Open Access Publishing: A New Era in Scholarly Communication


In recent years, the rapidly evolving world of scholarly communication has been subjected to several divisive issues, but none as hotly debated as the transition to Open Access publishing. The International Political Science Association (IPSA) as a scholarly association publishing multiple journals is directly affected by this radical transformation of the classic subscription-based publication model and consequently would like to take part in the discussions on the future of scholarly publishing and the inevitable advent of Open Access. Aiming to contribute toward finding an optimal and sustainable solution, IPSA, in partnership with Konrad Adenauer Foundation, Concordia University and the American Political Science Association (APSA), will host a two-day conference covering various topics surrounding the transition of scholarly publications to the Open Access format.

This two-day hybrid conference will take place 13-14 September 2022, onsite in Montreal, Canada, as well as virtually. The program will consist of multiple panels and several roundtable discussions led by global experts in the field of Open Access publications. The entire program will be streamed live through an online event platform for the virtual attendees. The topics covered will include Open Access Publishing Models; Open Access Book Publishing; Impact of Open Access Publishing for Research Funding in Social Sciences; Peer-Review in the Context of Open Access; Regional Perspective and Expertise in Open Access Publishing; and Sustainability of the Open Access Model. The Call for Proposals will open on 10 March 2022. An outcome report including the summary of the proceedings and recommendations will be published following the conference.


  1. Open Access Publishing Models
  2. Open Access Book Publishing
  3. Impact of Open Access Publishing for Research Funding in Social Sciences
  4. Regional perspective and expertise in Open Access Publishing
  5. Sustainability of the Open Access Model
  6. Peer-review in the Context of Open Access
  7. Experiences/Successes in OA 
  8. Open Access Publishing in Political Science
  9. Open Access and Databases
  10. Policy-making and Open Access Publishing

Selection Committee

Dr. Emilia Palonen
Founder of (online magazine of the Finnish Political Science Association); Former Board Member and chair of Finnish Association for Scholarly Publishing

Prof. Daniel Stockemer
Editor of the International Political Science Review (IPSR)

Prof. Stephen Sawyer
Associate Editor of the International Political Science Abstracts

Confirmed Guest Speakers

Prof. Geoffrey Boulton
Regius Professor and ex-Vice Principal of the University of Edinburgh, and Chair of the International Science Council (ISC) Project on the Future of Scientific Publishing

Dr. Susan Appe
Co-editor-in-chief, Voluntas: International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations

Mr. Jon Gurstelle
Publishing Director, American Political Science Association (APSA)

Ms. Claire Redhead
Executive Director, Open Access Scholarly Publishing Association (OASPA)

Ms. Julieta Mortati
Production Manager, Latin American Research Commons (LARC)

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Tuesday, September 13 | 13:00 – 19:00 EDT (Time zones)

Concordia University – Hall Building (1455, De Maisonneuve West)
Room H-1220 (12th floor)

11:00 - 13:00 Registration

13:00 - 13:15

Words of Welcome

Prof. Graham Carr
President and Vice-Chancellor of Concordia University

Prof. Dianne Pinderhughes
President, International Political Science Association (IPSA)

Dr. Kim Fontaine-Skronski
Executive Director, International Political Science Association (IPSA)

13:15 - 14:00

Keynote Address

Prof. Geoffrey Boulton
Chair, Project on the Future of Scientific Publishing, International Science Council (ISC)

14:00 - 15:30

Panels A

Panel 1 - Open Access Publishing Models’ Challenges and Equality 

  • Chair: Dr. Theresa Reidy, International Political Science Association, Ireland
  • Dr. Marijke Breuning, University of North Texas, United States
  • Dr. Didier Torny, French National Centre for Scientific Research, France
  • Prof. Christopher Barnes, Adelphi University, United States
  • Dr. Jesse Cragwall, Pellissippi State Community College, United States

Panel 2 - Open Access Book Infrastructures

  • Dr. Joe Deville, Lancaster University, United Kingdom
  • Dr. Rupert Gatti, Trinity College, Cambridge, United Kingdom
  • Prof. Martin Paul Eve, Birkbeck, University of London, United Kingdom
  • Dr. Miranda Barnes, COPIM, United Kingdom
15:30 - 15:45


15:45 - 17:00

Roundtable Discussion 1

Scholarly Societies' Transition to Open Access

  • Chair: Mr. Jon Gurstelle, American Political Science Association (APSA), United States
  • Ms. Julieta Mortati, Latin American Studies Association (LASA), United States
  • Ms. Claire Redhead, Open Access Scholarly Publishers Association (OASPA)
  • Prof. Giliberto Capano, European Consortium for Political Research (ECPR), Italy
  • Dr. Theresa Reidy, International Political Science Association (IPSA), Ireland
17:15 - 19:00 Opening Reception


