What should the future of scholarly publishing look like? How about open access? Who should decide? Can journals become more affordable and accessible? Will journals continue serving as the primary means of communicating research? Can institutional repositories work together more effectively to integrate the world’s knowledge?
Finding the answers to these and other related questions is important for research growth, research funding, public education and policy development, global economic development, global information access and equity, and more. And there are many different stakeholder groups working to find the answers. But not together, and not until now.
The Open Scholarship Initiative is an ambitious, United Nations sponsored global effort to bring together a diverse and high-level congress of scholarly publishing decision makers from around the globe into a series of annual meetings that are thoughtfully designed and constructed so these leaders can personally share their ideas and perspectives and look for common ground and actionable solutions. Decisions agreed to at the inaugural 2016 meeting will be revisited and refined at annual meetings over the next 10 years, with the goal of ensuring that solutions are workable and widely adopted, and that new and remaining issues are continually reviewed and agreed-to solutions are fine-tuned.