Session 10: Debate of the motion ‘Open access will reduce quality publishing’

Saturday 3 June 2023 – 3.45pm-4.45pm (Turkish time)

Subscription journals are increasingly flipping to open access, and joining the many journals around the world which have always been published “free to view”. There is an accepted moral dimension that argues for scientific and academic research to be publicly available for the greater good, but are there any downsides to this assumption?  This debate proposes that open access is likely to lead to lower quality content being made publicly available since it is changing the editorial priorities that currently only select the best content for publication. By using a formal debate we will argue both sides of the proposal and ask our audience (in person and online) to participate by asking our panellists challenging questions and voting for which argument they find most persuasive. Let the battle commence!



Joan Marsh

Editor-in-Chief, The Lancet PsychiatryUnited Kingdom

Joan Marsh is the Editor-in-Chief of The Lancet Psychiatry. Joan was on the Council of the European Association of Science Editors for 12 years, including six as President. She is now Chair of its Gender Policy Committee and an Associate Editor of European Science Editing.

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Pippa Smart

Consultant: retired, PSP ConsultingUnited Kingdom

Now mostly retired from publishing.

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Matt Hodgkinson

United Kingdom

I am on COPE Council and I am EASE Treasurer. I was previously Head of Research Integrity at Hindawi and an editor at BMC and PLOS, then a Research Integrity Manager with UKRIO.

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