Recasting the learned periodical in open access: from kingmaker to community content as king


Recasting the learned periodical in open access:

from kingmaker to community content as king

Prof. Jean-Claude Guédon (Université de Montréal)

Venerdì 29 giugno 2018 ore 16.30 in punto
(termine: ore 17.45)

Sala lettura Biblioteca Centrale di Ingegneria
Politecnico di Torino, Corso Duca degli Abruzzi, 24, Torino
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Brett Frischmann
Silently, learned periodicals have seen their nature shift between 1950 and 1990: society and academic publishers have been displaced by international, commercial, publishers.
Digitization has allowed revisiting the processes accompanying learned communication, and has given rise to the Open Access Movement.

After first resisting this trend, commercial publishers (and others) have come to embrace open access, but, so doing, have also tried to reshape it to their advantage (e.g. the hybrid journals).

Meanwhile, funding agencies, both private and public, are beginning to see that their role too can shift. Deconstructing the "publishing function" is opening up new, improved, vistas for learned communication, while offering the promise of a better economic context for research institutions, libraries, and most learned societies.


Prof. Jean-Claude Guédon began his career at Glendon College (York University) in Toronto, Ontario in 1970 and has been a professor at the Université de Montréal since 1973, first in the Institut d'histoire et de sociopolitique des sciences, and, since 1987, in the Département de littérature comparée. He is a long-time member of the Internet Society serving as co-chair of the program committee in 1996, 1998 and 2000, and member of the same committee in 1997, 1999 and 2002. He has advised numerous governmental bodies, including the Ministère de la Recherche (France) for their e-publication project in the humanities and the social sciences; the Agence de la francophonie for matters pertaining to new technologies; the Quebec Minister of Communication in charge of the information highway; and the Quebec Ministry of education for the integration of the new technologies into the curriculum. He regularly acts as expert for the European Commission. He is also on the editorial board of several journals, and his three books are all available in Italian. He is on the advisory board of Redalyc, an open access publishing platform based in Mexico, and he was invited to write an analysis for the 15th anniversary of the Budapest Open Access Initiative: "Open Access: Toward the Internet of the Mind".