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Open Access in HSS – Conference in London

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Can Open Access help researchers in the Humanities and Social Sciences? Can this publishing model be implemented in this field of learning? Opinions on this issue are divided. There is a clash between the advantages and disadvantages of applying such a model and it does not seem that a clear solution will be developed in the near future. Therefore, it is important to engage in the debate, and this is the main reason for the upcoming event.

The LSE Public Policy Group and SAGE, in association with the British Academy and the Academy of Social Sciences will hold a one day conference: “Open Access Futures in the Humanities and Social Sciences”. The conference will take place on Thursday, October 24, 2013 from 10:00 AM to 5:00 PM in Senate House, London. Attendance is free, but places are limited. You can book your ticket by following this link:

Discussion will deal with basic questions, such as “Why Open Access?” and “What type of Open?” in the context of the social sciences and humanities, and the benefits that OA may bring to the field.

The speakers at the conference have already been confirmed, they are:

  • Nigel Vincent (Professor Emeritus of General & Romance Linguistics, University of Manchester and British Academy Vice President, Research and Higher Education)
  • Adam Tickell (Pro Vice Chancellor, Research, Birmingham and Finch Committee member)
  • Caroline Edwards (Lecturer, Lincoln School of Humanities and Founder, Open Library of Humanities)
  • Paul Kirby (Lecturer in International Security International Relations, University of Sussex and author, Disorder of Things blog)
  • Ziyad Marar (Global Publishing Director, SAGE)
  • Charlotte Waelde (Chair in Intellectual Property Law, University of Exeter)
  • Paul Ayris (Director of UCL Library Services & UCL Copyright Officer)
  • Ian Mulvany (Head of Technology, eLife)


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