The future of transformative journals in philosophy

January 17, 18.00 CET, online | Registration

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What is the future of philosophy journals?

Many publishers (like Springer or Elsevier) have declared their journals “transformative”, hoping to transition to a Gold Open Access regime, in which all papers will be freely accessible, since their authors will have covered the costs with an Author Processing Charge. But while opening access to scientific publications enables a wider circulation of scientific work, this might come at the cost of hindering access to scientific contributions from authors, institutions, or countries with limited funding opportunities. European funding bodies, like the Coalition S, are now surveying the scientific community to grasp its views on this process.

The Open Access working group (Sophia Crüwell, Chiara Lisciandra, David Teira), supported by the main scholarly societies in philosophy of science, has been studying this transition in consultation with publishers and journal editors. It presented its first report in a public discussion held at the EPSA 23 conference in Belgrade in September 2023. On January 17th, we will hold an online meeting focusing on the future of philosophy journals in the coming era of commercial open access.

The 90 minute session will have a quick introductory overview of the situation, delivered by an expert librarian, followed by a panel discussion with four journal editors and an open debate with the participants. Throughout the discussion, we will reflect on the steps to take in response to current challenges, our options as editors, and prospects for developing alternative publishing models. Overall, the session will provide a critical examination of the evolving landscape of academic publishing in philosophy.

18.00 Opening words by Chiara Lisciandra (Utrecht & the OA working group)

18.05 The challenges of gold open access in the Humanities,
Paola Galimberti (University of Milan)

18.20 Panel discussion: Alex Levine (Perspectives on science, emeritus) David Wallace (Philosophy of physics), James Weatherall (Philosophy of science), K. Brad Wray (Metascience)

18.40 Debate with the audience

19.30 End of session

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