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Join us for the 2021 UKSG November Conference - "Open Scholarship 2021: the good, the bad and the ugly". This year's event will take place online over two consecutive half days. Wednesday 17th November: 9.30am GMT to approx. 1pm and Thursday 18th November: 1.30pm GMT to 5pm.


November 17 2021 - 09:30
November 18 2021 - 17:00


United Kingdom

About the Event




The shift away from paywalls and towards open access continues to fundamentally change every area of our sector with new roles, new business models and new power centres. Or is ‘the power’ in scholarship still centred in the same overall hands?  Can everyone be a winner in this new world, or do some groups face continued – worse – challenges in the drive to make scholarship open?

This event brings together voices from across our sector to take a holistic view of open scholarship, showing the flipsides and squeezed middles. Almost ten years on from the Finch Report, we continue to be in a time of transition. We’ve travelled far, but the road is no less bumpy - and what happens to those who fall behind?


The conference welcomes members and non-members of UKSG alike - Please note that advance registration is required. 

Registration is available here, and will be valid for both sessions on the 17th and 18th November. 

Fees (both days):

  • Member - £ 45.00 + £ 9.00 VAT
  • Non-Member - £ 55.00 + £ 11.00 VAT

(A list of members can be found here)

If you are unable to attend -   We will send you a link to a recording after the event. 

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UKSG wants to provide the best possible experience for all our delegates, making presentations as accessible and inclusive as possible.

Our intention where possible is to strongly encourage our speakers to provide auto generated closed captioning for both live and recorded events as well as to make sure their slides as easy as possible for all people to read. In addition, we can provide auto generated transcripts post event for each of the recorded sessions.

If you have particular accessibility needs or questions about this event, we welcome you to contact



Programme and Speakers


Welcome and Introduction

* Please note all times are GMT


Libraries in flux: surviving and thriving in the transition to open?

Chris Banks
Imperial College London
Patrick Danowski
Institute of Science and Technology Austria


Funding our way to open: research funders as drivers of change

Pre-recorded session due to time difference

Ashley Farley
Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation




Beyond journals: infrastructure and monographs in an open access world

Lucy Barnes
COPIM (Community-led Open Publication Infrastructures for Monographs)

Lucy Barnes is Editor and Outreach Coordinator at Open Book Publishers, a leading independent Open Access book publisher. She also works on outreach for the COPIM (Community-led Open Publication Infrastructures for Monographs) project and for the ScholarLed consortium. She coordinates the Open Access Books Network ( in collaboration with OAPEN, OPERAS, ScholarLed and Sparc Europe, and she is on the Editorial Advisory Board for the OAPEN Open Access Books Toolkit. She is also (slowly but surely) completing a PhD on nineteenth-century theatrical adaptations of novels and poetry. You can find her on Twitter @alittleroad

Joe Deville
Lancaster University
Alexandra Freeman
University of Cambridge

Dr Alex Freeman had a career making science documentaries before returning to academia in 2016. Here she became concerned at the effects of the current scientific publishing model on researchers' work, careers and culture and developed an alternative.


Summary of the day & Close

Programme and Speakers


Introduction & Welcome from the Chair


The transition to open research in Africa: views from Kenya and Sudan

Arnold Mwanzu
Aga Khan University / EIFL's Country Licensing Coordinator of Kenya

Arnold is the Regional Librarian, East Africa at The Aga Khan University where he is in charge of all the AKU campus libraries in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. He holds a master’s in Information Science from Kenyatta University, A master’s in organizational development from USIU-A and a certification in Lib@web Programme from University of Antwerp, Belgium. He is currently completing a PhD in Information Science at Moi University. He is the Executive Secretary of the Kenya Library & Information Science Consortium; the Country & Licencing coordinator for EIFL; a Standing Committee
member of the IFLA Environment Sustainability and Libraries Section; and an IFLA/OCLC Fellow from the Jay Jordan fellowship in Columbus, Ohio. His research interests are in Open Access, Library automation, Knowledge management, Evidence Based practice and Green libraries. He has authored eight (8) journal articles in peer reviewed journals and two book chapters. Arnold was priviledged to attend the 40th UKSG conference in Harrogate in 2017.

