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Open For Whom?: Research Equity for Campus and Community

Biennial Open Access Conference at San Jose State University

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Library

October 21, 2019. 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM

The widening gap between research output in the Global North and South is arguably an extension of historical structural power when colonial capitals were centers of knowledge production and poorer colonized countries were providers of data. In recent times, the escalating costs of subscription-based scholarly communication and copyright barriers have deepened the crisis because scholars in the Global South often can’t afford access to expensive journals that publish the most cutting edge research by the best scholars in the Global North. Moreover, APCs or article processing charges required for Open Access publishing pose a monetary challenge owing to currency conversion rates. So, scholars in the Global South are limited and sometimes excluded from research and scholarly communications.

For whom is the research made accessible? How is the research made accessible? What should scholars do? Why should they do it? How will scholars find Open Access research? How can librarians work with scholars both in the Global South and North? 

In our upcoming conference, we invite proposals for panel presentations, workshops, lightning talks, and roundtable discussions. The topics include but are not limited to: 

  • Open Access and Institutional Repositories
  • Open Access and Information Literacy
  • Open Access and faculty training
  • Open Access and the tenure process
  • Open Access and library funding
  • Open Access and outreach
  • Open Access and all scholars
  • Open Access and global research connections
  • Open Access and scholarly communication
  • Open Access: OERs, Open Science, Open Data, Open Humanities, Open Knowledge

We have organized an exciting Keynote Panel to kick off the conference:

Open Access and Faculty Research: A Keynote Panel

Three faculty members from the School of Information, College of Education, and Department of Political Science at SJSU, and an Associate University Librarian from UC Davis will discuss faculty members’ response to Open Access.

We welcome 250-300 word abstracts for any topic in the list above or related topics. Please use ‘Submit Event’ in the left-hand menu, under ‘Author Corner’, to submit your proposal.  

Deadline for submitting abstracts is September 6, 2019.

Notification of acceptance will be sent out on September 13, 2019. 

Registration will open in August and will cost $75, which will include breakfast, lunch, and refreshments.

Browse the contents of Open Access Conference:

Open Access Conference 2019: Open For Whom?: Research Equity for Campus and Community
Open Access Conference 2017: (Re)Placing Open: Assessing the Current OA Landscape
Open Access Conference 2015: Learning from Experience
2013 Open Access Un/Conference: Promote, Impact, Access