Westminster Higher Education Forum

Priorities for delivering open access - implementing Plan S, designing and financing diverse models of OA and extending OA to monographs

Morning, Thursday, 16th May 2019

Central London


This seminar will examine the next steps for delivering open access (OA) in the UK.

It will be an opportunity for delegates to discuss the implications of the launch of cOAlition S, a group of national research funding organisations backed by the European Commission, which set out a commitment to make full and immediate open access a reality by 2020. Timed as the UKRI conducts its review on OA policy, delegates will consider the next steps in implementing Plan S in the UK, including tackling the challenges to formulate clear policy across UKRI bodies, while encouraging new models of OA publishing.

Sessions will assess the future of OA publishing outlets, including the use of incentives to promote the creation of new OA journals; targeting new journals at disciplines which need more OA outlets and encouraging diverse models. Attendees will also consider how existing repositories, which already publish freely-available research, could be used to support OA.

Delegates will also consider the future of hybrid journals, which publish a mixture of subscription-based and open access journals, particularly following the cOAlition S announcement that academics funded by participating organisations will be allowed to continue publishing in hybrid journals under transformative agreements during a three-year transition period.

Attendees will discuss what Plan S means for the future of Article Processing Charges (APCs), the fees paid to publish OA articles, and the possible impact of proposals to cap APCs for the publishing sector - including managing differences in cost structures between high-impact journals and smaller-scale periodical publications - as well as on universities, learned societies and academics, particularly those less affluent and early careers researchers.

Further sessions will consider the challenges of extending OA to monographs, including designing a sustainable business model for funding OA monographs, addressing the reliance of several disciplines on third-party permissions and ensuring that licenses protect work from being misquoted, misrepresented, or misused.

Keynote Speakers

Jean-David Malo

Director, Open Innovation and Open Science, European Commission

Rachel Bruce

Open Science Lead, UKRI


Andrew Lewer MP


Professor Sue Scott

President, European Sociological Association

Professor Aileen Fyfe

Professor of Modern History and Director of Research, School of History, University of St Andrews

Sarah Slowe

Head, Office for Scholarly Communication, University of Kent

Tasha Mellins-Cohen

Director of Publishing, Microbiology Society

Dr Stephen Eglen

Reader, Computational Neuroscience, University of Cambridge

James Rivington

Head of Publications, The British Academy

Senior speaker confirmed from Royal Society of Chemistry

Natalie Williams

Director, University of Wales Press

William Bowes

Director of Policy and General Counsel, The Publishers Association

Carrie Webster

Vice President, Open Access, Springer Nature