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Workshop sponsored by the Academy of Medical Sciences, the Institute of Physics, The Royal Society, The Royal Society of Chemistry and the Society of Biology.
A one-day workshop to discuss the implications for scientific researchers of Government and funder policies on open access publication, including the Research Councils’ policy which will take effect in April 2013 and HEFCE’s evolving policy in relation to the post-2014 REF
Joint statement from the organisers summarising the main points of the day
Dame Janet FinchOpening and Closing Remarks
Professor Dame Janet Finch is Honorary Professor of Sociology at Manchester University, following her retirement as Vice-Chancellor of Keele University, having served for fifteen years. Dame Janet has also been involved at national level in a range of policy-making bodies, related to research, education and public policy. At the invitation of the UK government, she recently chaired the independent group advising on the future of academic publishing in an Open Access environment.
Michael Jubb, Director, Research Information NetworkSetting the scene: the Finch Report - Accessibility, sustainability, excellence: how to expand access to research publications - and Government policy
Michael Jubb has more than twenty years’ experience in research policy, funding and administration, as well as scholarly communications. He has served as Deputy Secretary of the British Academy and Deputy Chief Executive of the Arts and Humanities Research Board, overseeing the Board’s transition to full Research Council status in 2005. He is the founding Director of the Research Information Network, where he has worked with a range of organisations with a stake in scholarly communications, from research funders and universities to libraries and publishers, on issues ranging from researchers’ use of library and information services, to analyses of the economics of scholarly communications. He served as Secretary to the Finch Committee in 2011 – 2012.
Dr Tony Peatfield, Director of Corporate Affairs, Medical Research CouncilImplementation of open access in the UK: challenges and solutions for the Research Councils
Tony is Director of Corporate Affairs at the MRC. His responsibilities include corporate governance, policy (including regulation, ethics, research integrity), corporate communications, risk and audit. He is a member of MRC’s Management Board.
Tony joined the MRC in 1985 after post-doctoral research at St George’s Hospital Medical School and in San Francisco. He spent his early MRC career in Research Programmes Group, working in areas such as radiobiology, MRI, AIDS, health services and public health research, and tropical diseases.
In 2001/02, Tony was seconded to the (then) OST to work on the Government’s Cross-cutting review of Science and Research.
He developed the MRC’s open access policy in 2005/06, and since September 2012 has been the RCUK policy lead on OA.
Dr David Sweeney, Director, Research, Innovation and Skills, HEFCEImplementation of open access in the UK: challenges and solutions for HEFCE
David Sweeney has been Director (Research, Innovation and Skills) at HEFCE since 2008. In this role he is responsible for developing policy on Research (including the Research Assessment Exercise and Research Excellence Framework) and Knowledge Exchange and Skills. He is also responsible for the Strategic Development Fund and Catalyst Fund. A statistician, David worked at two BBSRC research institutes, developing mathematical models of plant growth then moving into senior management in the IT area, becoming Director of Information Services at Royal Holloway, University of London and serving in a national role as Chair of the Universities and Colleges Information Systems Association. He became Vice-Principal (Communications, Enterprise and Research) in 2004, responsible for research strategy, the 2008 RAE submission and for developing Royal Holloway’s research-led commercial and consultancy activities, knowledge transfer and development programme.
Professor David Price, Vice-Provost, Research, UCLImplementation of open access in the UK: challenges and solutions for university administrators
David is Vice-Provost (Research) at UCL and Professor of Mineral Physics.
David has an undergraduate degree and a PhD from the University of Cambridge. He was a Fulbright-Hayes Scholar and Research Associate at the University of Chicago, and a Research Fellow at Clare College Cambridge, before coming to UCL in 1983 as a Royal Society University Research Fellow. At UCL, he was appointed Professor at the age of 34, and later served as Head of the Department Earth Sciences, and as Dean of Mathematical and Physical Sciences, before being appointed to his current position of Vice Provost in 2007.
