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2nd Basel Sustainable Publishing Forum – The Global Transition to Open Access: Challenges and Solutions

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Coronavirus Announcement

Due to the developing situation across the globe, and the associated uncertainties regarding health and safety, transportation, catering, and access issues, we will explore different modalities for this event in due course. For now, we are still planning a physical conference and we hope that things will calm down. We encourage everyone interested to submit their abstracts and of course, we would keep every interested party informed about the further steps.
We wish you, your family, your friends, and everyone around the globe health, well-being, and solidarity.

Welcome Message

Plan S is an initiative for Open Access publishing launched in September 2018. It was put forward by an international consortium of research funders called cOAlition S. Plan S requires that from 2021 scientific publications from research supported by participating funders must be published in compliant Open Access journals or platforms. The principles and implementation guidelines have been clearly stated and many funding agencies and organizations have endorsed the principles.

While a global transition to Open Access is within reach, concerns have arisen over the stability of the publishing landscape on one hand and that of the global research system on the other. Some concerns include researcher evaluation, tenure and promotion; the pressure on learned societies, which often rely on publishing revenues for their activities; and the pressure on small publishers, society publishers and Open Access publishers who do not benefit from negotiated “Publish and Read” deals.

The 2nd Basel Sustainable Publishing Forum (BSPF) will be held in Basel, 26–27 October 2020. The aim of the forum is to offer a platform for open and constructive conversation between researchers, learned societies, university librarians, funding agencies, scholarly publishers, publishing platforms, and other concerned stakeholders (professional associations, etc.) to identify implementable solutions for a sustainable global transition to open access. A main topic of discussion of BSPF2 will be the challenges facing learned societies in this transition to Open Access, but the conference will also cover a broad array of topics relevant to these challenges, like the development of alternative metrics, the evaluation and promotion of researchers, the OA price transparency, the current situation and limitations of transformative agreements, copyright, etc.

This will be a unique opportunity to work together towards sustainable solutions for a successful global transition to open access.

We would like to invite all relevant stakeholders, especially the research community and representatives of learned societies, to join us and participate by sharing their experience, views, opinions, or results, and, to submit a proposal in response to one of the calls.

The University of Basel and MDPI look forward to welcoming you to Basel!

How to Participate?

Call for Presentations
We are looking for speakers willing to present important initiatives or projects relevant to the global transition to open access. Proposals can contain updates on well-known initiatives, or new initiatives and frameworks. They may also cover research that provides a novel and alternative perspective on the transition to open access. Presentations may be keynotes (30-45min) or short presentations (10-15min). Presentation proposals should consist of up to 500 words.

Call for Panels
We seek proposals for interactive panels intended to generate lively discussions. We are primarily looking for panels directly relevant to learned societies, but also for panels discussing topics relevant to the global transition to Open Access.
Panels will be composed of 4–8 panelists and last between 45 minutes to 1.5 hours.
Panel proposals should consist of up to 500 words, excluding names, affiliations, and email addresses of panelists who have already agreed to participate.

Call for Posters
We welcome poster presentations on research, viewpoints, analysis, and initiatives relevant to the audience and topic. Poster proposals should consist of up to 500 words.

Submissions must be submitted in English to bspf@mdpi.com before 30 May 2020.

Date and Hour
26 October 2020 27 October 2020
Venue
Skulpturhalle Basel, Mittlere Strasse 17
Basel, Switzerland
Other Informations
Organization
University of Basel and MDPI

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