In this seventh episode of SSP’s Early Career Development Podcast, co-hosts Meredith Adinolfi (Cell Press) and Sara Grimme (Digital Science) answer some questions from early career professionals about Open Access publishing.

As the first of a two-part series on Open Access (OA) publishing, this episode covers some of the basics including a definition of OA, the different OA publishing models, how OA works for the author, and how metadata is involved in the “open” agenda.

In part 2 (Episode 8), which will be published in June 2021, Sara and Meredith engage with Ann Michael (DeltaThink) to discuss some of the more complex aspects of Open Access.

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Background on this podcast series

SSP’s Career Development Committee launched a podcast series in 2019 for early career publishing professionals. Co-hosted by Meredith Adinolfi (Cell Press) and Sara Grimme (Digital Science), the podcast series offers advice and discussion on how early career publishing professionals can add to their skill sets, develop networks, and take advantage of opportunities. The series presents interviews and insights from experienced professionals on how to navigate one’s career in a diverse and ever-changing landscape of scholarly communications.


2 Thoughts on "SSP’s Early Career Development Podcast: Episode 7, Open Access (Part 1)"

This is an excellent primer on Open Access. Looking forward to the additional parts to this series.

G’Day Sara, but as often in these kind of talks, there was no mention of the ethics of OA publishing. Perhaps you can touch on this vital issue next time, and that there is a fight against enormous APCs and publisher profits. At 4m, no, an OA journal is not one funded exclusively by APCs!!!! There are ten thousand free or very low cost, academic-led journals, including most of those in Latin America. Not all journals, even in the sciences, are commercial and publisher-led. At 8m, the author does not necessarily have to consider journal charges after acceptance- most of the journals I work with are free to authors as well as readers.

Colleague Frankline Ndi and I deal with the ethics of OA, and the importance of free academic-led journals, in these recent talks for ECRs [stuck in Australia, so I always have to talk at night in these things…] .

Batterbury SPJ & Ndi, Frankline. 2021. Open Access publishing: important considerations. WISMA Writing Workshop for African ECRs, Open University.

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