Forum on the Future of Scientific Publishing

About the Forum

This all-day Forum was held on Thursday, June 27, 2013, at the Li Ka Shing Center for Learning and Knowledge on the Stanford University Campus. The Forum allowed major stakeholders to present their perspectives on impending federal policy changes regarding open access to scientific research. The event included speakers from

  • Scientific society publishers
  • Commercial publishers
  • University libraries
  • University researchers
  • Open access advocates
  • Companies involved in big data
  • Government agencies

View the detailed Agenda

Slides, videos, news article

Slide presentations (in pdf format) and videos from the conference are available from this site. Please click on the Agenda link above, where you will find pdf and/or video links next to the titles for each session. These items are also preserved in the Stanford Digital Repository and can be downloaded via the library catalog.

News article about the Forum


The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) has directed federal agencies "to develop plans to make the published results of federally funded research freely available to the public within one year of publication... Such results include peer-reviewed publications and digital data." These agencies are required to submit draft plans by August 22, 2013.

Funding agency responses could dramatically change how scientific information is exchanged and archived, as well as how scientific research is performed in the US.

We feel strongly that university faculty should be aware of the preliminary proposals being developed by the funding agencies and their potential impacts on the University research community.

Additional background information