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1st Basel Sustainable Publishing Forum

September 9, 2019


1st Basel Sustainable Publishing Forum – Dialog with Learned Societies: Sustainable Solutions for Successful Transition to Open Access

Plan S is an initiative for Open Access publishing that was launched in September 2018. The plan is supported by an international consortium of research funders, named cOAlition S. Plan S requires that, as of 2021, all scientific publications resulting from public funding is published in compliant Open Access journals or platforms. While the principles and implementation guidelines have been clearly stated and updated recently, many concerns were raised, especially concerning the stability of the evaluation system and the stability of the research ecosystem.

At the center of these concerns are learned societies which often strongly rely on publishing revenues to ensure the viability of all the activities done for their scientific communities. This dialog day aims to bring together representatives of learned societies to hear from them and understand the challenges that they are facing to transition/flip their journals to Open Access.

Four keynote presentations will take place:
A representative of cOAlition S will present the details of Plan S, guidelines and timeline for implementation.
Alicia Wise will present potential strategies and business models through which learned societies can transition to an open access landscape and adapt to Plan S. These recommendations arise from the consultancy done by Information Power, and commissioned by Wellcome, in partnership with UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) and the Association of Learned & Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP).
Jan Erik Frantsvåg will present a detailed overview and perspective on the current status of the open access landscape.
Saskia de Vries will present the principles of fair open access, in the context of Plan S and their relevance to societies.

We will also hold open discussions – under the principles outlined in our code of conduct – with a broad range of stakeholders, including funders, policy-makers, learned societies, publishers and publishing platforms.
This will be a unique opportunity to work together towards identifying sustainable and scalable solutions for successful open access transition.

The University of Basel and the MDPI Sustainability Foundation look forward to welcoming you in Basel!


September 9, 2019
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University of Basel & the MDPI Sustainability Foundation


Zentrum für Lehre und Forschung, University Hospital of Basel
Hebelstrasse 20
Basel, 4056 Switzerland
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