Transitioning to a sustainable Open Access model. Benefits and challenges on the way

Tuesday, 16 November, 12pm-1pm (UK-GMT time)


Delia Mihaila, CEO of MDPI and Unai Vicario, Publishing Coordinator at MDPI


Moving a journal from the traditional subscription-based model to the Open Access model is often a matter of concern for the editorial offices, societies and authors supporting any journal. When discussing with all those stakeholders and listening to their questions and concerns we often find some commonalities. In this webinar we will provide an overview of the Open Access model and clarify those questions that are often raised when journals consider transitioning to Open Access. We will also share our experience showing 2 case studies. The webinar will try to offer practical advice and answer the following questions:

-What are the benefits of adopting the Open Access model?

-We would like to move to the Open Access model, but we are worried about the effect of introducing Article Processing Charges (APC) and afraid of losing authors who cannot afford to pay an APC.

-As a society or association, we offer free access to our journal as a benefit for our members. What could we offer to our members if we move the journal to the Open Access model?

-As a society we offer the subscription to our members. How will the society keep the members if we move to the Open Access model?

-If the journal adopts the Open Access model, how can we continue to guarantee the quality?


About the speakers

Delia Mihaila
Chief Executive Officer of MDPI

Delia Mihaila is the Chief Executive Officer of MDPI (Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute), a leading fully open access publisher, whose mission is to foster open scientific exchange in all forms, across all disciplines. MDPI offers a wide range of services, including journal and book publication, early publication at and conferences hosting on, to support scientific communities worldwide in making a positive impact on research.

Delia joined MDPI in 2013 and served in various positions within the company, including as Publishing Development Manager and Publishing Director. Delia held the CEO position within MDPI previously, from February 2015 to April 2016 and with the second mandate since May 2019. She holds a Master of Arts in International Publishing from Oxford Brookes University. Before joining MDPI she worked as Journal Publishing Manager for John Wiley & Sons in the UK, where she was responsible for the strategic development and performance of a large portfolio of journals within the health sciences division. Before obtaining her Master’s degree in the UK, she worked as Business Development Manager for a medical publisher in Romania and acquired project management experience being involved in several PHARE European projects.

Unai Vicario
Publisher Coordinator at MDPI

Dr. Unai Vicario obtained his bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry followed by a Master of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology (2008); he received his PhD on this same topic from the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) in 2016. Unai began his publisher carrier in 2016 and since then he has worked as co-Managing Editor for IJERPH, Managing Editor for Children and Fishes, and Section Managing Editor in the section on Animal Genetics and Genomics in Genes. He has also served as Editorial Section Leader in the office that MDPI has in Barcelona. In 2019, he was appointed Publisher, and since 2020 he serves as Publisher Coordinator in Barcelona to develop constructive relationships with learned societies and institutions. His mission is to improve the publishing experience for the scientific community and promote the Open Access model.