At what price do we publish?

Through a panel discussion with leading experts in academia, journalism and the publishing industry, we will explore the process and costs of academic publishing. The discussion will take the form of a debate, where the panelists will offer their perspectives in the cost of publishing and the implications this may have on early career researchers and the accessibility of original scientific knowledge.


List of panelists:

Chair - Professor Angela Russel

Angela is Professor of Medicinal Chemistry in the Departments of Chemistry and Pharmacology at the University of Oxford. In 2007 she was awarded a prestigious Research Councils’ UK Fellowship in Medicinal Chemistry jointly between the Department of Chemistry and Pharmacology. Her work lies at the interface of Chemistry, Biology and Medicine and aims to discover new small molecules and mechanisms to manipulate cell fate and translate them into therapeutic agents, particularly for degenerative diseases and cancer. Angela has realised several successful multidisciplinary research collaborations, including identifying small molecules to upregulate utrophin for the treatment of Duchenne muscular dystrophy, developing novel inhibitors and activators of developmental signaling pathways and new anti-cancer agents.


Nick Campbell -Panelist

Nick Campbell is Vice President for Academic Affairs at Springer Nature. Nick joined what was then Nature Publishing Group in 2001 and has been an editor on Nature Reviews Genetics, Executive Editor of Nature, and Director of Nature Research in China. As the Managing Editor of Nature, Nick led a major digital and print relaunch. Prior to his current role, Nick was most recently Executive Editor and Executive Vice President for Global Institutional Partnerships at Nature Research. Nick’s first degree, PhD and postdoctoral research were in genetics. He also has a Graduate Certificate in journalism from the University of Queensland.


Panelist - Stephen Buranyi (Guardian)

Stephen Buranyi is a writer at the Guardian specialising in science and sport. Stephen has written extensively about subjects such as science publishing and science fraud. Stephen is now based in London, but is initially from Nova Scotia and studied genetics and systems biology at the University of Toronto.


Panelist - Dominika Gruszka

Dominika joined Oxford Physics in March 2022 as a Royal Society and Wellcome Trust Sir Henry Dale Fellow. Her research centres on physical mechanisms of biological processes. Her early work focused on biophysical dissection of bacterial biofilms which she investigated during her PHD at the University of York and early postdoctoral work at the University of Cambridge. More recently, she has studied mechanisms of eukaryotic DNA replication using single-molecule imaging. Her research group aims to understand how epigenetic information is maintained in time.


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