Open Access: The Role and Impact of Preprint Services

An NFAIS Foresight Event, sponsored by NISO

Event Dates: Thursday, November 14 – Friday, November 15, 2019


Meeting Venue: American Geophysical Union, 2000 Florida Avenue, NW, Washington DC


Preprint servers and services are actively embraced by a broad range of research communities in North America. Scholarly output in a variety of forms (text, supplemental materials, code, etc.) can be accessed by students and researchers before a final version of record is released. That being the case, there are pragmatic concerns for various constituencies in the information community. Does the feedback that authors receive from those visiting these platforms suffice as a form of peer-review? What accountability exists? Does deposit of a researcher’s preprint automatically qualify as compliance with a funder’s mandate for OA? Additional issues include consistent use of identifiers, the supply of complete and accurate metadata, assurance of long-term preservation and system interoperability. Far from wishing to obstruct this approach to open access, most stakeholders seek to ensure preprint services will be appropriately recognized and integrated into our existing scholarly ecosystem.


The point of this two-day, on-site event is to enable participants to engage in a cross-sector discussion of how best to integrate preprint services into existing research processes. Participate in identifying potential issues and existing gaps that impede researcher workflow. Scheduled small group discussions will allow attendees to better understand specific community needs and identify mechanisms that will satisfy those needs. What’s working? What’s not? Attend this NISO Foresight event and help the community to further open access just that little bit more!


Confirmed speakers includeamong others:

·      Kent Anderson, Founder, Caldera Publishing Solutions,

·      Oya Rieger, Senior Advisor, Ithaka S & R

·      Kathleen Shearer, Executive Director, COAR, 

·      Tyler Walter, Dean of Libraries, Virginia Tech; 

·      Angela Cochran, Managing Director and Publisher, ASCE, 

·      Thomas Narock, Assistant Professor, Integrative Data Analytics, Goucher College

·      Gregg Gordon, Managing Director, SSRN.


For additional details about the agenda, visit the NISO event page.


Registration:  Fee includes a continental breakfast, a working lunch and three coffee breaks. 

NISO Member Organization: $285.00; Non-NISO-Member: $335.00; Student: $110.00

Want to register immediately using a credit card? Use this form. Please take this golden opportunity to engage with other stakeholders in exploring the use of preprints and identifying the next steps needed to usefully integrate this form of communication in the world of scholarship and research. We want you in the room!


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