5. Panel Discussion

Date and time: Thursday, 24 June 2.45pm (BST)

Panel discussion: How local journals are using technology to ensure sustainability

This session will be a panel discussion with experts from international publication organizations, journal editors and libraries who will share their experiences, knowledge and research on the issue of sustainability of local scientific journals. The panel will attempt to answer the important question of whether there is a future for local/regional journals in a world of increasingly international publishing – and what this might this look like.

The panel will also consider questions such as how regional journals can gain acceptance within their research communities and compete with big-brand international journals for authors and readers. How can, and should, technology be used to support regional journals and what type of support systems is sustainable – commercial or institution/government funding? How can you best employ new technologies to keep up with new trends, best practices and requirements, without incurring unrealistic overheads?

We don’t have all the answers, but we do have some thoughts! Join us to hear our experiences and ideas, and bring your own to inform an active discussion on technology, sustainability, editing and journal publishing.


Sandra Guigonis, Deputy Director, Open Edition

Sandra Guigonis is Deputy director of OpenEdition, a comprehensive infrastructure based in France whose mission is to promote open publication and communication in the humanities and social sciences. OpenEdition brings together four complementary platforms focused respectively on journals (OpenEdition Journals), books series (OpenEdition Books), research blogs (Hypotheses) and academic events (Calenda). She studied philosophy, webdesign and information architecture, and joined the OpenEdition team in 2011 where she is now in charge of the Editorial Department.

Arianna Becerril Garcia, executive director of Redalyc/Amelica

Arianna is an associate professor and researcher at the Autonomous University of the State of Mexico. (UAEM) and a member of the National System of Researchers (SNI) of Mexico. She has postgraduate, doctorate and master studies in computer science from Tecnológico de Monterrey, Mexico. She is the executive director of the Network of Scientific Journals of Latin America and the Caribbean, Spain and Portugal (Redalyc.org), and  founder and director of AmeliCA Knowledge Open S.C. In addition, she is co-founder of the Mexican Network of Institutional Repositories and part of its executive  committee. She is a member of the steering committee of Invest In Open Infrastructure (IOI), board member of The Global Sustainability Coalition for Open Science Services (SCOSS) and Council member of the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). Her lines of research are: open access, technologies for academic publication, artificial Intelligence, semantic web, and linked open data.

Brian Cody, Scholastica

Brian Cody is CEO and Co-Founder of Scholastica, a web-based software platform with easy-to-integrate peer review, production, and open access publishing solutions for journal programs of any size. Before starting Scholastica, Brian was doing doctoral work in sociology at the University of Chicago, and he is a self-taught Ruby on Rails programmer.
Twitter: @briancody

Stephanie Dawson, CEO ScienceOpen

Stephanie Dawson, CEO ScienceOpen, grew up in northern California, studied Biology at Yale University and received a PhD in German Literature from the University of Washington. She spent over 10 years at the academic publisher De Gruyter in Berlin, Germany in the fields of biology and chemistry in both journals and book publishing. 2013 she joined the founding team of the digital start-up ScienceOpen to explore open access publishing and discovery services.
Twitter: @SDawsonBerlin

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