Webinar: Perspectives on the Nelson Memo: Mandating public access to the outputs of federally-funded research in the US

Thursday, October 27th
11:00am – 12:30pm ET/8am PT
Zoom Webinar

The United States Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) recently announced a new policy directing all federal funding agencies to mandate “free, immediate, and equitable access to federally funded research” no later than December 31st, 2025. While the policy shift brings the US closer in line with open access movements such as “Plan S”, a number of open questions remain about the Nelson Memo. 

In this webinar, we will hear thoughts from experts in scholarly publishing about the possible implications of the Nelson Memo for publishers, authors, and the scientific community more broadly.

Learning Objectives For This Session: 

1. Increase general understanding of the content of the memo across science editors and publishers.
2. Explore the possible implications of the new policy for different types of publishers
3. Explore the possible implications of the new policy for authors

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Brooke LaFlamme, Director of Editorial Performance, OA Journals, Springer Nature


Jennifer Griffiths, Head of Academic Affairs, North America, Springer Nature

Jennifer Griffiths received her Ph.D. in Chemistry from Duke University and was a postdoctoral associate at Yale University before entering the scholarly publishing field. She started her career at the American Chemical Society as a managing editor for several journals and then was the Editorial Development Manager for the Americas at the Royal Society of Chemistry before joining Springer Nature in 2021. As Head of Academic Affairs for North America, she is a key point person in building relationships with funders, government research institutions, and academic institutions to collaborate on areas of mutual interest such as open science, research integrity, and research evaluation.

James Butcher, Practice Lead for Europe, Clarke & Esposito

James joined the firm from Springer Nature, where he was Vice President of the Nature journals. He managed a team of 500 editors, journalists, and publishers who produce Nature, Nature research journals, the Nature Reviews journals, and Nature Communications. James was responsible for the Nature journals’ editorial and commercial strategy. He also contributed heavily to the group’s open access strategy, which included the publishing development of Scientific Reports and Nature Communications, as well as overseeing the OA transition for Nature and the Nature research journals.

 Angela Cochran, VP of Publishing, American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO)

Angela Cochran is the Vice President of Publishing for the American Society of Clinical Oncology. Previously, she was Managing Director and Publisher at the American Society of Civil Engineers in Reston, Virginia. She has served in the roles of Associate Publisher, Journals Director, Production Director, and Journals Production Manager for ASCE. She was a Managing Editor at the American Cancer Society and a Production Editor for Appleton & Lange and at Pearson Education. She is the past president of the Society for Scholarly Publishing and the Council of Science Editors. She is a regular contributor and associate editor of The Scholarly Kitchen.

Dylan Ruediger, Senior Analyst, Ithaka S+R

Dylan Ruediger is a senior analyst at Ithaka S+R, where he leads a team studying the research enterprise. Prior to joining Ithaka S+R, Dylan coordinated a national initiative to better align doctoral education with changing professional opportunities within and beyond the academy at the American Historical Association. He holds a PhD in history from Georgia State University and a BA in critical theory from Hampshire College.