Conference on open access publishing will examine the wider economic, public policy and academic conditions that are of particular concern to the arts and humanities. 15 July 2011

Monday 27 June 2011

This one-day symposium, entitled ‘Open Access publishing in the arts and humanities’, will be held at the School of Advanced Study, University of London in association with SAS-Space on Friday 15 July 2011.

The symposium will bring together academics, journal editors, publishers, librarians, funding bodies and repository practitioners to consider issues of particular concern in the arts and humanities. It will examine the academic, economic and public policy aspects of humanities open access publishing, as well as the different modes in which open access is currently delivered for scholars in the humanities.

There is currently a great deal of interest in open access publishing (OA), but it is also evident that different areas of scholarship are moving at different paces and have very different publishing cultures. Critically, the symposium offers the opportunity to examine both the wider economic, public policy and academic conditions that affect the arts and humanities in particular, and then to compare and contrast the different ways in which OA is being delivered from a range of perspectives, thereby presenting specific solutions to wider problems.

‘Open Access publishing in the arts and humanities’ will take place at the Institute of Advanced Legal Studies (School of Advanced Study, University of London), 17 Russell Square, London, WC1B 5DR on Friday 15 July, from 10:00 until 16:20. For further details, and to reserve a place, please contact Dr Peter Webster at

Notes for editors

1. For further information and requests for interview please contact Dr Peter Webster at or Dee Burn at the School of Advanced Study, University of London at / +44(0) 20 7862 8670 / 07900 401 240.

2. The School of Advanced Study at the University of London is the UK’s national centre for the facilitation and promotion of research in the humanities and social sciences. The School brings together the specialised scholarship and resources of ten prestigious research institutes to offer academic opportunities, facilities and stimulation across a wide range of subject areas for the benefit of the national and international scholarly community. The member institutes of the School are the Institutes of Advanced Legal Studies, Classical Studies, Commonwealth Studies, English Studies, Germanic & Romance Studies, Historical Research, Musical Research, Philosophy, Study of the Americas, and the Warburg Institute.

3. SAS-Space is the institutional repository for the School of Advanced Study. The mission of SAS-SPACE is to provide a stable, well-managed, permanent archive for digital scholarly and research materials of enduring value produced at, or in association with, the School of Advanced Study, University of London. SAS-SPACE is also the platform for digital collections and archives of individuals, scholarly societies and other bodies associated with the School. It is available at