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OA Panel "Open Scholarship Opens Minds"

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on October 13, 2010 at 1:18:30 pm

What:     A panel discussion on open access publishing and policies

Where:   Edwin Meese Conference Room, Mason Hall, Fairfax Campus

When:    Wednesday, October 20, 1:30 p.m.

 Dr. Clifford Lynch


"To me, open access is a fundamental approach to advancing scholarship and accelerating discovery, and ensuring knowledge is shared, transmitted and reused as a foundation for new knowledge. It shapes the ways in which we should approach the ongoing creation and stewardship of cultural memory and the intellectual record. "



Take a break on Wednesday afternoon to learn more about open access issues from scholars who choose to publish in open access journals. Featured panelist Clifford Lynch, Executive Director of the Coalition for Networked Information, leads the discussion with comments on higher education OA policies, access to library digital collections, faculty publishing choices, open courseware, and access to digitized library collections, among other things. Subsequently, a distinguished panel of four Mason faculty will share their experiences with OA publishing. Professors Tom Scheinfeldt (History), Donald Seto (Bioinformatics), Monique van Hoek (Molecular & Microbiology), and Edward Maibach (Communication) will discuss why they chose to publish in OA journals and the advantages and challenges of open access publishing. 



Dr. Tom Scheinfeldt


"Our salaries are paid by the state. Our research 
is funded by tax payers. Our work is reviewed by 
volunteers. The costs of online distribution are
essentially zero. What in this equation suggests we
should be charging our students, colleagues, and 
fellow citizens for access?"

   Dr. Donald Seto 


"Open access is an interesting concept with ramifications 
perhaps unanticipated.  While readers and researchers can 
access the information freely, the burden of $1600 or more,
even with discounts, for publishing a single manuscript, 
one that impacts "Promotion and Tenure" among other things, 
frequently falls to the researcher.  Not all, especially
university faculty, are well-funded and therefore are not
able to publish in these journals.  Of course the ones who
can are able to support their funding requests- setting up a gap."

Dr. Monique van Hoek


"It was Thomas Jefferson, not only author of the

Declaration of Independence and President of the US

but also founder of the University of Virginia, who said,

'He would receives an idea from me, receives instruction

himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his

taper at mine receives light without darkening me. That

ideas should freely spread from one to another over the

globe....seems to have been peculiarly and benevolently

designed by nature, when she made them...incapable of

confinement or exclusive appropriation.' Open access is

about increasing the spread of ideas around the globe,

distributing our scientific and academic findings for the

good and the use of all people."

Dr. Edward Maibach


"Publishing in open access journals 
is a great way to enhance the impact 
of your scholarship."  



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