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NASIG 29th Annual Conference
Taking Stock and Taming New Frontiers
May 1-4, 2014
Ft. Worth, Texas

Established in 1985, the North American Serials Interest Group, Inc. (NASIG) is an independent organization that promotes communication, information, and continuing education about serials and the broader issues of scholarly communication. NASIG welcomes anyone interested in the serials information chain. Inspired by the United Kingdom Serials Group (UKSG), NASIG held its first conference at Bryn Mawr College in June 1986. The annual conference, usually held in late May or June, offers a premier opportunity to meet others representing the diverse interests of the serials community and to hear speakers who are on the cutting edge of scholarly communication.
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Saturday, May 3 • 3:50pm - 4:50pm
Mapping the Final Frontier: Publishers' Experiences Launching Open Access Journals in the Burgeoning Mixed-access Economy

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The open access landscape has very few roadmaps to guide publishers. Numerous OA journals have launched in the past 6 months, each with different strategies, scopes, audiences, and business models. Join ACS Publications, Nature Publishing Group, and IEEE as they walk through the lessons learned from the process of launching OA journals at their respective organizations. The American Chemical Society's newest journal, ACS Central Science, is the ACS' first attempt at a purely open access journal that has no author fees or subscription fees. The challenges of launching a new publishing model with a new business model have been a vital learning experience as ACS enters this new frontier. VP of New Business Development, Dr. Kevin Davies, will walk through the journal launch process, the impact of shifting to an OA model, the business considerations, and successes/challenges to date in this interactive session. Dr. James Butcher, Associate Director for Open Publishing at Nature Publishing Group, oversees the development of Nature Communications and Scientific Reports and will share how his work with these two journals has challenged NPG to think in new ways about the future of publishing in an open access economy. IEEE's Karen Hawkins is Senior Director, Product Design and manages all new product introductions including IEEE's OA publishing. This panel will be moderated by John Mihalick of ACS Publications. Join them as they share their experiences.


James Butcher, PhD

Associate Director, Open Publishing, Nature Publishing Group
James Butcher started his career in publishing in 2000, when he joined The Lancet as a Senior Editor. A year later he was appointed the launch Editor of The Lancet Neurology, which under his editorship became the highest impact factor neurology journal within 3 years. After a brief period at PLoS Medicine, he rejoined The Lancet as Executive Editor working with the management team to define the journals' long term strategic vision. James joined... Read More →

Dr. Kevin Davies

Publisher of Chemical & Engineering News, American Chemical Society (ACS) Publications
Kevin Davies PhD is a editor, author and publisher with more than 20 years' experience in science publishing. He is the founding editor of Nature Genetics and former editor-in-chief of Cell Press (following its acquisition in 2000 by Elsevier). He is the author of three popular science books, including "Cracking the Genome" and most recently "The $1,000 Genome" (Free Press, 2010). Before joining the ACS in 2013, Kevin was the founding editor of... Read More →

Karen Hawkins

Senior Director, Product Design, IEEE

John Mihalick

American Chemical Society (ACS)
American Chemical Society

Saturday May 3, 2014 3:50pm - 4:50pm
Continental Room

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