Rania Baleela
University of Khartoum / EIFL OA Coordinator for Sudan




The squeezed middle: views from society presses on the transition to open research

Tasha Mellins-Cohen
Principal Mellins-Cohen Consulting

After two decades in scholarly publishing Tasha is now an independent publishing consultant. Having worked across the industry she has a deep appreciation for the changing pressures on publishers, funders, researchers and research institutions and uses that to partner with publishers to develop data-driven business models that will allow them to achieve a sustainable transition to open access.
Believing that we must take responsibility for the changes we wish to see, Tasha is an active participant in the scholarly publishing community as a member of the COUNTER Executive Committee, and regularly volunteers time to Jisc, UKSG, ALPSP, and other industry bodies.

David Crotty
Clarke & Esposito
Jessica Vivian
Taylor & Francis

Jessica is the Publishing Director for the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences journals programme at Routledge, Taylor & Francis. She has many years of experience working closely with learned societies and associations on developing their publication portfolios. She is particularly interested in a sustainable and equitable transition to open for the arts and humanities and social sciences.

Sally Hardy
Regional Studies Association

Sally Hardy began her career at the Economic and Social Research Council and moved from there to the Regional Studies Association where she has been CEO for over 30 years. She has developed the organisation from a small, UK focused organisation into a global Association with an international footprint. Sally has become an advocate on publishing issues for the learned society sector speaking regularly at national conferences and events. She has advocated on different aspects of Open Access – for journals as well as for monographs and also around copy right reform and educational exceptions. She speaks on publishing practice and particularly on how to grow impact from publishing activity and on issues of learned society strategy




The research perspective: how important really is OA to academics?

Matteo Fumagalli
Queen Mary University of London

Matteo Fumagalli is a biomedical engineer by training. He completed his PhD at Politecnico di Milano (Italy) and then undertook postdoctoral research positions at University of California – Berkeley funded by EMBO, and at UCL funded by HFSP. He then joined Imperial College London and recently moved to Queen Mary University of London as Senior Lecturer in Genetics. Matteo’s research integrates statistics, computer science and genetics to understand how much evolution has shaped disease susceptibility. He is an advocate of open-source software, open-access science and member of the managing board of Peer Community In Evolutionary Biology.


Nadia Soliman
Imperial College London

Nadia has just completed her PhD at Imperial College London. She focused on developing methods to improve the feasibility, efficiency and accuracy of preclinical systematic reviews while addressing neurobiological questions of interest to improve the predictive validity of animal research, the use of machine technologies and employment of crowd science to ensure that research conduct is rigorous, open, and transparent. She is the UK Reproducibility Network’s Local Network Lead and Badges and Preprint Editor at BMJ Open Science. She also has an interest in sharing her military experiences and knowledge of leadership development to engender a more positive research culture.


Florian Mussgnug
University College London


Summary and Close


September 01 2021 - 00:00 - November 30 2021 - 00:00

£ 45.00 + £ 9.00 VAT


£ 55.00 + £ 11.00 VAT


NB:  UKSG reserves the right to alter or vary the programme due to events or circumstances beyond its reasonable control without being obliged to refund monies.


How to Book

Registration is available here, and will be valid for both sessions on the 17th and 18th November. 

General queries - 

Please take a look at our code of conduct 


The closing date for cancellations is Friday 22nd October, after which date cancellations will not be eligible for a refund.  Cancellation should be sent into writing to  All registrants will be sent a link to a recording after the event.

The UKSG code of conduct can be found here and UKSG terms and conditions here

NB: UKSG reserves the right to alter or vary the programme due to events or circumstances beyond its reasonable control without being obliged to refund monies.

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