24:4 (2009:12) Committee Updates: Proceedings OATF

December 18, 2009 at 4:31 pm | Posted in Proceedings | Leave a comment
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[Ed. note:  The following is excerpted from the fall report to the Executive Board.]

Proceedings Open Access Task Force
Carol Ann Borchert

Members:  Carol Ann Borchert, David Bynog, Anna Creech, Char Simser

The Proceedings Open Access Task Force met via conference call on August 12 to map out a game plan.  One of the questions was about the reason the task force was created, so Char provided background on that.

After the call, Carol Ann put several documents into GoogleDocs for the task force members to edit, comment, and brainstorm:

  • Pros and cons of publishing open access
  • Functions that Haworth performed for us as publishers
  • Questions for open access publishers


All task force members were added as viewers (not editors) on the current edition of the NASIG Proceedings Editors Manual in GoogleDocs as well (since it’s still linked to Carol Ann’s GoogleDocs account).  The current editors were notified of this.  This will help task force members to become familiar with current duties of the editors.  We will need to carefully consider the workload moving to an OA model could create for them.

Future steps:

  • Get feedback from the current and most recent editors
  • Talk to a few open access publishers about who is responsible for what, including the cost of publishing the proceedings
  • Discuss the open access option with the membership

The task force will start investigative work at the end of September.  Char suggested that in looking at OA publishers, we might want to ensure the capability to limit access for say, the first 6 months after publication, in order to retain the conference proceedings as a membership benefit.  Not all OA publishers will have the capability to do that.

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