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Thursday, June 13 • 8:45am - 10:00am
Welcome & Opening Plenary Address - Juan Pablo Alperin

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Understanding and Improving Incentives for Open Access

Faculty want their research to be made available to the widest possible audience. Yet, despite the arguments for doing so, and despite the policies put in place by governments, universities, and funders, less than 50% of the research published today is made freely available to the public through open access (OA) models. The lack of universal OA is indicative of the tension faculty experience between the laudable goal of making research public and the emphasis review, promotion, and tenure (RPT) committees place on citation metrics and “high impact” publications. This presentation will draw on an analysis of RPT documents from a representative sample of 129 universities in the United States and Canada and on a survey of 338 faculty to discuss how the RPT process, and faculty's perceptions of it, may be hindering the opening of research. The presentation will conclude by opening a discussion and offering suggestions into the ways that faculty can reduce the tension between sharing with the public and advancing their careers.

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Juan Pablo Alperin

Associate Director, Public Knowledge Project
Juan Pablo Alperin is an Assistant Professor at the School of Publishing at Simon Fraser University, the Associate Director of Research for the Public Knowledge Project, and the co-director of the Scholarly Communications Lab. He is a multi-disciplinary scholar, with training in computer... Read More →

Thursday June 13, 2019 8:45am - 10:00am PDT
Grand Ballroom