Session 2A

Fueling Scholarship
How Do We Move the Goal of Open Access from Concept to Reality?

This session will look at the current state of the transition to Open Access and the constraints different market players are experiencing, and will consider what is needed to see a marked increase in the number of research papers and books published Open Access. Recent data released by Springer Nature shows that where the ‘market’ conditions are right, open access is accounting for up to 90% of a country’s research output. The panel will explore the OA workflow from a publisher perspective, market trends, and the influence and impact of funder and institutional policies on both of these, as well as different regional approaches to OA more generally. It will challenge participants to think about what is not being done now that needs to be and whether different solutions are needed for research intensive markets or indeed different regions and or subject disciplines.


Pippa Smart, ALPSP
Pippa Smart is Editor-in-Chief of Learned Publishing, the ALPSP journal, President-Elect of the European Association of Science Editors and an independent research communication and publishing consultant. She previously worked for Blackwell Science, CABI, CUP, and spent 5 years working with publishers and editors in developing countries whilst at INASP. She now provides training and consultancy services for a wide range of publishers and editorial groups across the world. She is also a non-executive Director of Practical Action Publishing, the publishing arm of the charity, Practical Action. Twitter Handle: @LearnedPublish


Rachel Burley, Springer Nature
Rachel Burley has responsibility for BMC and SpringerOpen’s editorial and commercial activity. The group publishes 575 open access journals and across all research disciplines. She joined Springer Nature in February 2016. Previously she was Vice President and Director of Open Access at Wiley, where she led the strategic planning and development of Wiley’s open access initiatives. Prior to that, she spent seven years at Nature Research, where she developed several new journals including Nature Methods and Nature Protocols.
Ivy Anderson, California Digital Library
Ivy Anderson is Associate Executive Director and Director of Collections at the California Digital Library, where she oversees a broad range of shared collections activities encompassing licensed content, management of shared print collections, and mass digitization on behalf of the ten-campus University of California system.  Ivy is probably best known for her work in content licensing and scholarly communications.  She was co-Principal Investigator on the Pay It Forward project, which examined the viability of a large-scale transition to open access for major North American research institutions, and currently chairs the Governing Council of SCOAP3, a global open access initiative in high energy physics.  Before coming to the CDL in December 2005, Ivy was Program Manager for E-Resource Management and Licensing at the Harvard University Library, where she developed and managed a shared licensing program on behalf of Harvard’s many libraries.
Stuart Buck, Laura and John Arnold Foundation
At the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, Stuart advises the Board of Directors and programmatic teams on the Foundation’s overall research agenda as well as specific external research investments. Prior to his current role, Stuart led the Foundation’s efforts to advance a number of important initiatives aimed at improving the transparency and reliability of scientific research. Stuart serves on the boards of the Harvard Multi-Regional Clinical Trials Center and the Houston Education Research Consortium, and is a technical advisor to the Veterans Administration’s Partnered Evidence-Based Policy Resource Center. He has authored and co-authored scholarly articles published in journals such as Science, Harvard Law Review, Education Economics, and more. He is the author of a Yale University Press book on education in the African-American community, Acting White. Stuart holds a Ph.D. in education policy from the University of Arkansas, where he studied econometrics, statistics, and program evaluation; a J.D. with honors from Harvard Law School, where he was an editor of the Harvard Law Review; and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in music performance from the University of Georgia.