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Webinar | Coalition for Diversity and Inclusion in Scholarly Communications

Ensuring Equitable Participation In Open Science

October 21, 2021 | 11:00 am–12:00 pm EDT

Open access and open science are attempts to ensure knowledge is as widely accessible as possible. More and more publishers are launching open access journals and embracing open science principles. Questions remain, however, as to whether open access and open science are currently accessible to all. The most visible notions of open access and open science are primarily founded in—and have perpetuated—the values and standards established by organizations, institutions, and funders in Western Europe and North America. Open access and open science can therefore continue to exclude the very researchers that these models are supposed to benefit. For example, business models like article processing charges do not account for unequal access to funding. Other issues not specific to open access are exclusionary English-language style standards and unconscious bias in the peer review process.

In this webinar, we will explore how models of openness have not always resolved, and in some instances may have created, inequitable barriers for some researchers. We will unpack the impact of those barriers on researchers and propose some ways to overcome them.


Rebecca Kirk, Publisher, Portfolio Development at PLOS

Rebecca Kirk is the Publisher, Portfolio Development at PLOS, where she is responsible for the development of new journals and products to support PLOS’ expanded global community and the co-creation of communities of open science practices. This work includes supporting journals launched using new business models, including the Global Equity model and Community Action Publishing.


Allison Leung, Manager of Product Development, American Chemical Society

Allison Leung is the Manager of Product Development at the American Chemical Society, where she oversees a portfolio of products designed to support and enhance the experiences of authors and reviewers. This includes popular products such as Reviewer Lab and ChemRxiv, the premier preprint server for the global chemistry community.



Arianna Becerril-García, Executive Director, Redalyc

Dr. Arianna Becerril García is a full-time professor-researcher at the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico (UAEM) and Member of the National System of Researchers (SNI) of Mexico. She holds a PhD and MSc in Computer Science, Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico. She also holds a BA in Computer Engineering, UAEM. She’s part of the founding team of the Network of Scientific Journals from Latin America and the Caribbean, Spain, and Portugal (redalyc.org), where she is the current Executive Director. Dr Becerril is founder and president of AmeliCA Conocimiento Abierto S.C. She’s co-founder of Red Mexicana de Repositorios Institucionales (“Mexican Network of Institutional Repositories”). She’s a member of the steering committee of InvestInOpenInfrastructure (IOI), and board member in The Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services (SCOSS); she is also part of the council of the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).


Haseeb Irfanullah, Independent Consultant, Environment, Climate Change, and Research Systems, and Visiting Research Fellow, CSD, University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB), Bangladesh

Haseeb Irfanullah is a biologist-turned-development facilitator, who often introduces himself as a research enthusiast. Over the past two decades, he has worked for different international development organisations, academic institutions, donors, and the Government of Bangladesh in different capacities. Currently, Haseeb is an independent consultant on environment, climate change, and research systems. He is also a visiting research fellow of the Center for Sustainable Development (CSD) of the University of Liberal Arts Bangladesh (ULAB). Haseeb is on the editorial board of ALPSP’s Learned Publishing and an INASP Associate. He writes articles and thought pieces on scholarly systems and is a Chef on The Scholarly Kitchen. Haseeb has a PhD in aquatic ecology from the University of Liverpool, UK. Twitter: @hmirfanullah


Laura Hanscom, Head of Scholarly Communications & Collections Strategy (SCCS), MIT Libraries

Laura Hanscom was named the department head for Scholarly Communications and Collections Strategy in the MIT Libraries in April 2021 and is the leader of their Negotiations Team. Prior to that, she was their Scholarly Communications and Licensing Librarian from 2016 and much of her work focused on learning about the challenges facing global scholarly communications systems. She started her library career in interlibrary loan at the London School of Economics and was the Digital Repository Administrator at City University London Library. Prior to coming to MIT, she served as the Scholarly Communications Librarian at Salisbury University in Maryland.




This webinar is free, but please register.


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