May 24, 2022

Workshop Report and Presentations: "Scholarly Society Journals in Transition to Open Access"

From a KE Web Site Post:

The workshop was organised [by Knowledge Exchange] in conjunction with OASPA [Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association] and was attended by 35 participants, who came from a variety of backgrounds and countries.

General lessons from the presentations and discussions were not to generalize lessons for every journal. It is valuable to explain and bring journal related people “on board”. This process involves a lot of talking and this requires a lot of time.

The workshop concluded with a discussion of “next steps”. Two ways forward were recommended to assist more scholarly societies in gaining the benefits of open access when transitioning from a subscription business model for their journals. The two steps recommended for further discussion and action are:

  • To create a tool kit, which will act as a road map for societies in the transition to open access
  • To establish a system for measuring the impact of journals which have made the transition to open access

Workshop Report (PDF)

Workshop Presentations

Introduction to Knowledge Exchange
by Anne Sandfær, DEFF/KE

The Utrecht experience in transforming society journals
by Saskia Franken, Utrecht University Library

Making “Research in Learning Technology Open Access”
by Seb Schmoller, the Association for Learning Technology

Polar Research – Nine months long
by Helle Goldman, Polar Research

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