Webinar 1: Monographs, open access and public policy: UKRI OA consultation 2020
Thursday 23 April 2020 / 15:00 - 16:30 PM (BST)
The last REDUX conference in 2018 sparked a very animated discussion about Open Access, monographs and the Research Excellence Framework which has continued unabated ever since. In this REDUX 2020 session two of the principal participants in these discussions, Helen Snaith of Research England (part of UKRI), and Richard Fisher of Yale UP, continue the crucial dialogue between policy-makers and scholarly publishers, and consider the ways in which many important positions articulated then have since developed and moved on.
This session will cover the UKRI OA review and the proposed new OA policy for monographs, book chapters and edited collections. UKRI is currently seeking views on its proposed OA policy via a consultation, which closes 29 May 2020. Delegates are invited to read the UKRI OA consultation document before the session.
There will be ample opportunity for audience engagement around key themes including timelines, routes to OA, licenses, exceptions and international traction.
An unedited recording of the webinar can be found here.
The edited version of the recording, with subtitles, will be available on this page and on Cambridge Open Engage from June 2020.
Webinar 2: Money and Mission
Thursday 21 May 2020 / 15:00 - 16:30 PM (BST)
University presses have served two masters arguably since Cambridge began printing bibles, and certainly since Johns Hopkins’ first president included us among a university’s “noblest duties” back in 1878. We are unique among our higher education colleagues in having one foot firmly in the academy and the other firmly in the marketplace. Moreover, historically our administrations have relied far more on market metrics in evaluating our performance. While presses generally have balanced well these oft-competing demands, new pressure points are emerging. As technology offers both new ways to deliver content and new ways to measure engagement … as traditional business models struggle under the combined weight of changed buying patterns and broader pressures on the higher education finances … is it time to ask: are we still measuring the right things? In this panel, diverse perspectives will weigh in on how university presses might think about balancing mission and money going forward.
There will be ample opportunity for audience engagement via a live question and answer session.
The edited version of the recording, with subtitles, will be available on this page and on Cambridge Open Engage shortly.
Webinar 3: Open Access: Sales - Open Access business models for books and journals
Thursday 25 June 2020 / 15:00 - 16:30 PM (BST)
When it comes to a healthy OA publishing ecosystem, diversity in business models may be key. To avoid a mere shift from reader pays to author pays system, publishers are exploring new models to make OA content sustainable on both the books and journals fronts. These include going direct to libraries with package offerings that include extras to improve reader experience, particularly around content for classrooms. Some freemium models are designed to break down the silos and functions of traditional publishing, enabling open peer review, community engagement, and multi-modal content.
Building upon strong bases of support, consortium or subscriber-funded projects seek to open content, like invited review articles not suitable for APC charges, or even to flip entire disciplines. Other new initiatives see grant or government funding as the best way to get new regional projects off the ground.
The edited version of the recording, with subtitles, will be available on this page and on Cambridge Open Engage in July.
Webinar 4: Environmental Change – The Impact on Academics and University Presses beyond the Research
Thursday 16 July 2020 / 15:00 - 16:30 PM (BST)
With environmental discussions having moved from conferences and research papers to a more general public sphere, the importance of university presses and academics leading the way to change has become even more pertinent.
This session will discuss the changes that university presses and academic publishers are facing to ensure that both economic and planetary goals align and the regulations that go along with these changes. We will also touch on the actions that need to be taken by academics across all fields to ensure we reach our goals of cutting down on carbon emissions and creating a more sustainable future.
Webinar 5: An Altered Landscape: The Impact of Covid 19 on University Presses
Thursday 30 July 2020 / 15:00 - 16:30 PM (BST)
Covid-19 has created global upheaval in a way not seen since the Second World War. Among the sectors hardest hit has been education, with modes of teaching and research, a long-term trajectory of internationalisation and multiple revenue streams for universities disrupted in ways unthinkable twelve months ago.
This final session of the Redux Online looks at the potential impacts on university presses of an altered landscape. Leaders from the library and university press worlds will examine how previous strategic priorities and practices have changed and will change for some of the key stakeholders in scholarly publishing.