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Scholarly Publishing Conversations: What Happens After You Boycott Elsevier? (lecture)

Date: October 24, 2012

Times: 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Location:   Student Union Memorial Center, Presidio Room

Contact: Dan Lee | Chris Kollen


During Open Access Week, taking place this year from Oct. 22 – 28, 2012, academic institutions around the globe explore the ideal of free, full‐text, immediate, online access to peer‐reviewed scholarship so new ideas and information can be obtained rapidly and freely by everyone.

The University Libraries will host two campus programs during Open Access Week with the goal of raising awareness at The University of Arizona about the challenges, opportunities, and scholarly and academic resources available through Open Access initiatives. The Libraries will build on the momentum created by this dialogue and continue these campus conversations throughout the year.

Both lectures are free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served.

[LECTURE I, Tuesday, October 23: The Open Data Revolution: Challenges and Innovations]

LECTURE II: Scholarly Publishing Conversations: What Happens After You Boycott Elsevier?
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 | 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Student Union Memorial Center, Presidio Room

Last winter Fields Medalist mathematician Tim Gowers announced on his blog that he would no longer publish with, review papers for, or serve in an editorial role for the scholarly publisher Elsevier. In doing so he noted Elsevier’s high prices, their marketing practice of bundling large sets of journals to libraries, and their support for legislation that would lead to restricted access to scholarly publications. Very quickly a web petition went online, The Cost of Knowledge asking other researchers to also commit to refusing to similarly support Elsevier’s practices. Currently, over 12,000 researchers from around the world have signed on, including several members of the UA community.

To launch the University Libraries’ new series of community dialogues, Scholarly Publishing Conversations, and in recognition of 2012’s Open Access Week, three campus researchers will lead a discussion with the UA community of why make such a pledge, our expectations of scholarly publishers, and what we can do at the UA to support efforts to meet those expectations.


-Brad Boyle, Research Associate, UA Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
-Chad Park, Staff Scientist, UA Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry
-David Savitt, Associate Professor, UA Department of Mathematics