He was one of the first to establish the now major interdisciplinary field of computational mineral physics, and has published over 230 research papers. He was awarded the Schlumberger Medal of the Mineralogical Society of Great Britain in 1999; the Murchison Medal of the Geological Society of London in 2002; and in 2006 he was awarded the Louis Néel Medal of the European Geosciences Union for "establishing the importance of computational mineral physics in Earth sciences and for outstanding contributions to the physics of the Earth’s core". He is a Member of the Academia Europaea and an Elected Fellow of the American Geophysical Union and of the Mineralogical Society of America. He has been an editor of Elsevier’s "Earth and Planetary Science Letters" (2005-8), and was President of the Mineralogical Society of Great Britain and Ireland (2004-6). He was a member of the UK’s HEFCE RAE2008 sub-panel on Earth and Environmental Sciences, and is now chair the REF2014 sub-Panel in this area. He is Chair of Governors of the UCL Academy School; a Council Member of the STFC; a non-executive Director the North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust; a Member of the Knowledge Advisory Group of the World Economic Forum; and a Member of Elsevier’s Academic Executive Advisory Board.
Ian Russell, Editorial Director, Science, Oxford University PressImplementation of open access in the UK: challenges and solutions for scientific publishers
Ian Russell is Editorial Director for Science at Oxford University Press. He has worked in scholarly publishing for 20 years including previous positions as Head of Publishing at The Royal Society and Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP). He is currently an elected member of the Board of the International STM Association, is a Non-Executive Director of the Publishers Licensing Society, sits on the advisory board of the Oxford Brookes publishing course, and is on the steering group of Usage Factor. Among a number of other leadership positions in the publishing industry, Ian served a four-year term on the board of JISC (the Joint Information Systems Committee), was a Trustee of INASP (International Network for the Availability of Scientific Publications), and a member of the UNESCO working group on access to scholarly information.
Phil Sykes, Librarian, University of LiverpoolImplementation of open access in the UK: challenges and solutions for university libraries
After taking a history degree at Oxford, working in a second hand bookshop for a year and qualifying as a lawyer, Phil became a Library Assistant at the Brotherton Library at Leeds University (after a failed application for a job dusting books there) then gained a professional qualification at Leeds Polytechnic.
He is now University Librarian and Assistant Public Orator at the University of Liverpool, but prior to this spent most of his career in new university libraries, where he twice had the experience of merging computing and library services.
He has been professionally active throughout his career. He served on the executive of SCONUL twice and on a variety of its subcommittees. He was Chair of Research Libraries UK for two years, where his overriding preoccupations were improving collaboration between members and securing more reasonable journal prices. His chief current interests include Open Access, the management and motivation of library staff, use of surveys and statistical information, and financial issues in library management. He was a member of the Finch group on Open Access and serves on the JISC Open Access Implementation Committee. He has also written and lectured on legal and financial aspects of information provision, staff development, text digitisation and "convergence" of library and computing services.
Dr James Milne, Managing Director, Publishing, Royal Society of ChemistryPanel discussion of afternoon speakers
James Milne is the Managing Director for Publishing at the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).
He started his publishing career at Pergamon/Elsevier in 1992, holding a variety of editorial and business development positions before joining the RSC as Editorial Director in 2009. Since February 2011 he has led the successful development of the RSC’s significant portfolio of books, journals, databases and magazines. The RSC has recently launched a dozen new journals, including the award winning Chemical Science, and the innovative journal RSC Advances, which moved to a weekly frequency within its first year. The international profile has also developed significantly, with RSC offices now in USA, China, Japan, India and Brazil.
As MD for RSC Publishing, he has a vision to develop the portfolio to place the RSC at the forefront of the information profession, while truly satisfying the information needs of the international chemical science community.
He is a member of the STM Education & Training Committee, and also sits on the Council of ALPSP, and the Board for CCDC.
Professor Miles Padgett, Dean of Research, University of GlasgowImplementation of open access in the UK: challenges and solutions for researchers in physics
Miles Padgett is Professor of Optics in the Department of Physics and Astronomy at the University of Glasgow. He heads a 15-person team covering a wide spectrum from blue-sky research to applied commercial development, funded by a combination of government, charity and industry. In 2001 he was elected to Fellowship of the Royal Society of Edinburgh. In 2007/8 he was a Leverhulme Trust, Royal Society Senior Research Fellow. From 2009 he holds a Royal Society/Wolfson Merit Award. In 2011 he was appointed to the Kelvin Chair of Natural Philosophy and became a Fellow of the Optical Society.
