Open Access Week Begins October 22nd

By Marketing and Communications | 10-02-2018

Guest speakers for the Libraries International Open Access Week will be Ivan Oransky, Co-founder of the Retraction Watch and the Dean of Texas A&M University Libraries, David Carlson. There will also be a special showing of the documentary “Paywall: The Business of Scholarship.”


Oransky founded Retraction Watch in 2010 alongside Adam Marcus. Retractions have grown ten-fold in the previous decade.  He will discuss the reasons for that increase, whether fraud is on the rise and other trends he and Marcus have seen as they have built a site that is now viewed by 150,000 people per month.


He will give two talks during the week. The first will be on Monday, October 22nd at 10:00 am at Evans Library in room 204E and the second talk will occur at the Medical Sciences Library on Tuesday, October 23rd at 8:30 am. The title of Oransky’s presentation is, “Retractions, Post-Publication Peer Review, and Fraud: Scientific Publishing’s Wild West.”


Dean Carlson’s talk is titled, “A Game of Coins: The Losses and Gain, the Winners and Losers in Scholarly Communications.” The interactive presentation will demonstrate the flow of money in the system of scholarly communication: where it goes, where it comes from, who does the work and who owns the research at the end.


Carlson’s talk will be on Friday, October 26th at 1:00 pm in Evans Library Room 204E.


On Thursday, October 25th, there will be a viewing of the movie, “Paywall: The Business of Scholarship.” The documentary focuses on the need for open access to research and science, questions the rationale behind the $25.2 billion a year that flows into for-profit academic publishers, examines the 35-40% profit margin associated with the top academic publisher Elsevier and looks at how that profit margin is often greater than some of the most profitable tech companies like Apple, Facebook, and Google.


The viewing will begin at 3:00 pm and will be shown in Evans 204E.  


For more information on the Libraries Open Access Week, please visit: or contact: Dr. Bruce Herbert, Director of the Office of Scholarly Communications; or 979.845.1083.



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