Open Access: The good, the bad and the unknown

Open Access: The good, the bad and the unknown

By Communications Staff

October 16, 2015


To mark Open Access Week (Oct. 19-15) University Research Services and the Queen’s University Library are hosting a special panel discussion entitled “Open Access: What it is, what it means for you and why you should care.”

[Open Access Panel]
Taking part in the panel discussion on open acces are, clockwise from top left: Kerry Rowe; David Murakami-Wood; Jeremey Geelen; Rosarie Coughlan; Brian Hole; Jeff Moon; Nasser Saleh; and Simon French. 

The panel brings together a range of different perspectives on open access, including funders, publishers and Queen’s authors and will be held  Tuesday, Oct. 20 (Lunch: 12:30-1 pm, discussion 1-2:30 pm), in The Peter Lougheed Room of Richardson Hall.

The discussion is expected to be highly relevant to all researchers, whether faculty member, student, post-doctoral fellow, or research associate;

“The ways in which knowledge is created and exchanged is evolving.  Many international funding agencies, including Canada’s federal Tri-Agency have implemented policies requiring awarded research publications to be made freely accessible online to the widest possible audience,” says event organizer, Rosarie Coughlan, Scholarly Publishing Librarian at Queen’s, and a member of the panel. “We are keen to bring all stakeholders to the table in exploring the impact of recent open access requirements and what this means for Queen’s faculty and researchers.” 

Along with Ms. Coughlan, panelists include: Simon French (Rehabilitation Therapy); David Murakami-Wood (Sociology); Kerry Rowe (Civil Engineering); Jeff Moon, Data Librarian and Academic Director - Queen's Research Data Centre; Nasser Saleh, Head, Engineering and Science Library and Ambassador: The Open Science Framework; Jeremey Geelen, Policy Analyst at Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC); and Brian Hole - founder and CEO of Ubiquity Press, via Skype from the UK.

Open Access Week is an annual international event that explores research dissemination, impact and other related topics.  For more information visit