Monday, 16 May 2011

Conference: Open access publishing in the arts and humanities

A symposium at the School of Advanced Study, University of London, in association with SAS-Space

Friday, July 15th 2011
Institute of Advanced Legal Studies, 17 Russell Square, London, WC1B 5DR

This symposium brings together academics, journal editors, publishers, librarians, funding bodies and repository practitioners to consider issues of particular concern in the arts and humanities. It will examine the economic and public policy aspects of humanities OA, as well as the different modes in which OA is currently delivered for scholars in the humanities.

Bookings for this conference are now closed. To be placed on a reserve list, please contact Dr Peter Webster ( Please include details of institution, position, and a full postal address.

Final programme

10.00 Arrivals and coffee
10.30 Welcome
10.40 The state of play: a personal view (Dr Peter Webster, SAS)

11.00 - 13.10 The context
11.00 - 11.20 The university library: Dr Paul Ayris (UCL)
11.20 - 11.40 The publisher's perspective I: Frances Pinter (Bloomsbury Academic)
11.40 - 12.00 The funder’s perspective I: Neil Jacobs (JISC)
12.00 - 12.20 The publisher's perspective II: Tessa Harvey (Wiley-Blackwell)
12.20 - 12.40 The funder’s perspective II: Professor Shearer West (AHRC)
12.40 - 13.10 Discussion

13.10-14.00 Lunch

14.00-16.00 Approaches to OA

14.00 - 14.20 The subject-specific IR: UALRO (Stephanie Meece, University of the Arts London)
14.20 - 14.40 A repository for teaching: HumBOX (Kate Borthwick)
14.40 - 15.00 The overlay journal: SAS Open Journals (Dr Peter Webster)
15.00 - 15.20 An OA publisher on campus: Ubiquity Press, UCL (Brian Hole)
15.20 - 16.00 Discussion

16.00 Closing comments
16.10 Departures

Wednesday, 4 May 2011

New JISC open journal project

I'm delighted to be able to announce that the JISC have very generously funded us to create an overlay journal interface for SAS-Space.

We'll be creating an overlay journal system based on SAS-Space, with Amicus Curiae as the initial example, using the open source Open Journal Systems. This system will then be made available, at minimal cost, to both other existing and new journals produced within the School, and to publications by cognate learned societies. Such a system will greatly increase open access publishing capacity in the humanities and social sciences, and further fulfil the School’s remit from HEFCE for research promotion and facilitation.

More details on the project blog.