #2 will collect views from such publishers who are taking steps to increase equity in OA, and committing to or exploring a move away from per-publication charges. We will hear from fully-OA publishing, society publishing and a university press.

Why ‘wayfinders’?

Per-publication charges (APC/BPCs), Read & Publish, transformative agreements and many ‘publish-only’ agreements currently exclude many researchers without the ability to pay, and leave out those who aren’t affiliated with the ‘right’ institutions. Better engagement routes are also needed in all OA models so any scholar, regardless of funding, career-stage, geography or affiliation, can have a voice in scholarly publishing and be a stakeholder with influence.

Malavika Legge, creator of this new wayfinders series and author of OASPA’s posts on Equity in OA will introduce and chair this webinar which includes the following speakers:

  • PeerJ’s AIMs to Make “Open” Accessible for All,
    Nathaniel Gore, PeerJ
  • Transformation into and beyond the ‘unlimited’ deal – the APS journey and views from small, independent, society publishers
    Stacey Burke, American Physiological Society (APS)
  • Global equity pilots at CUP
    Kellie O’Rourke, Cambridge University Press

The panellists will each speak for 10 minutes, and then we will open it up to questions from the audience and discussion.

Please share with all those you think may be interested.

Please note that views expressed in OASPA webinars are those of the individual speakers and do not represent the view of OASPA.

Malavika Legge (OASPA)

Malavika is OASPA’s Program Manager, leading projects that support OASPA’s mission. She previously led an open-science agenda as Publishing Director at the Biochemical Society, and was elected to the first Council of the Society Publishers’ Coalition (SocPC) in 2019, going on to serve as its Chair from 2020 to 2023. Starting her publishing career at Informa Healthcare, she has a breadth of editorial, publishing technology, sales and licensing experience. Malavika dreams of a world where scholarly publishing is open access publishing – by default, for everyone. She is author of the OASPA series on Equity in OA.

Kellie O’Rourke (Cambridge University Press & Assessment)

Kellie currently works on Cambridge’s open research strategy and implementation as Head of Commercial Transformation, Open Research. Based in New York, she joined Cambridge University Press in 2009, working in Library Sales for the majority of that time, most recently as Head of Library Sales, Americas since 2017.

Nathaniel Gore (PeerJ)

PeerJ’s Communities Team covers a wide variety of functions, best summarised as community engagement and development. We are responsible for engaging with and understanding our contributors, and their different research communities, to ensure PeerJ develops programs, publishing models, journal initiatives, and platform improvements and tools that serve open science, the communities who publish with PeerJ and encourage new communities to choose Open Access. We ensure that researchers remain central to our mission.

PeerJ launched in 2012 with a non-APC model – Personal Memberships. We recently launched Annual Institutional Memberships (AIMs) which we see as a vital step towards a more equitable future for open access.

Nathaniel joined PeerJ in 2020, having previously worked at PLOS as Publishing Development Manager and, before that, as a Senior Editor at ProQuest.

Stacey Burke (American Physiological Society -APS)

Stacey Burke is the Publications Director – Open Access Transformation, Digital & Marketing Engagement at the American Physiological Society and participating in the scholarly publishing community for nearly 20 years. Stacey leads marketing initiatives for APS readers, members, authors, and subscribing organizations. Committed to embracing an equitable future for open science, APS’s Publish with Purpose™ principles drive her work toward the success of the APS family of self-published and co-published journals. Stacey engages extensively with research, library, and publishing communities to build APS as a forward-looking nonprofit. She is charged with exploring pathways to OA publishing that don’t rely on funding through author article processing charges (APCs). Her work experience combines an understanding of researchers across disciplines with cohesive relationships with the institutions, libraries, and vendors that serve them.

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