The Scholarly Publishing Roundtable
March 09, 2022
Of the various projects I've been involved with over the years, the one that perhaps I'm the proudest of is my participation in the Scholarly Publishing Roundtable. The Roundtable's report, delivered to Congress and the White House in 2010, had a significant impact on the Holdren memo, which was the basis for the US government's policies for making peer reviewed articles resulting from federally funded research available without a subscription. The story of the Roundtable, how it came to be and the impact it had, has now been detailed in an article in the journal Learned Publishing, written by myself and three other Roundtable members.
The article has just come out as early view, so it doesn't have a volume and issue yet (I'll try to remember to update this post when it does). If you have access to the journal, you can get to it here. If you don't, I've uploaded the final manuscript version which you can access here: Public Access Policy in the United States: Impact of the Scholarly Publishing Roundtable.
For those of you who've been involved in the OA wars, it'll be a fine trip down memory lane, with perhaps a few surprises. For me, working on the article reminded me again what an amazing group of people were involved with the Roundtable and how lucky I was to be able to be a part of it.