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Why Publish Open Access?

Charles WatkinsonHow Faculty Can Take Advantage of New Business Models to Increase the Impact of their Research and Teaching

September 11
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Burke Library

Federal and private funders are increasingly requiring open access to the research they fund, and librarians and publishers alike are seeing new opportunities for a more equitable system of scholarly communication in these new business models. However the voices of faculty members themselves are too often drowned out, and the incentives for authors to embrace open access are not fully discussed. In this interactive presentation, Charles Watkinson, Director of University of Michigan Press as well as an Associate University Librarian, will explore some of the ways faculty members can strategically embrace the opportunities open access offers to build their reputations, target new audiences, and present their work in new ways.

Charles Watkinson is Director of University of Michigan Press and Associate University Librarian for Publishing. As head of the publishing division of the University of Michigan Library (also known as Michigan Publishing) he is responsible for a disciplinarily-focused university press, a publishing services unit responsive to the needs of the parent university, and the institutional repository Deep Blue. Prior to moving to Michigan in 2014, Charles was head of Scholarly Publishing Services in Purdue University Libraries and Director of Purdue University Press. An archaeologist by training, he has also worked as Director of Publications at the American School of Classical Studies at Athens.

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