On February 16, 2016, our local Open Access Ambassadors at the MPI for Dynamics of Complex Technical Systems in Magdeburg organized a meeting on “Open Access Publishing and Open Science” in cooperation with the institute library.
After a short introduction and a general overview on Open Access by Head Librarian Kristina Reinhold, it was time for the first talk by PLoS Paleo Community editor and ScienceOpen Communications Director Jon Tennant. In his talk on “Open Access as a junior researcher” he presented an overview on the current state of scientific publishing and made a strong case for why open access publishing is particularly important for young researchers. After a short break for coffee and discussion, Kai Geschuhn gave an overview of the Open Access activities within the Max Planck Society and the role of the Max Planck Digital Library. Key aspect of the talk was the large-scale transformation to an Open Access publishing model promoted by MPDL.
The event was concluded by a short overview of the Open Access and self-archiving services at the MPI library and a presentation about “Paywalls, preprints, science platforms” by the local OA ambassadors Jan Heiland and Robert Flassig.
With its compelling and informative presentations and lively discussion, the event was successful in furthering Open Access in the Max Planck Society and beyond.