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Open access and editorial quality


Wednesday 6 February 2013


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The Wellcome Trust, 215 Euston Road, London NW1 2BE


Desired by some, feared by others, open access publishing is now a reality – and set to become a growing part of the learned publishing landscape.

So far, the debate has been mainly on the financial aspects of improving access to academic research and specialist information. But what about the value of editorial quality in the new publishing models?

The NUJ believes that the added value of quality editorial work – including editing, assessing manuscripts, handling peer review, copy editing, layout and design, and web production – must not be left out of the debate.

But what do publishers and academics believe? Is editorial quality an important issue in the future of academic publishing? Who is committed to sustainable open access models which build in the editorial quality behind the vibrant and successful industry we have in Britain? What kind of a future does our industry have?

With hundreds of members in learned publishing, the NUJ has organised a panel meeting to spur discussion.

We’re inviting NUJ members and non-members working in the industry, as well as working researchers, to take part.

Come along, and quiz the panel. Make your views heard.


  • Philip Campbell - Editor-in-Chief, Nature
  • Gail Cardew - Director, Science and Education, Royal Institution
  • Matt Cockerill - BioMed Central and Springer STM
  • Professor Stephen Curry - Imperial College and open access blogger
  • Peter Lee - Publishing Director, Cell Press
  • Mark Patterson - Managing Executive Editor of open access journal eLife
  • Pete Wrobel - NUJ, Magazines and Books

The panel will be moderated by Alok Jha, science correspondent at The Guardian.

The meeting will be followed by a networking reception. Entry is free, but to get on the guest list please RSVP to using Open Access Meeting as the subject line and including your name and where you work. The information will not be used for anything unconnected with the event.

If you work in editorial, design or production, including web production, in journals, magazines and books as an employee or as a freelance the NUJ is the union for you.

Find out about more about joining the NUJ.

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Open Access Meeting

Tags: open access, books, academics, magazines, research, publishing