Presentations examine open access in journal publishing

October 09, 2012

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. -- A number of prestigious universities and individual disciplines of higher education have moved toward supporting open access principles as they relate to journal publishing and the role of scholarly societies in publishing. Made possible by the Internet and the consent of the author or copyright holder, open access literature is digital, online, free of charge, and free of most copyright and licensing restrictions. Radically changing the distribution of the peer-reviewed journal literature, open access offers free and unrestricted access by all scientists, scholars, teachers, students and other curious minds.

Now in its seventh year, International Open Access Week is Oct. 21 to 27, and activities at Penn State University Libraries will include two speakers presenting perspectives on open access as well as a live webcast from Washington, D.C.

The program, held in Foster Auditorium, 102 Paterno Library, will include:

1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 22: "Opening Access to Research: From Concepts to Actions," Mike Furlough, associate dean for Research and Scholarly Communications, Penn State University Libraries, will provide an overview of the history and key concepts of the open access movement, including steps faculty and students can take to keep their work open. Issues discussed will include who has access, who should have access and how this can be accomplished.

4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Oct. 22: “Set the Default to Open Access Webinar,” a live webcast sponsored by the World Bank and the Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition to include a panel of stakeholder groups including researchers, students and policymakers. See and follow updates on Twitter with #WBLive.

1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Oct. 23: "Digital's Rising Tide: DIY and Publication Standards in Digital Collections," Nick Disabato, creator and leader of the Publication Standards Project (, will discuss archiving issues of open access materials, especially as related to commercial platform dominance; and look at the different formats of e-book and progressive obsolescence and archiving, user-generated content and ramifications for publishers, authors, libraries and readers.

2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Oct. 23: Following the presentations, refreshments and an open discussion with Disabato on digital collections, self-publishing, Internet disruption and other topics in Mann Assembly Room, 103 Paterno Library, join Nick Disabato

For a schedule of the full program, go to

Free and open to the public, the talks will also be live streamed and archived on MediaSite Live at No login is required. The program is sponsored by the University Libraries' Colloquia Committee.

For more information or for questions about accessibility accommodations and the physical access provided, call Linda Friend, head of Scholarly Publishing Services, University Libraries, at 814-865-0673.



  • Nick Disabato, creator and leader of the Publication Standards Project will speak Oct. 23.

    IMAGE: Penn State
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