The SOAP Symposium

Harnack House of the Max Planck Society

Harnack House of the Max Planck Society

Ihnestraße 16-20, 14195 Berlin Germany

Study of Open Access Publishing.

What publishers offer, what researchers want.

Facts for publishers, funding agencies and libraries.


The SOAP project (Study of Open Access Publishing, describes and analyses the open access publishing landscape as well as exploring the risks and opportunities of the transition to open access publishing for libraries, publishers and funding agencies. The project partners would like to invite you to the SOAP Symposium

on January 13th, 2011 in Berlin, at the Harnack House

(the day after the APE2011 conference)

This event will present the final results of SOAP. Definitive facts about open access publishing with in-depth analysis will foster a lively debate between key stakeholders who will elaborate on these groundbreaking findings.

The audience for this event are publishers (open access and not) (re-)considering their business models, libraries considering financial steps for the support of open access, funding agencies and policy makers evaluating options for open access publishing. And of course anyone with a keen interest in this transformative disruption in scholarly communication.

Over its two-years duration, the project has performed the most detailed study so far of the current supply and success of gold open access journals, publishers and models, spotlighting the amazing difference between large and small publishing houses and learned societies, licensing practices and business models. (Preliminary results are available).

The project performed a comprehensive survey of opinions and attitudes on open access of 50000 researchers across all disciplines and around the world. This largest survey to date shows that "one size does not fit all", and there are myriad factors that libraries, publishers and funding agencies have to consider to trace a path through these shifting sands (Preliminary results are available).

By the time of the workshop, the “demand” for open access publishing and the “supply” will have been further analysed with further input from leaders in the field, presenting a picture of open access, and well established facts, on which to base decisions shaping the scholarly communication of the future.

The event will also celebrate the release in the public domain of the data collected by the SOAP survey, with a hands-on workshop for those interested in mining this valuable resource for further re-use.

Note: The project is funded by the European Commission comprises publishers (BioMed Central, SAGE Publication Ltd., Springer Science and Business Media), research institutions (CERN - European Organization for Nuclear Research, Max Planck Society) and funding agencies (STFC - Science & Technology Facilities Council UK).

    • 8:30 AM 9:00 AM
      Registration - Tea/Coffee
    • 9:00 AM 9:30 AM
      Welcome and introduction to the day

      Ralf Schimmer, Max Planck Society
      Celina Ramjoué, European Commission
      Salvatore Mele, CERN

      Moderator: Deborah Kahn, BioMed Central

    • 9:30 AM 10:00 AM
      The landscape of Open Access Publishing today

      Ralf Schimmer, Max Planck Society

    • 10:00 AM 10:45 AM
      What scientists think about Open Access Publishing today

      Simon Lambert, STFC

    • 10:45 AM 11:15 AM
      Coffee break
    • 11:15 AM 12:00 PM
      Open Access Publishing today: what scientist do and why

      Salvatore Mele, CERN

    • 12:00 PM 12:30 PM
      Question and Answers on the SOAP results

      Representatives of all SOAP partners

      Moderator: Deborah Kahn, BioMed Central

    • 12:30 PM 1:30 PM
    • 1:30 PM 2:20 PM
      Viewpoint on SOAP results: publishers


      Caroline Sutton, OASPA
      Mark Patterson, PLoS
      Bettina Görner, Springer
      Deborah Kahn, BioMed Central
      David Ross, SAGE
      Peter Strickland, International Union of Crystallography

      Moderator: Salvatore Mele, CERN

    • 2:20 PM 3:10 PM
      Viewpoint on SOAP results: funding agencies


      Heinz Pampel, Helmholtz Association
      Jorgen Eriksson, Lund University
      Robert Kiley, Wellcome Trust
      Celina Ramjoué, European Commission

      Moderator: Salvatore Mele, CERN

    • 3:10 PM 3:25 PM
      Open microphone for the audience

      Moderator: Salvatore Mele, CERN

    • 3:25 PM 3:45 PM
      Coffee break
    • 3:45 PM 4:30 PM
      Where Open Access Publishing is coming from and where it is going to

      Stuart Shieber, Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

    • 4:30 PM 4:35 PM
      Closing remarks and farewell

      Salvatore Mele, CERN

    • 4:35 PM 5:30 PM
    • 5:30 PM 6:30 PM
      Hands-on Workshop: How to use the SOAP survey data