The 10th Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing (COASP) kicks off on Monday, 17 September, 2018 at the University of Vienna, Austria. Hosted by the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA), this major annual scholarly publishing conference brings the open access community together to discuss new developments and innovations in scholarly publishing and to unite in the shared goal of making research around the world openly accessible. The program is tailored for those working in publishing, librarianship, government, higher education, funding agencies, nonprofits, and other affiliated industries.
There’s a full agenda for this event, so we’ve asked CCC colleagues in attendance to share their top-priority sessions to help you get the most out of COASP 2018.
Jen Goodrich, Principal Consultant
Panel 1 | Early Movers
Monday, September 17
2:00pm – 3.30pm
I’m really looking forward to this special panel kicking off COASP 2018, which features key leaders from the early years of the open access movement, including Vitek Tracz, David Prosser, Susan Murray, Marin Dacos, Leslie Chan, and Caroline Sutton. Since COASP held its first conference in 2008, the OA movement has made great progress and become, in many ways, significantly more complex than anyone first imagined. This is a wonderful chance to get these visionaries’ take not only on the history of the movement, but the road ahead.
Kurt Heisler, Sales Director
Panel 2 | Transformative Agreements
Tuesday, September 18
11.00am – 12.15pm
As the scholarly communications ecosystem travels down the road to more open research, agreements between publishers, university libraries, and research funders are increasing in number and innovative design. Consortia deals, offsetting arrangements, read-and-publish agreements: new business models are having a significant impact on stakeholders at all levels, from strategic to tactical. This panel, made up of publishers (Xenia van Edig, Business Development, Copernicus Publications; Kamran Naim, Director of Partnerships & Initiatives, Annual Reviews), a university consortia representative (Wilma van Wezenbeek, Programme Manager, Open Access, VSNU), and a repository network association (Kathleen Shearer, Executive Director, COAR) represents the movers-and-shakers of this new landscape where OA agreements of all varieties are essential to program sustainability. Don’t miss out on getting their first-hand take.
Chuck Hemenway, Sales Director
Panel 4 | Open Access Monographs
Wednesday, September 19
9.45am – 11.00am
This session feels timely and significant, making it a “must attend” for me. As I recently discussed in this post, by now journals are well established in the OA space, and attention is turning to monographs. While open access articles and books share an undergirding philosophy, they differ significantly in practice. We need to pay particular attention to key issues of use, discoverability, rights, and perhaps most importantly, implementation infrastructure. I look forward to hearing OA heavy hitters like Ros Pyne (Head of Policy & Development, Open Research, Springer Nature) and Mark Edington (Director, Amherst College Press) weigh in on how we can make OA books a success and possibly what learned lessons we can possibly transfer from OA journal programs to this space.