2014 Webinar 2: The 6 “W”s of Open Access Publishing: Who, What, Where, When, Why, hoW

Held: October 8, 2014, 2:00 PM to 3:30 PM Eastern Time

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In this follow-up webinar to the annual meeting session, publishing professionals discuss the open access movement. The speakers represent several perspectives, including those of a large publishing house, an Editor-in-Chief, and an author. We will review various open access formats (for example, full and hybrid) and discuss which options are best for various publication types. We will also discuss the ways in which open access can be integrated and implemented, depending on the needs of the journal.


  1. To describe the transition of a publication from subscription-based to fully open access; the impact of that transition on the review process, and the challenges presented in bringing new authors, reviewers and editors on board with a new publishing model.


Melissa Berbusse


Sue T. Griffin, PhD,is the co-Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Neuroinflammation, an open-access, peer-reviewed, online journal that focuses on innate immunological responses of the central nervous system, involving microglia, astrocytes, cytokines, chemokines, and related molecular processes. JNI was established in 2004 and is published by BioMed Central. Dr. Griffin is also The Alexa and William T Dillard Professor and Vice Chair for Research of the Donald W Reynolds Department of Geriatrics and the Reynolds Institute on Aging at the University of Arkansas College of Medicine and Director of Research at the Central Arkansas Veterans HealthCare System, Little Rock, Arkansas. For nearly 20 years, her Program has been at the leading edge of discoveries regarding the consequences of neuroinflammation triggered by neuronal stresses. The resulting knowledge of key early events in neuropathogenesis, together with new collaborative opportunities, has positioned her Program to turn the page and embark on novel translational studies.

Duncan MacRae is the Senior Publisher of Medicine, a broad-based fully open access journal published by Wolters Kluwer Health. Prior to joining Wolters Kluwer Health in 2013, Mr. MacRae spent 4 years as the Managing Editor of Neurosurgery, the journal of the Congress of Neurological Surgeons, and 6 years as the Managing Editor of Brain Pathology, the journal of the International Society of Neuropathology.

Kay Robbins holds a PhD in Applied Mathematics from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and is currently a Professor of Computer Science at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). Her research focuses on visualization, analysis, and management of multimedia data sets, particularly those generated from scientific experiments and models. She has collaborated with scientists from many areas including neuroscience, molecular biology, combustion science, and physics. As part of these collaborations, Dr. Robbins has published in a variety of areas and venues. She is currently the UTSA lead on a large collaborative consortium research project sponsored by the United States Army to instrument the brain and body at work. The project develops and uses sophisticated real-time data collection methods including high-resolution wireless EEG, eye tracking, and motion capture. The UTSA team, which works closely with researchers at the Army Research lab along with several academic and industrial partners, is developing analysis, visualization, and data handling tools for analyzing this data.