Screening and Panel Discussion of 'Paywall: The Business of Scholarship'

Tuesday, October 23, 2018
By ASIST Office

Have you ever hit a paywall when searching for a scientific publication? A paywall describes an arrangement where access to content is restricted to only those who have paid a subscription. A new documentary “Paywall: The Business of Scholarship” explores the business of scientific journals and the rationale for open access. ASISTDuke Science and SocietyDuke University LibrariesOffice of the Vice Provost for Interdisciplinary Studies, and the Office of the Vice Provost for the Arts are hosting a viewing of Paywall on November 5th from 7:30-9:30PM at the Rubenstein Studio Theater. Free parking for the event will be available at the Campus Drive Lot.

Following a viewing of the documentary, we will host a panel discussion with four great panelists interested in open access of academic works:

  • Aria Chernik (Duke), Founder and Director, OSPRI (Open Source Pedagogy, Research + Innovation) & Lecturing Fellow in the Social Science Research Institute
  • Jennifer Jenkins (Duke), Clinical Professor of Law and Director, Center for the Study of the Public Domain
  • Charles Piot (Duke), Chair and Professor of Cultural Anthropology and African and African American Studies
  • Elise Smith (NIEHS), Postdoctoral Fellow, National Institutes of Environmental Health Sciences

We invite you to come watch and learn more about the world of academic publishing and the current state of the open access movement. Whether you support full open access, support subscription-based academic journals or are somewhere in between, bring your experiences and questions to this engaging event!