Scholarly Communication Symposium 2017

Scholarly Communications Retreat, October 6, 2015

March 9, 2017, 11:00 a.m.,

Father Madden Hall, University of St. Michael’s College

Register for the 2017 Scholarly Communication Symposium by March 1, 2017, 2017

The Scholarly Communication Symposium is open to all University of Toronto undergraduates and graduate students who are interested in academic publishing practices.  Learn how research is published traditionally to current and innovative practices from a former editor, a librarian, and a researcher!

Attendees will:

  • Receive a co-curricular record (undergraduate students only);
  • Be able to show their interest in academic publishing for graduate or medical school applications; and
  • Get a free lunch!



Bill Harnum is the director of publications for the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies and the former Senior Vice-president of Scholarly Publishing at University of Toronto Press.

Silvia Vong is the Collaborative Learning Librarian at University of St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto that focuses on educating undergraduate students on scholarly communication.

Dr. Rachel Harding is a postdoctoral fellow at Structural Genomics Consortium (SGC), University of Toronto.  She studies at Oxford University for her undergraduate and graduate degree, DPhil Pathology.  She is the creator of Lab Scribbles and provides real-time experimental data to make her data accessible to other researchers.



Lunch 11:00 to 11:30 a.m.

Scholarly Publishing in the Humanities: Is there a way forward?
Bill Harnum
11:30-12:30 p.m.
For the better part of a century, the academy has relied on scholarly publishers – both journal and monograph – to do three things well: review research and publishing proposals from scholars; put these proposals through a rigorous peer review process;  and distribute the resulting books to a market of  libraries and scholars and occasionally, a wider public.  Disruption to this environment – through changes to library budgets, tenure requirements, and non-traditional forms of publishing, are making this model more and more difficult to sustain.

Academic Pirates: A Reaction to the Challenges of Traditional Publishing Practices
Silvia Vong
12:30-1:30 p.m.

#Icanhazpdf, Sci-Hub, and Library Genesis are just a few ways academics have responded to the barriers in accessing research.  This session looks at how these methods and sources have prompted a discussion around copyright, funding issues and challenges for new researchers.

Emerging Publishing Models: Open Lab Notebooks, Preprints, Repositories and More!
Dr. Rachel Harding
1:30-2:30 p.m.

Researchers have an opportunity to share their work with their colleagues in the field beyond traditional models.  Open access sources and innovative methods of publishing research can increase access and further research in a field.

Scholarly Communication Symposium Committee:

Reid Locklin, Manda Vrkljan, and Silvia Vong