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Yesterday we co-hosted the event Open Access Futures in the Humanities and Social Sciences. The aim of the conference was to bring together a diverse range of voices within the wider community to examine and interrogate issues of openness, new horizons for adopting open access practices, and how best to achieve a beneficial transition to a more open future for humanities and social science research.

In conjunction with the Open Access Futures event, the Impact blog put together its first eCollection – Open Access Perspectives in the Humanities and Social Sciences. The collection delves deeper into many of the issues discussed at the event, as well as provides additional space for topics we may not have been able to suitably cover during the event. The panel sessions were video recorded and are available to watch here. In the coming week, we will look to compile further material from the event.

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Download the PDF of the eCollection for more on the following topics:

UK Open Access Policy, Delivery and Commercialisation

  • Frederick Friend (UCL): How did the UK government manage to spoil something as good as open access?
  • Ernesto Priego (City): Open Access: Towards Fairer Access to Research
  • Anne Barron (LSE): Copyrights, moral rights, and moral panics
  • John Holmwood (Nottingham): Markets vs Dialogue
  • Neil Stewart (City): Institutional repositories

Open Access Policy in an International Context

  • Alma Swan (SPARC): Views from Europe
  • Heather Morrison (Ottawa): OA policy across the pond
  • Dominique Babini (CLACSO): Voices from the Global South

Looking Ahead: Discipline-Specific Perspectives

  • Velichka Dimitrova (OKFN): Open data in economics
  • Jelte Wicherts (Tilburg): Open psychology data
  • Justin Bzovy and Emma Ryman (Western University): Philpapers

Many thanks to all who took part in the event yesterday, in person and online, and many thanks to the above contributors.

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