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Open Forum on Academic Publishing April 20 at Hattiesburg Campus

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The University of Southern Mississippi Offices of the Provost and Vice President for Research will partner with the Aquila Digital Community (http://aquila.usm.edu/) to sponsor an open forum addressing the changing landscape of academic publishing Friday, April 20 from 10 a.m. to noon in Gonzales Auditorium, located in the Liberal Arts Building (room 108). This event is open to all members of the university community.

The forum, Academic Publishing: Changes and Challenges will feature a brief overview of recent trends from Dr. Carole Kiehl, dean of University Libraries, followed by an expert panel discussion featuring Southern Miss faculty members representing various disciplines. These faculty members are actively involved in writing and editorial duties for scholarly publications, and include: Parthapratim Biswas, physics; Fengwei Bai, biological sciences; Andrew Haley, history; Vafa Kamali, research; Bikramjit Banerjee, computing science; and David P. Daves, curriculum, instruction, and special education.

A Q-and-A session will be moderated by Associate Dean for Library Collections and Scholarly Communications Corrie Marsh.

“There are a variety of academic concerns surrounding new models for publishing,” Southern Miss Associate Vice President for Research Gordon Cannon said. “For example, many new open scholarly scientific journals now require expensive author fees and some granting agencies require archival preservation of research data. This forum will initiate future campus discussions about how to address these challenges.”

One of the panel experts, Andrew Haley, will describe his experience using open internet publishing to support his research and publications. Fellow panelist Parthapratim Biswas, a member of the editorial board for the journal ISRN Condensed Matter Physics, affirms the significance of the forum. “The so-called ‘open access’ journals are increasingly becoming more and more important, and it is high time to have a discussion to explore issues associated with publishing in the free journals.”

For more information about the forum, contact Corrie Marsh and corrie.marsh@usm.edu or call 601.266.4241.