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21 January 2019

This seminar discussed a number of significant developments that have impacted the whole environment of academic publishing, generating lots of debate and sometimes controversy in their wake. Areas discussed were:

  • challenges across Europe in particular to the current commercial publishing system, including robust engagement with the highly profitable publishing company, Elsevier, and cancellation of expensive subscriptions
  • policy directives aimed at universal open access to funded research publications, notably Plan S, to which Science Foundation Ireland is a signatory
  • concerns regarding the equitable assessment of research as more institutions sign the San Francisco Declaration on Research Assessment
  • a general push towards Open Science, emphasising research sharing, transparency and reproducibility

The first half of the seminar consisted of short presentations by an expert panel, representing a range of perspectives. See below for these talks. 


John Cox, University Librarian (chair), NUI Galway

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Monica Crump, Head of Collections, NUI Galway Library

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Dr Niall Madden, Senior Lecturer, School of Mathematics, Statistics and Applied Mathematics, NUI Galway

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Dr Elaine Toomey, Postdoctoral Research Fellow, School of Psychology, NUI Galway

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Professor Daniel Carey, Director, Moore Institute, NUI Galway

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Professor Lokesh Joshi, Vice-President for Research, NUI Galway

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