Date: 2023-10-27
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Location: Zoom

27th October 2023 8.00-9.30am PST / 11.00-12.30 EST / 4.00-5.30pm UK

This year’s open access week theme, “Community over Commercialization,” is relevant to not only journals but also other parts of the scholarly communication infrastructure. There are now over 50 preprint servers for the biomedical community, many of which—including the largest by monthly volume, Research Square—are owned or closely affiliated with for-profit publishers. By owning  servers, publishers can seamlessly integrate preprints into the journal submission workflow, thereby normalizing preprinting and helping the concept reach new audiences. While for-profit ownership raises questions about a server’s integration with other services, responsiveness to community needs, and adherence to principles of open scholarship, these issues are in fact relevant to non-profit entities as well. In this event, we will discuss principles for open infrastructure and how different preprint servers interact with their communities.  

You can register for the event here.


5 minsIntro + welcome
20 minsJennifer Lin: Commercialisation, open access and preprint servers
40 mins“Promoting community needs and sustainability”
Panel Discussion with preprint servers: ResearchSquare, arXiv, SSRN
Moderated by: Jonny Coates (ASAPbio)
20 minsWhiteboard activity: Sustainability of preprint servers 
5 minsClosing remarks