Report from the "Who Decides?" Workgroup


  • Ivy Anderson Interim Executive Director and Director of Collections, California Digital Library (CDL)
  • Mel DeSart Head, Engineering Library, University of Washington
  • Lee Cheng Ean University Librarian, National University of Singapore
  • Remi Gaillard Head of Collection Management Department, University of Pierre and Marie Curie
  • Susan Gibbons Deputy Provost for Libraries & Scholarly Communication, Yale University
  • Adam Huftalen Senior Manager of Federal Government Affairs, RELX Group
  • Joan Lippincott Associate Executive Director, Coalition for Networked Information (CNI)
  • Salvatore Mele Head of Open Access, European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN)
  • Ralf Schimmer Director, Department of Scientific Information Provision, Max Planck Digital Library, Max Planck Society
  • Deborah Stine Professor of the Practice, Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University
  • John Vaughan Senior Fellow, Association of American Universities



Who decides the future of open access, or, rather, who has the power to make decisions that can affect the future of open access? We believe that large scale, transformative, and inclusive progress on these questions can transpire when several entities, each with different complementary powers, convene to collaborate on win-win solutions. We offer three examples of such possible scenarios: the way scholars are evaluated, the way some innovations in scholarly publishing can be nurtured, and the way global cooperation can transform existing journals to open access.

OSI2016 Workgroup Question

Tied to [the] question of who should decide the future of open access, who should have the power to make changes to scholarly publishing practices? Do these powers flow from publishers, institutions, tenure committees, funding agencies, authors, or all of the above? All of the above? None of the above? What are the pros, cons, and consequences of different institutions and interest groups developing and implementing their own solutions (even the one-off variety)? Is federal oversight needed? Global coordination (through an organization like UNESCO)?