Recognising the importance of societies to the research ecosystem, the Universities UK Open Access Co-ordination Group commissioned work to track the financial health of a sample of 30 UK learned societies over the last five years. Preliminary findings indicate that societies' publishing revenues are continuing to rise, but margins are being progressively squeezed. Almost half of the sampled societies reported a loss in 2015, up from only six in 2011.
Hosted by the Royal Society of Biology, this event is an opportunity for representatives of learned societies, from all disciplines, to engage with, and comment on, the study's interim findings, and help shape the final report. Participants will hear from the study's authors and leading society figures, and will be able to share their own perspectives on the challenges facing UK societies in an Open Access future.
As we wish to ensure that a good diversity of organisations and disciplines present we invite you to first apply for a place; approximately 60 places available free of charge.
When applying for you place please include:
Please apply by Monday 28th August. We will be allocating places to ensure a good spread of disciplines at the meeting and will contact all applicants on Tuesday 29th August about the outcome of their application.