How Open Access is changing scholarly communication

( This session is sponsored by QScience )



Panel Description

The 1.5 hour session will look at how open access is transforming scholarly communication norms and explore what strategies are working, why they are working, what’s ahead, and what the implications are for academic, research, and governmental libraries.


The session aims to raise awareness of the impact of open access and the implications for academic and research libraries. It will:

  • Stimulate attendees to consider the merits of implementing an institutional digital repository at their university.
  • Equip attendees to weigh the merits of and appropriate approach to open research archiving policies within their institutions.
  • Raise awareness of new library roles in research/data management, digital rights management, and e-science.


A decade has passed since the Budapest Open Access Initiative ( was announced — a landmark development that many observers consider to be the birth of the open access movement. How has scholarly communication evolved in the intervening years? This session will take stock of the lessons learned and look ahead to the implications for libraries, universities, scholars and scientists, and other stakeholders.

The session will be moderated by Rick Johnson of King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST). Mr. Johnson was an early proponent of open access as founding director of SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition) and part of the group that developed the Budapest Open Access Initiative. He will provide a brief introduction to open access and introduce the three presentations:

1. University Open Access Policies: Who, What, Why and How?
Kevin Smith, Scholarly Communications Officer, Duke University Libraries

Around the world, universities and research funders are increasingly adopting policies aimed at ensuring research is deposited in open institutional repositories. Kevin Smith of Duke University, will look at how this came about at his and other universities and will review the scope and success of the policies that have been implemented. Mr. Smith, who holds both a law degree and a Masters of Library Science, is Duke’s first Scholarly Communications Officer, in which role he advises faculty, administrators and students about copyright, intellectual property licensing, and scholarly publishing.

2. Open Access Publishing: What's Working?
Arend Küster, Managing Director, Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Journals

Today there are an estimated 7,000 open access journals and, for new and traditional publishers alike, open access plays a growing role. In this presentation Arend Küster of Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Journals will look at the business models that are proving to be sustainable and at library roles in the open access journal environment. Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Journals (BQFJ) operates the open-access publishing platform. He joined BQFJ from Bloomsbury Publishing in London, where he was Business Development Director. He has worked in publishing for over 25 years, mainly in academic and professional journals.

3. Opening the Door to Open Science.
Cameron Neylon, Senior Scientist, ISIS Neutron Scattering facility, Science and Technology Facilities Council (UK) [invited]
The timely communication of all phases of research -- from start to finish, without boundaries -- offers an opportunity to revolutionize science. But to make the most of this opportunity, new practices and protocols are needed. Cameron Neylon a biophysicist and advocate of open research practice and enhanced data management, will look at the emerging open science movement and suggest new roles academic and research libraries might play. Dr. Neylon is a co-author of the Panton Principles for Open Data in Science, founding Editor in Chief of Open Research Computation, and writes regularly on the social, technical, and policy issues of open research at his blog, Science in the Open.

Following these presentations, three pre-selected academic librarians from the Gulf region will pose a series of questions to the panel of experts, designed to more closely connect open access to issues relevant to institutions and professionals in the region. There also will be an opportunity for questions from the audience.

Session Speakers

Kevin Smith, J.D.

Director of Scholarly Communications
Duke University
As Duke University’s first Scholarly Communications Officer, Kevin Smith’s principal role is to teach and advise faculty, administrators and students about copyright, intellectual property licensing and scholarly publishing .

Kevin holds a Masters of Library Science from Kent State University and has worked as an academic librarian in both liberal arts colleges and specialized libraries. His strong interest in copyright law began in library school and he received a law degree from Capital University in 2005. Before moving to Duke in 2006, Kevin served as the Director of the Pilgrim Library at Defiance College in Ohio, where he also taught Constitutional Law. He is admitted to the bar in Ohio and North Carolina.

Cameron Neylon

Senior Scientist at Science and Technology Facilities Council
Cameron Neylon is a biophysicist who has always worked in interdisciplinary areas and is an advocate of open research practice and improved data management. He currently works as Senior Scientist in Biomolecular Sciences at the ISIS Neutron Scattering facility at the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC). Along with his work in structural biology and biophysics his research and writing focuses on the interface of web technology with science and the successful (and unsuccessful) application of generic and specially designed tools in the academic research environment. He is a co-author of the Panton Principles for Open Data in Science, founding Editor in Chief of Open Research Computation, and writes regularly on the social, technical, and policy issues of open research at his blog, Science in the Open.

Arend Kuester

Managing Director at Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Journals
Business Development Director at Bloomsbury Publishing Plc
Arend joined Bloomsbury Qatar Foundation Journals (BQFJ) from Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, where he was Business Development Director and led the development of BQFJ. He has worked in publishing for over 25 years, mainly in academic and professional journals. He currently is on the Council of the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP).

Prior to joining Bloomsbury in London, Arend was the European Director for Publishers Communication Group (PCG) and developed Sales and Marketing Strategies for scientific, technical and medical (STM) publishers including Elsevier Science, Springer, American Physical Society, Taylor and Francis, Wiley Blackwell, University of Chicago Press, British Medical Journal, Oxford University Press and Cambridge University Press, Palgrave Macmillan and many others. He is particularly excited in developing sustainable and innovative publishing, which work with new technologies to improve access to information.

Rick Johnson

Manager, Reference & Research Services
King Abdullah University of Science & Technology Library (KAUST)
Rick Johnson is a leading international authority on scholarly communication and open access to research. Currently he is involved in start-up of the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST), a new research university near Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, on the Red Sea.
As the founding Executive Director of SPARC from 1998-2005 and a consultant from 2005-2009, he advanced new models for scholarly communication. Under his leadership, SPARC initiated the movement for public access to publicly funded research and undertook dozens of successful publishing collaborations. Rick is co-founder of BioOne, a successful digital publishing platform for society journals in the biosciences, and has served on the boards of Cornell University’s Project Euclid math publishing initiative and the National Institutes of Health’s PubMed Central biomedical archive.
Before SPARC, he was Senior Vice President of Congressional Information Service, Inc. and University Publications of America. There he sponsored development of the divisions’ first Web-based services and drove dramatic international expansion.

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