Michigan State University

Open Access after Paywall: A Panel Discussion on Scholarly Publishing

March 13, 2019 at 1:00 pm in the Green Room.

The open access (OA) movement has been challenging traditional models of scholarly publishing for over 15 years. Originally focused on on the idea that publicly funded scientific research should be made freely available, the movement has more recently spread its advocacy of free access to scholarship to all areas of the academic community, including the social sciences and humanities, as well as book publishing.

Will open access become the predominant scholarly publishing model of the future? The 2018 documentary film Paywall: The Business of Scholarship makes a strong argument for open access that has been both praised and criticized. It is available to watch online.

Please join us March 13 to participate in a discussion with scholars, publishers, and librarians at MSU, to learn about new developments in this rapidly evolving area, and to explore the challenges and benefits of OA from various perspectives in the scholarly communication environment. Joseph Salem, University Librarian, will moderate a panel discussion and screening of clips from the film. Attendees are invited to view Paywall in advance of the event.

Panelists will be:
  • Catherine Cocks, Editor in chief, Michigan State University Press
  • Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Digital Humanities and Professor of English, MSU
  • Robert Last, Barnett Rosenberg Professor of Plant Biochemistry, MSU
  • Susan Kendall, Health Sciences Coordinator and Copyright Librarian, MSU Libraries

The event will be live streamed for MSU affiliated faculty, staff, and students. To connect, please click to visit our MediaSpace livestream. Click here to submit a question for the panelists to address during Q&A.