Next SPARC-ACRL forum to examine changing state of open-access journal publishing

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For immediate release
November 22, 2010

For more information, contact:

Jennifer McLennan
(202) 296-2296 ext. 121
jennifer [at] arl [dot] org

Kara Malenfant
(312) 280-2510
kmalenfant [at] ala [dot] org

Next SPARC-ACRL forum to examine changing stateof open-access journal publishing

Washington, DC and Chicago, IL – At the upcoming meeting of the American Library Association (ALA) in San Diego, CA, SPARC (the Scholarly Publishing & Academic Resources Coalition) and ACRL will co-host a timely panel discussion on “Marketplace: Open Access and the changing state of scholarly publishing.” The forum will be held Saturday, January 8, 2011 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM at the San Diego Convention Center, Room 29A.

As awareness of the potential of Open Access – the free, immediate availability of scholarly articles on the public Internet, coupled with the rights needed to use them fully in the digital environment – has spread, there have been significant changes in the journal publishing options open to scholars.  Widespread experimentation with business models has resulted in open-access journals supported by mechanisms ranging from article processing fees to institutional membership to sponsorships. Even the largest commercial journal publishers – like Springer – are jumping in with both feet, providing new opportunities for scholars in all disciplines.

And it’s not just the financial aspects of the journal that are evolving. While many of the early open-access journals essentially replicated traditional publications – albeit with very different access parameters – new types of venues are emerging, providing a multitude of choices for scholars in terms of journal structure and peer review models.  The Public Library of Science, for example, now operates “currents,” “hubs,” and PLoS One in addition to its flagship journals, showcasing a rich array of new services and features for authors to consider when selecting a publishing outlet.

This forum will paint a picture of the rapidly changing – and maturing – open-access publishing sphere, and illustrate the growing range of options and approaches that are emerging, and help the library community to make sense of what it all means for you and your campus.

Presenters will be announced.

The forum will be held Saturday, January 8, 2011 from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM at the San Diego Convention Center, Room 29A. The ACRL Scholarly Communications discussion group, which offers a more intimate setting to explore topics in greater depth, will be held Sunday, January 9, from 4:00 PM to 5:30 PM at the San Diego Convention Center, Room 31B.

Separate registration for this event is not required.


SPARC (Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resources Coalition), with SPARC Europe and SPARC Japan, is an international alliance of more than 800 academic and research libraries working to create a more open system of scholarly communication. SPARC’s advocacy, educational and publisher partnership programs encourage expanded dissemination of research.


The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL), a division of the American Library Association (ALA), represents nearly 13,000 academic and research librarians and interested individuals. It is the only individual membership organization in North America that develops programs, products and services to meet the unique needs of academic and research librarians. Its initiatives enable the higher education community to understand the role that academic libraries play in the teaching, learning and research environments. ACRL is on the Web at