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Inaugural Lecture of Professor Stephen Pinfield

Professor ​Stephen Pinfield will give his inaugural lecture, ‘Open Access in Theory and Practice' on the 9th November 2016, 5pm in the Diamond, Lecture Theatre ​5 (Basement), 32 Leavygreave Road, Sheffield S3 7RD.​

Open access is becoming an increasingly important part of the research communication environment. Governments, funders, institutions and others are coming to expect researchers to make their publications available in an open access form. This lecture will take a look at the latest developments in the field of open access, including ongoing policy development, changing business and funding models, differing disciplinary responses, increasing market complexity, and the shifting roles of different stakeholders (researchers, publishers, librarians, managers and the general public). It will also consider possible futures for open access in the context of the wider ‘Open Science’ movement. In particular, the role and the value of theory in enabling greater understanding of the open-access phenomenon and informing practice will be discussed. The interaction between theory and practice (and theorists and practitioners) in many areas of the Social Sciences is not always a straightforward one. This lecture will consider the theory-practice relationship in the particular context of open access to see what it can tell us both about open access itself and also the wider question of the relationship between theory and practice.
All are welcome to attend and there is no need to register. A celebratory wine reception will take place after the Lecture in the ICOSS Foyer (across the road from the Diamond via the Portobello entrance).

For further information, please contact Laura Hogg,


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