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The Open Access Symposium 2016 was held May 19–20. The opening session and reception on May 19 were held in the University Union, and events on May 20 were held in the Willis Library. The 2016 theme was "Open Access at the Tipping Point." Follow the discussion online at #untoa16 on Twitter and other social media.

The 2016 conference was held in conjunction with the Library Publishing Coalition's third annual Library Publishing Forum, which took place May 17-19.

photo of audience during 2016 Open Access Symposium

News and Announcements

Please remember that early registration ends March 31 and hotel blocks begin expiring April 16.

Attendees of the Library Publishing Forum 2016 and Open Access Symposium 2016 may take advantage of UNT's relationship with Camp Fire Child Care Network for referrals to licensed, trained child-care providers available while attending these events. Simply call +1 817 831 5060 and mention that you will be attending a conference at UNT.

The program for UNT's Open Access Symposium 2016, featuring presentations and interactive sessions led by researchers and librarians based in the US, Canada, UK, and the Netherlands from various fields of study, is now available.

The two-day event, held this year on the Denton campus just after the end of the spring semester, begins the afternoon of Thursday, May 19, with a keynote by Dan Morgan (publisher of Collabra) and a reception held jointly with the Library Publishing Forum 2016, an international conference which will be held just preceding the symposium.

The symposium will continue on Friday, May 20, with an opening keynote by J.E.C.V. Rooryck, a linguist who led the mass resignation of the editors of an Elsevier journal and has launched a new journal aimed at having a fair, sustainable publishing model. Parallel sessions will include presentations on sustaining open-access publishing, researcher perceptions, open data, and institutional open-access policies. The afternoon's featured speaker will be Brian Nosek, a psychologist who co-founded the Center for Open Science, which operates the Open Science Framework, and the closing speaker will be Lorraine Haricombe, vice provost and director of the University of Texas Libraries at the University of Texas at Austin.

Those interested in open educational resources (OER), including open textbooks, will want to consider attending a preconference of presentations and a workshop on Tuesday afternoon, May 17. The Library Publishing Coalition is offering a registration rate of $50 for that preconference only. See the website of the Library Publishing Forum 2016 for more details. In addition, we encourage you to consider registering for the entire Library Publishing Forum 2016, which is open to everyone interested in publishing services provided by libraries.

Discounted early registration for the Open Access Symposium ends March 31!

We are pleased to announce Dan Morgan of the University of California Press as the joint keynote speaker for the Library Publishing Forum 2016 and Open Access Symposium 2016. Morgan is Digital Science Publisher at the University of California Press, and the Publisher of Collabra, the Press’ new value-sharing OA journal. He joined UC Press in June 2014 to focus on mission-driven, not-for-profit, digital initiatives. He has worked in scholarly publishing for over 13 years, in publishing management, research, open access, and strategy roles. All of that time was at Elsevier where he ended up the head of the Psychology and Cognitive Sciences journals department, then Senior Manager for Open Access and other outreach for North America. He is a passionate advocate for open access, open science, and advancing scholarly communication. When he isn't thinking about Collabra he enjoys playing guitars in bands, films, craft cocktails, espionage novels, and dogs. Twitter Handle: @djjmorgan

Prof. Brian Nosek, the featured speaker for UNT's Open Access Symposium 2016, has been named one of ten top influencers by the Chronicle of Higher Education. According to the Chronicle, Nosek "forced a reckoning with deep problems in science."

We are pleased to announce Prof. Brian Nosek of the University of Virginia and the Center for Open Science as the featured speaker for UNT's Open Access Symposium 2016. Prof. Nosek received a Ph.D. in from Yale University in 2002 and is a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Virginia. In 2007, he received early career awards from the International Social Cognition Network (ISCON) and the Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI). He co-founded Project Implicit, an Internet-based multi-university collaboration of research and education about implicit cognition—thoughts and feelings that exist outside of awareness or control. Prof. Nosek investigates the gap between values and practices—such as when behavior is influenced by factors other than one's intentions and goals. Research applications of this interest are implicit bias, diversity and inclusion, automaticity, social judgment and decision-making, attitudes, beliefs, ideology, morality, identity, memory, and barriers to innovation. Through lectures, training, and consulting, Nosek applies scientific research to improve the alignment between personal and organizational values and practices. Nosek also co-founded and directs the Center for Open Science (COS) that operates the Open Science Framework. The COS aims to increase openness, integrity, and reproducibility of scientific research.

We are pleased to announce Prof.dr. J.E.C.V. (Johan) Rooryck of the Leiden University Centre for Linguistics as the keynote speaker for UNT’s Open Access Symposium 2016. Prof. Rooryck is an expert on the syntax of Romance languages and has served as executive editor of the journal Lingua, published by Elsevier, since 1998. In October 2015, he and five co-editors resigned their positions, effective at the end of 2015, as did all 31 members of the editorial board, in protest of the publisher’s policies on pricing and copyright. The editors and editorial board will establish a new journal, Glossa, in 2016, to be published by Ubiquity Press and Open Library of Humanities, that will be fully open-access. Prof. Rooryck is also co-founder of LingOA, an organization dedicated to facilitating the difficult transition of linguistics journals from a subscription model to fair open access.