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14:00 - 17:00 21 October 2015

UCL Open Access Conference 2015: Open Access publishing options


Woburn House | (link Map)
20 Tavistock Square | London | WC1H 9HQ | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Alumni | Public | Student
Admission: Free
Ticketing: Ticketed and Pre-booking essential

Speaker information

Dr Alma Swan, former Director of Advocacy, SPARC Europe, Dr Alma Swan is a consultant working in the field of scholarly communication. She is a director of Key Perspectives Ltd, former Director of Advocacy for SPARC Europe, and Convenor for Enabling Open Scholarship, an organisation of university managers around the world that promotes the principles of open scholarship and open science. She is also a director of the Directory of Open Access Journals and of the umbrella organisation Infrastructure Services for Open Access. She holds honorary academic positions in the University of Southampton School of Electronics & Computer Science and the University of Warwick Business School.
Dr Martin Paul Eve, Founder, Open Library of Humanities, Dr Martin Paul Eve is a senior lecturer in Literature, Technology and Publishing at Birkbeck, University of London. He is the author of Pynchon and Philosophy: Wittgenstein, Foucault and Adorno (Palgrave, 2014); Open Access and the Humanities: Contexts, Controversies and the Future (Cambridge University Press, 2014); and Password: a cultural history (Bloomsbury, forthcoming 2016). He is a founder of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation-funded platform, the Open Library of Humanities.
Ros Pyne, Research and Development Manager, Open Research, Springer Nature, Ros Pyne is Research and Development Manager, Open Research at Springer Nature, where she manages projects in support of Springer Nature’s open access strategy and policies. In her time at the company she has developed and implemented campaigns including the publication of Palgrave Macmillan’s first open access chapter in a hybrid book; the first publisher-led trial of open peer review for academic books; the transition of Nature Communications to full open access; and most recently the creation of an open access funding and policy support service for authors. Prior to this she worked in digital and publishing roles where she commissioned award-winning journals.
Lara Speicher, Publishing Manager, UCL Press, Lara Speicher is Publishing Manager of the newly re-established UCL Press, relaunched in June 2015 as the UK’s first fully open access university press. She comes from a publishing background and previously worked for BBC Books and then at British Library Publishing, where she commissioned books on history, politics, literature and art to support the British Library’s exhibitions programme and to showcase its world-renowned collections.

Join UCL for an afternoon event to discuss the current Open Access publishing landscape, and the variety of publishing models that are emerging. The speakers represent different options for Open Access publishing.

  • Dr Alma Swan, a scholarly communications consultant and former Director of European Advocacy for SPARC
  • Dr Martin Paul Eve, senior lecturer in Literature, Technology and Publishing at Birkbeck, University of London, and a founder of the Open Library of Humanities
  • Ros Pyne, Research and Development Manager for Open Research, Springer Nature Group
  • Lara Speicher, Publishing Manager, UCL Press

The event will be chaired by Professor Cheryl Thomas, Professor of Judicial Studies and Vice Dean (Research), UCL Faculty of Laws, and introduced by Dr Paul Ayris, Director of UCL Library Services and CEO of UCL Press.

This event will be followed by a drinks reception.


Alison Major
+44 (0)20 3108 7343 | alison.major@ucl.ac.uk


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