What’s Next For OA?

Diane CoganDavid RossDr Emma WilsonDr Neil Jacobs


Open Access publishing models are a business reality in 2015 for an ever-growing number of scientific and scholarly publishers. Article Processing Charges (APCs) are making OA possible, but the revolutionary changes propelled by Open Access business models touch every aspect of publishing. New customers. New operations. New compliance requirements. New problems.

The OA Challenge in 2015 is to identify end-to-end solutions that manage the change, minimize the business burden, and maximize the publishing results.

Recorded at the 2015 London Book Fair, thought leaders and executives from across the scholarly publishing world addressed these issues in a lively, interactive discussion with CCC’s Chris Kenneally.

Dr Neil Jacobs is Head of Scholarly Communications Support at Jisc. In this role, he is responsible for a range of work that enables UK universities to implement Open Access efficiently and effectively, reflecting the policies of UK Government and (inter)national research funders. This work includes services such as Sherpa/RoMEO (journal OA policies), CORE (global OA search and analytics) and IRUS-UK (usage statistics from repositories). He is also involved in Jisc’s negotiations with publishers to transition to Open Access without excessive cost to universities. He maintains close ties with UK research funders, libraries, research managers and domain experts. Neil has been working on Open Access for over 10 years, and in the library and information profession for over 20 years, covering policy, economic, technical and organisational aspects of scholarly communication.

Dr Emma Wilson MRSC is Director of Publishing, Journals and Databases, Royal Society of Chemistry. Emma has over 15 years’ experience working in the scholarly publishing sector. She has worked for both commercial and not for profit publishers in a variety of editorial and business development roles, joining the Royal Society of Chemistry in 2006. In her current role she has responsibility for editorial, product and policy development including the shaping of the Royal Society of Chemistry’s policies and products within the Open Access arena.

As Executive Publisher for Open Access (OA), David Ross has a global remit, responsible for the strategic direction of SAGE’s OA journals program, as well as managing SAGE’S flagship OA titles: SAGE Open, SAGE Open Medicine and SAGE Open Medical Case Reports. Alongside this David is also responsible for the development of the systems, process and policies that support SAGE’s OA publishing.

David has a rich history of experience with OA. He managed SAGE’s initial venture into OA publishing, a partnership with Hindawi, and was a founding board member of the Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA). David also represented SAGE as one of the publishing partners for the Study of Open Access Publishing (SOAP), a two-year projected launched in 2009 with the aim to disseminate broadly a description and analysis of models of open access publishing.

Joining SAGE in 2000, David has played a key role in the development of both SAGE’S journal catalogue and OA publishing program. Having joined as SAGE’s Business Development Manager, David has since held a number of roles including: Senior Editor, Head of Commercial Sales and Engineering publisher. Previous to his roles at SAGE, David worked at Kluwer Academic Publishers, Chapman and Hall/Thomson and Arnold Publications. David can be followed on Twitter at @DrossUK2011

Diane Cogan is Sales Director for the UK and Europe for Ringgold. Ringgold supports a scholarly supply chain where information and data about subscribers, authors, readers, and content is able to flow easily and without confusion. Diane has worked in the STEM publishing industry for over 35 years. Diane worked with Reed Elsevier for 28 years in a variety of publishing roles and was Publishing Director for Elsevier’s Social Science and Economics publishing programmes for 7 years.

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