Academic Research: How Free Should it Be?

Academic Research: How Free Should it Be?

10 Apr 2018, 16:00 - 17:00

The Faculty

What tension does free content place on the sustainability of academic publishing and what are the possible solutions to those tensions? There are many good reasons why academic research should be freely available for anyone to read and re-use. Today there are several ways in which content is made free and in the future perhaps all content will be free, at least in some form. This session will discuss how researchers, funders and other organisations are forging a world in which academic content is increasingly free to readers. We will also explore how publishers are or could adapt to the various challenges and opportunities that this presents.


  • Matthew Day


    Head of Open and Data Publishing

    Cambridge University Press

    Matthew Day is the Head of Open and Data Publishing, Cambridge University Press. Matthew has worked in publishing for over 20 years, starting with...

  • Dr Danny Kingsley


    Deputy Director, Scholarly Communication and Research Services

    Cambridge University Library

    Dr Danny Kinglsey is Deputy Director, Scholarly Communication and Research Services at Cambridge University Library. Her role has responsibility for...

  • Andrew Sykes


    Marketing Director, Institutional and Retail

    Cambridge University Press

    Andrew Sykes is Institutional and Retail Marketing Director at Cambridge University Press. Leading a team based in Cambridge and New York, he is...

  • Michael Cresswell


    HE Innovations and Digital Development Manager

    Cambridge University Press

    Michael Cresswell leads the Innovation and Digital Development strand of Cambridge University Press' Higher Education publishing programme and is a...

  • Emma Wilson


    Director of Publishing, Journals and Databases

    Royal Society of Chemistry

    Emma has more than 15 years’ experience working in the scholarly publishing sector. She has worked for both commercial and not-for-profit publishers...

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