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06.24.2021 | SSP News & Releases

SSP Announces Introductory Workshop, “Open Access: Understanding the Mission, the Models, and the Mindsets”

Attendees will leave with an enhanced understanding of the latest developments in open access publishing and their contexts in the wider academic ecosystem.

June 24, 2021 – Mount Laurel, NJ – The Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) is excited to announce a new introductory workshop, “Open Access: Understanding the Mission, the Models, and the Mindsets,” happening Wednesday, July 21, 2021, from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm ET. Highly interactive, this workshop will be of interest to both early-career professionals as well as those more experienced in scholarly communications who want to enhance their understanding of the latest developments in open access publishing and their contexts in the wider academic ecosystem.

As the movement away from the subscription model toward open access progresses, the concept of OA has grown to encompass a wide variety of publishing and business models. Over the last couple of years, SSP has seen great interest in content introducing open access and untangling some of its complexities, addressing various models and challenges. Led by Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, (Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction, and professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign), attendees of this introductory workshop will learn about the history and evolution of open access, from the Budapest Open Access Initiative to Plan S, and explore the evolution from the original green and gold OA models to the latest transformative agreements and other business models.

Specifically, the workshop will cover:

  • A brief history of open access and its position in the broader context of Open Science
  • Different types of open access and how these definitions are contested
  • Affordances and limitations of open access
  • Perspectives of different stakeholders
  • Approaches to funding models: transformative agreements, pure publish agreements, memberships, subventions, and micro-payments
  • Ways that open access may develop in the future

“We are delighted that Lisa will be leading this workshop,” said SSP Program Director, Mary Beth Barilla. “Lisa’s posts on The Scholarly Kitchen introducing readers to transformative agreement models have been incredibly well received. As both an instructor and a frequent speaker in our industry, she is highly experienced in leading engaging, interactive educational sessions.”

Individual registration discounts are available for SSP, AUPresses, NASIG, NISO, LPC, and ACSE members, as well as residents of low/middle-income countries (as classified by World Bank). Sponsorship opportunities are available for the workshop. Please contact partnerships@sspnet.org for more information.


About the Society for Scholarly Publishing The Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP), founded in 1978, is a nonprofit organization formed to promote and advance communication among all sectors of the scholarly publication community through networking, information dissemination, and facilitation of new developments in the field. SSP members represent all aspects of scholarly publishing—including publishers, printers, e-products developers, technical service providers, librarians, and editors. SSP members come from a wide range of large and small commercial and nonprofit organizations. They meet at SSP’s annual meetings, educational seminars, and regional events to hear the latest trends from respected colleagues and discuss common and mutual (and sometimes divergent) goals and viewpoints.

Contact Melanie Dolechek, Executive Director | info@sspnet.org | 303-422-3914

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