Wednesday, September 14 | 09:00 – 17:00 EDT (Time zones)

08:00 - 09:00 Registration

09:00 - 10:30

Panels B

Panel 3 - National Expertise in Open Access Publishing

  • Chair: Dr. Kim Fontaine-Skronski, International Political Science Association, Canada
  • Dr. Jarosław Szczepański, University of Warsaw, Poland
  • Ms. Riitta Koikkalainen, National Library of Finland, Finland
  • Mr. Claver Boundja, Marien Ngouabi University, Congo

Panel 4 - Development and Sustainability of the Open Access Model

  • Chair: Prof. Stephen Sawyer, International Political Science Abstracts, France
  • Dr. Quentin Dufour, École normale supérieure - PSL, France
  • Dr. Roger Van Zwanenberg, Pluto Journals, United Kingdom
  • Dr. Frances Pinter, Central European University Press, United Kingdom
  • Prof. Siphamandla Zondi, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
10:30 - 10:45


11:00 - 12:15

Roundtable Discussion 2

Publishers' Perspective on the Future of Open Access

  • Chair: Prof. Daniel Stockemer, International Political Science Review (IPSR), Canada
  • Ms. Amy Appleyard, Sage
  • Ms. Stephanie Veldman, Brill
  • Ms. Lucy Oates, Oxford University Press
  • Dr. Elisabeth Brophy, Wiley

12:15 - 13:15

Lunch Break

13:15 - 14:45

Panels C

Panel 5 - Fair Open Access Publishing in Political Science

  • Chair: Dr. Elizabeth Bloodgood, Concordia University, Canada
  • Ms. Meenakshi Bansal, Indira Gandhi National Open University, India
  • Dr. Huw Price, Taylor & Francis, United Kingdom
  • Ms. Elizabeth Scarpelli, University of Cincinnati Press, United States
14:45 - 15:00


15:00 - 16:15

Roundtable Discussion 3
Bringing Regional Perspectives to the OA Discussions

  • Chair: Dr. Susan Appe, International Journal of Voluntary and Nonprofit Organizations (VOLUNTAS), United States
  • Prof. María Laura Tagina, Universidad Nacional de San Martín (UNSAM), Argentina
  • Dr. Martin Papillon, Université de Montréal (UdeM), Canada
  • Dr. Stéphane Paquin, École Nationale d'Administration Publique (ENAP), Canada
  • Prof. Siphamandla Zondi, University of Johannesburg, South Africa
16:15 - 17:00

Closing Remarks

Dr. Guylaine Beaudry
Vice-Provost, Digital Strategy and University Librarian, Concordia University Library

    The Call for Proposals for the IPSA Conference on Open Access Publishing is now closed. The deadline to submit a proposal was 19 April 2022.

    Important Dates

    10 March 2022 Call for Proposals Opens
    19 April 2022 Deadline to Submit a Proposal; Review by the Selection Committee
    30 May - June 10 2022 Acceptance or Rejection Notifications (sent by email to the individual who submitted the proposal)
    10 August 2022 Deadline to Register for the Conference
    1 September 2022

    Deadline to Submit Paper or Presentation

    Guidelines for Full Papers

    Main authors of accepted proposals should submit the complete paper in PDF format by 1 September 2022.


    • A written paper, in English, no more than 25 pages, single-spaced on letter-sized pages (8.5” x 11”) or A4.
    • Authors are free to choose the citation style of their paper.
    • Papers should be submitted in PDF format only.

    Please send your paper to The subject of the email should be “Open Access Conference - Paper Title – Author Name”.


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    Please note that IPSA and APSA members will benefit from a reduced registration fee to attend the conference. Students can register FREE OF CHARGE.

    IPSA/APSA Member* Registration Fees
      In-Person Virtual
    Regular $50 USD $25 USD
    Global South $25 USD $15 USD
    Student** FREE FREE
    Non-Member Registration Fees
      In-Person Virtual
    Regular $65 USD $35 USD
    Global South $35 USD $20 USD
    Student** FREE FREE

    *Only 2022 IPSA or APSA members will receive this benefit. To become an IPSA member or renew your membership, please visit our membership page.
    **Students need to provide proof of age (35 years old and under) and a copy of their student card to benefit from the Student registration category. 

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