In 2008 Padgett was awarded the UK Institute of Physics, Optics and Photonics Division Prize for a “distinguished record of achievement in research that spans fundamental aspects of optical angular momentum and applied optical sensors”. In 2009 Padgett was awarded the Institute of Physics, Young Medal “for pioneering work on optical angular momentum”.
Padgett is recognised for his studies in the field of optics and in particular of optical angular momentum. His contributions include an optical spanner for spinning micron-sized cells, use of orbital angular momentum to increase the data capacity of communication systems and an angular form of the quantum Einstein-Podolsky-Rosen (EPR) paradox.
Professor Tom Welton, Head of Chemistry, Imperial College LondonImplementation of open access in the UK: challenges and solutions for researchers in chemistry
Professor Tom Welton is Head of the Department of Chemistry and Professor of Sustainable Chemistry at Imperial College London.
Tom was the world’s first Professor of Sustainable Chemistry. Sustainable Chemistry is the implementation of sustainability (both environmental and economic) in the production and use of chemicals and the application of chemistry and chemical products to enable sustainable development. It encompasses a range of activities, such as making biodegradable products, sourcing chemicals from renewable resources and/or making chemicals processes more efficient in energy and less wasteful in materials.
Tom is particularly interested in solvents because they are by far the largest volume materials used by the chemicals industries and they are usually volatile organic compounds that can be environmentally damaging. He is also interested in using solvents to improve chemical processes. Most of his work is with solvents entirely composed of ions - ionic liquids.
His research covers a broad range of the chemical sciences and he has been the author of papers in journal representing all three of the traditional branches of the subject (Inorganic, Organic and Physical).
Professor Geoffrey Smith, Head of Department of Pathology, University of CambridgeImplementation of open access in the UK: challenges and solutions for researchers in biomedicine
Geoffrey L. Smith is Professor of Pathology and a Wellcome Trust Principal Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge. He obtained his PhD (1981) for work with influenza virus at NIMR, London. Then as a postdoc at NIH, USA (1981 – 1984), he developed vaccinia virus (the smallpox vaccine) as an expression vector and established the use of genetically engineered viruses as live vaccines. He continued working with poxviruses after returning to UK at Cambridge (1985 – 1989), Oxford (1989 – 2000), Imperial College London (2000 – 2011) and now as Head of the Department of Pathology in Cambridge. His research studies the interactions of poxviruses with the host cell and immune system.
He has several roles promoting microbiology and advising on science policy. Currently, he is President of the International Union of Microbiological Societies, Chairman of the WHO Advisory Committee for Variola Virus (smallpox) Research, Chairman of the Royal Society Committee for Scientific Aspects of International Security, a member of the Royal Society Science Policy Advisory Group, and a Governor of the Lister Institute of Preventive Medicine. He was elected a Fellow of the Academy of Medical Sciences and the Institute of Biology (2002) and a Fellow of the Royal Society (2003). He was awarded the Feldberg Foundation Prize in Medical and Biological Science (2005) and elected a Founding Member of the European Academy of Microbiology (2008) and a member of the German National Academy of Sciences (Leopoldina) (2011). In 2012 he received the GlaxoSmithKline / American Society for Microbiology International Member of the Year Award.
The Rt. Hon. David Willetts MPQ&A with Minister of State for Universities and Science
Dr Nicola Gulley, Editorial Director, IOP PublishingThe requirement for CC-BY licensing: challenges and solutions for researchers
Nicola is the Editorial Director for IOP Publishing. She has been with IOP Publishing for 15 years and has also worked as publisher on some of their major titles. Nicola is responsible for the strategic development of the content and related services globally, managing the central editorial team responsible for delivering the journal, website and magazine content. Before becoming a publisher, Nicola completed an experimental PhD at Manchester University, UK. She is a Fellow of the Institute of Physics and has recently joined the IUPAP Working Group on Communication in Physics.
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