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Free or Fee: How Open Access Publishing Impacts Your Choices as an Author

Free or Fee: How Open Access Publishing Impacts Your Choices as an Author

The Open Access publishing model has ushered numerous pressing questions for academics:
  • Why are some journals offering or requiring a fee to publish an article?
  • How does paying to publish impact the prestige and accessibility of your work?
  • What is a Creative Commons license and how does it impact the dissemination of your work?
Join us on Tuesday, October 5th, 2021 for our next Research Insider event: Free or Fee: How Open Access Publishing Impacts Your Choices as an Author. Learn how Open Access is changing how you publish your research, what requirements funding agencies impose on researchers, and who owns the copyright of published works. Our featured speakers will include:


June M. Besek, Esq.

Chair, ABA Section of Intellectual Property Law

Executive Director, Kernochan Center for Law, Media, and the Arts

Columbia Law School

June M. Besek is the Executive Director of the Kernochan Center for Law, Media and the Arts and a Lecturer in Law at Columbia Law School in New York City. Her research and teaching focus on copyright and related rights, particularly concerning new technologies.  She is the author of many articles and studies on copyright law.  

She currently serves as Chair of the American Bar Association’s Intellectual Property Law Section.  She is also a member of the Section’s Copyright Reform Task Force, and is the Section’s liaison to the American Law Institute’s Copyright Restatement Project. 

Ms. Besek is on the editorial board of the Journal of the Copyright Society of the U.S.A. and the board of advisors of the Columbia Journal of Law & the Arts. She is also a member of the board of Volunteer Lawyers for the Arts, New York. She earned her law degree from New York University School of Law and her undergraduate degree, in economics, from Yale University


Ashley Farley, MLIS

Program Officer 

Knowledge & Research Services, Gates Foundation

Over the past decade Ashley has worked in both academic and public libraries, focusing on digital inclusion and facilitating access to scholarly content.

She completed her Masters in Library and Information Sciences through the University of Washington’s Information School.

Ashley is a Program Officer of Knowledge and Research Services at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. In this capacity she focuses on the foundation’s Open Access Policy’s implementation and associated initiatives. This includes leading the work of Gates Open Research, a transparent and revolutionary publishing platform. Other core activities involve supporting the strategic and operational aspects of the foundation’s library. This work has sparked a passion for open access, believing that freely accessible knowledge has the power to improve and save lives.


Dr. Tom Olijhoek, PhD


Directory of Open Access Journal (DOAJ)

Tom Olijhoek has been living and working in Africa for many years. After obtaining his PhD in molecular microbiology from Amsterdam University (1982)  he has been at the Max Planck Institute in Berlin for 7 years. He has spent seven years in Kenya and  Algeria doing research on malaria, sleeping sickness and meningococcal epidemics. Since 2012, Tom has advocated open access and open science as Open Access working group coordinator for Open Knowledge International. In 2013 he became a member of the DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals) advisory board who were instrumental in redefining the criteria for being indexed in DOAJ. Since 2014 Tom has been Editor in Chief at the DOAJ. 

From January 2018,  his main task has been the managing of the global DOAJ ambassador program and global outreach activities including connecting to other open communities like the Creative Commons Global Network and OCSD Net. From 2019-2021 the program has a special focus on Africa. He is also a member of the programming committee of Force11 where he teaches at the yearly Force11 Summer School on the topic of how to evaluate scientific quality for journals, articles and individual scholars.

His current research interests are, copyright and licensing in open access publishing, development of new ways to assess the quality of scholars and scholarly works and follow research in the area of soil microbiology in relation to soil health and human health (microbiome research).


Sara Rouhi

Director, Strategic Partnerships


Sara is responsible for supporting PLOS' growth strategy by identifying and developing new business and partner opportunities focusing on libraries, institutions, societies, other publisher and service providers, and other geographies and sectors currently unexplored by PLOS.

A member of the PLOS leadership team, Sara has led the effort to build out PLOS' partnerships with institutions globally, including launching PLOS first non-APC-based business models in 2020: Flat Fees and PLOS Community Action Publishing (CAP). The doubling of PLOS international customer base in less than year was the result of extensive consultation with libraries and consortia to understand their needs and challenges during and post-COVID as well as their expectations for transparency and collaboration.

In addition to leading of the Partnerships team and collaborating cross functionally on the PLOS leadership team, she is active industry-wide as a member of the SSP Board of Directors and consults for the SPA-OPS work from Plan S and COUNTER and their work around native OA usage status.

At Digital Science Sara managed business development, sales strategy and thought leadership for Altmetric in the Americas while also taking on team lead responsibilities for these same areas with Digital Science’s new Dimensions platform.

She is a member of ISMPP, the SSP Board of Directors, and mentors colleagues and early career professionals in #scholcomm. Follow her on Twitter @RouhiRoo for #scholcomm, comedy, and politics -- all rants.

Join us via Zoom at https://mssm.zoom.us/j/81886562608?

Note: This Zoom meeting will require a password. The password will be sent to you via email 3 hours before the event.


Submit your questions for the Q&A portion of the event HERE


Related LibGuide: Authors' Rights in Scholarly Publishing by Carrie Levinson

Tuesday, October 5th, 2021
3:00pm - 5:30pm
Registration has closed.

Workshop Organizer

Kerry McKee