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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Conference Partners






Preliminary Program

Tuesday, September 13 | 09:00 – 19:00 EDT (Time zones)



Words of Welcome


Keynote Address

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


Roundtable Discussion 1
Bringing Regional Perspectives to the OA Discussions




Panels A

12:45-13:45 Lunch Break
13:45-15:00 Panels B

Meet the Publishers

15:45-16:00 Break

Roundtable Discussion 2
Publishers' Perspective on the Future of Open Access

17:30 UN at 75 Book Launch and Opening Reception

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



Panels C


Meet the Publishers

11:00-11:15 Break


Roundtable Discussion 3
Scholarly Societies' Transition to Open Access


Lunch Break
13:30-14:45 Panels D
14:45-15:00 Break
15:00-16:15 Roundtable Discussion 4
Innovations in Open Access Publishing
16:15-17:00 Closing Remarks

Call for Proposals

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
May 2022 Acceptance or Rejection Notifications (sent by email to the individual who submitted the proposal)


Register Now

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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Invitation to partner with IPSA on the Open Access Publishing Conference

The Open Access Publishing: A New Era in Scholarly Communication Conference is an opportunity to network with 300+ prominent scholars, publishing houses, international associations, NGOs, and students worldwide. Promote your institution or organization, support your brand and maintain a high profile among delegates. The entire program will be streamed live through an online event platform for the virtual attendees and will allow you to reach a wider audience worldwide. 

The following opportunities exist for sponsorship and advertising. For more information, please consult the Sponsorship & Advertising Kit (button below) or contact Haluk Dag at

Sponsorship & Advertising Kit

Summary of Products (all prices are in USD) 


Gold Sponsorship Package $5,000 
Silver Sponsorship Package $3,000 
Bronze Sponsorship Package $2,000
Contribution to Travel Grants $1,000
Conference Keynote Session $500


Customized e-mail to conference delegates and IPSA members $1,000 
Virtual Event Platform Advertisement $750 
Banner on the IPSA website for 30 days $750 
Rotating banner on the event platform $500 
Video ads $300 or $200
IPSA Newsletter Banner Advertisement (per month) $250