Open Access Megajournal platform launch

Posted on January 09, 2018 by UCL Press

We are pleased to invite you to a presentation and discussion about the launch of its new open access megajournal platform.

Date: Tuesday 16th January 2018
Time: 16:00 – 18:00
Location: G29 JZ Young Lecture Theatre, Anatomy Building, Gower Street, London, WC1E 6BT

In recent years, megajournals, such as PLOS ONE and other newer initiatives like the Wellcome Trust’s new open science platform Wellcome Open Research, have changed the landscape of journal publishing. UCL Press is now pleased to announce the launch of its own open access megajournal platform and invites you to hear about its plans, contribute to its development and find out how to get involved. The event will feature guest talks from other megajournal publishers who will present their models and the benefits of open access megajournals. The presentations will be followed by a Q&A panel session.

A drinks reception will be take place after the meeting.


16:00 – Welcome address, Dr Paul Ayris, Pro-Vice-Provost (UCL Library Services)

UCL Press Open Access Megajournal project, Ian Caswell (UCL Press, Journals Manager)

Guest speakers:

  • Robert Kiley, Head of Open Research, Wellcome Trust
  • Stephanie Dawson, CEO ScienceOpen
  • Catriona MacCallum, Director of Open Science, Hindawi Ltd

16:45 – Panel Q&A, chaired by Prof David Price, UCL Vice-Provost (Research)

17:15 – Drinks reception, Wilkins Building (Main Building) South Cloisters

Guest speaker profiles:

Robert Kiley

Robert is the Head of Open Research at the Wellcome Trust, responsible for developing open research strategy and acts as the Wellcome’s point of contact for the journals eLife and Wellcome Open Research.

Stephanie Dawson

Stephanie is the CEO of ScienceOpen, a professional networking platform for scholars to enhance their research in the open, make an impact, and receive credit for it. ScienceOpen is the platform provider behind UCL Press’s new open access journal platform.

Catriona MacCallum

Catriona is Director of Open Science at Hindawi publishing. Previously, she worked for PLOS as Senior Editor of PLOS Biology and Consulting Editor on PLOS ONE and then as Director of Advocacy. Catriona is currently Chair of the OASPA Policy Committee and a member of the Advisory Boards of OpenAire, Royal Society (Publishing), the UUK Open Access Efficiencies Working Group and RCUK’s Open Access Practitioner Group.

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