Open Access Panel, April 2014

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A Faculty Focus Group on Open Access took place on Monday, April 14, 2014. Three panelists representing different perspectives answered questions about open access policies. See links below for video recordings from the panel discussion.


John Drabinski, Professor of Black Studies, Amherst College: Professor Drabinski was involved in Amherst’s adoption of its Open Access Policy in March 2013.

Kevin Davies, VP of Business Development in the Publications Division of the American Chemical Society: Kevin Davies has special responsibility for the ACS’ new Open Access programs.

Ellen Finnie Duranceau, Program Manager, Scholarly Publishing, Copyright, and Licensing, MIT Libraries: Ellen Finnie Duranceau leads the MIT Libraries' outreach efforts to faculty in support of scholarly publication reform and open access activities at MIT, including overseeing implementation of the MIT Faculty Open Access Policy.

Video Recordings of the Event

Open Access Panel - YouTube Playlist

Time Speaker Topic
Clip 1 Bosiljka Glumac Introduction

Clip 2

John Drabinski Amherst College's Adoption of Open Access Policy
    What factors led to AC considering their open access policy
    Three issues that were a concern to AC faculty
    The issues of small press journals
Clip 3 Kevin Davies, ACS Why ACS has adopted open access options
    PLOS1: a new model for peer revier that succeeds
    ACS & open access
    ACS's 4 pillars of open access
    ACS's position on open access policies
Clip 4 Ellen Duranceau MIT's permissions based open access policy
    5 areas of concern of MIT faculty as they cconsidered their policy
    Who benefits from open access? Who reads the articles? How many downloads occur?
    What might be the effect on publishers?
    What might be the effect on society publishers?
    Will the policy be a burden on faculty?
    Will there be confusion over the versions of the paper?
    Overall effect on scholarly communication
Clip 5 John Drabinski What is the benefit to the world from Drabinski's perspective?
  Joshua Birk Why is a college repository of scholarly articles the best model for distribution?
  Craig Davis What are legal responsibilities? Will the quality of the published materials be accepted by a wider community?
  Stan Scordilis Question about embargos, and version of accepted articles. How to balance needs of the publisher with distributing earlier versions.
Clip 6 Ellen Duranceau Nature of a permission based policy as the default
Clip 7 Ellen Duranceau Implementation of the policy
Clip 8 Nat Fortune,
Kevin Davies &
Ellen Duranceau
Preprint archives and relationship to institutional repository
  Ellen Duranceau SCOAP3: a different model of scholarly publishing
  John Drabinski For humanities, institutional repositories are a new mode of communicaiton, unlike the sciences.
  Ellen Duranceau A cultural shift in process at MIT
Clip 9 Bosiljka Glumac
& John Drabinski
How did Amherst addressed the small journal issues
  Kevin Davies Open access journals and predatory publishers
Clip 10 Bosiljka Glumac
& John Drabinski
How does John's journal financially survive?


Chris Loring
Director of the Libraries