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The Business and Economics of Open Access


The 2014 symposium will examine the economics, business models, and practice of Open Access (OA) publications. For the purpose of delving more deeply and analytically into these aspects of successful OA, economics should be broadly understood as all of the opportunities and challenges of OA publications at either the micro or macro level that contribute to long term sustainability of OA publications. What lessons has the field learned to date about effective strategies for sustaining OA publications. How do OA publications fit into the larger cycle of scholarly communication? This symposium will bring together researchers, press directors, librarians, administrators, and other OA stakeholders with an interest in engaging with these topics.

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News and Announcements

Alternative Events Call for Proposals Extented through Friday, April 18th!

We seek submissions of Alternative Events to supplement the Symposium programs and provide additional opportunities for attendees to network and participate. Alternative events can include panels, fishbowl sessions, birds-of-a-feather or affinity group sessions, wildcard sessions, demos/exhibitions, or hands-on workshops. These alternative events will be breakout sessions at this year's symposium so email your proposals today! Full submission details can be found on the Symposium Call for Proposals page.

The University of North Texas Libraries invites you to attend The Business and Economics of Open Access. UNT’s fifth annual Open Access Symposium will take place May 19-20, 2014 at the UNT Health Sciences Center in Fort Worth, Texas. Registration is now open! Early-bird registration ($175) is available until April 18, 2014.

Today we are announcing our keynote speaker for the 2014 Open Access Symposium. Dr. Peter Binfield has worked in the academic publishing world for almost 20 years. He is currently co-founder and publisher at PeerJ. Since gaining his PhD in Optic Physics, he has held positions at Institute of Physics, Kluwer Academic, Springer, SAGE and most recently the Public Library of Science (PLoS). He is a respected authority in the academic publishing and Open Access worlds and we are thrilled to welcome him as the keynote speaker for our 2014 Open Access Symposium in May.