Open Access Week (The 5th SPARC Japan Seminar 2009)

"An open access business model and researchers' attitudes"

Time: October 20, 2009, 13:30-17:00
Place: National Institute of Informatics

※Document is available.(March 12, 2010))

※Videos are available.(November 2, 2009)

※Slides are available.(October 22, 2009)



Open Access is a growing international movement. We held the SPARC Japan Seminar on the first global Open Access Day, October 14 last year to discuss appropriate OA models for Japan. And the now-annual international event has been expanded from a single day to a full week. A variety of events celebrating Open Access Week are planned all over the world.


SPARC Japan will also hold this seminar on October 20 during the Open Access Week to broaden awareness and understanding of Open Access to research. We aim attendees to understand the current state of Open Access for better implementations.


BioMed Central (BMC) is the first for-profit open access publisher and has been attracting much attention since being acquired by Springer. First, we will learn from Ms. Charlotte Hubbard of BMC about the management of Open Access publishing and their activities with the best practice. She will also discuss the vision and prospects of BMC.


Prof. Shin Tochinai of Hokkaido University (Biology) has some experiences with institutional repositories and he has a vision to open access activity considering of the next generation of libraries. He will talk of STM researchers’ attitudes towards Open Access.


We would like attendees to join the discussion afterwards and hope this seminar will help them better understand about Open Access activities.

Moderator: Kazuhiro Hayashi (The Chemical Society of Japan)



Slides Video Document


Kazuhiro Hayashi

(The Chemical Society of Japan)





An open access business model: past and future of BioMed Central (tentative)


(with consecutive interpretation)

Charlotte Hubbard

(Journal Development Manager, BioMed Central)


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Researchers' attitudes towards open access



Shin Tochinai

(Associate Professor, Division of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, Hokkaido University)


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16:20-17:00 Discussion
17:00 Closing
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Participation fee
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Please send an e-mail titled "The 5th SPARC Japan Seminar" to the following with your name, affiliation and e-mail address.


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Deadline: October 13, 2009

※Due to limited space (for 80 people), participation is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Send to: SPARC Japan, Scholarly and Academic Information Division, Cyber Science Infrastructure Development Department, National Institute of Informatics, JAPAN
E-mail: FAX: +81-3-4212-2375

Charlotte Hubbard (Journal Development Manager, BioMed Central)

Charlotte Hubbard is based in Singapore and works as Journal Development Manager for BioMed Central, developing its portfolio of journals and business activities in the Asia Pacific region. Previously, she was Managing Editor of the Independent Journals portfolio having joined BioMed Central in 2004.


BioMed Central is a STM (Science, Technology and Medicine) publisher, which has pioneered the open access publishing model. Launched in 2000, BioMed Central has rapidly grown to become the largest open access publisher, currently publishing 200 journals spanning the whole of biology and medicine, and recently in chemistry and physics.

Shin Tochinai (Associate Professor, Division of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, Hokkaido University)
Shin Tochinai was born in Sapporo, Hokkaido, Japan. After entrance to the Hokkaido University in 1969, he has been spent more than 40 years at the same University. Doctorate degree (D.Sc.) was given from the faculty of Science, Hokkaido University, in 1978. Since 1978, he has been working at the Hokkaido University for research and education. His major scientific interests are in the fields of animal development, regeneration and evolution. He has been developed several unique animal models, such as a South African clawed frog genetic strain, an asexually propagating white worm colony, heterogenetic daphnia clones, and a parthenogenetic crayfish. Since 2005, he is also working as a supervisor for Communicators in Science and Technology Education Program of Hokkaido University (CoSTEP).
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Charlotte Hubbard (BioMed Central, Singapore)


Researchers' attitudes towards open access (Shin Tochinai)
After completion of a series of works, researchers write and publish a paper in scholarly journals. Because the research paper has been and will be one of the most important ways to publicize the research results, researchers are willing to publish their works. Most of the scientific papers have been published in scholarly journals, which are accessible only by the research peers. On the other hand, recent explosion of science has made many fields cross over and consequently research papers have a big chance to be read by researchers in other fields. Likewise, science is now deeply involved in life of ordinary people, which make more and more people eager to access original papers. However, the traditional publishing system has a major obstacle when trying to access by these people. Because most published researches are financed by public funds, people feel something wrong with this access difficulty. Meanwhile, most researchers are pleased if their papers are read by anyone, but they are not willing to make it easier for the people to read papers by shaving their budget. And because taxpayers know that they have already paid the cost of research, they do not want to pay a premium for reading papers. How could open-access publication find a way to satisfy both readers and researchers, under these circumstances?
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