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Scholarly Communication Events

Our Scholarly Communication events are designed to provide an open forum for discussions of how research and scholarship are changing and for continuing University dialogue surrounding initiatives in scholarly communication.

If you would like to be notified of upcoming events, send an email to Meg Oakley, Director, Copyright & Scholarly Communication.

Past Events:

Op-Eds, Media Interviews, and Social Media: Faculty Scholarship in the Public Square

Friday, October 6, 2017

With panelists:
Autumn Brewington, Op-Ed Editor at the Washington Post (2007-2014) and Editor of the Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank (2014-2016)
Marcia Chatelain, Associate Professor, Department of History, Georgetown University
Danielle Knight, Producer, “1A”, WAMU 88.5 American University Radio and NPR
Deborah Tannen, University Professor, Department of Linguistics, Georgetown University

Moderated by:
Sanford Ungar, Director, The Free Speech Project, Georgetown University

In this panel discussion, our speakers explored how faculty bring their research and scholarship to the attention of the public and work toward informing and influencing public discourse and policymaking.

Online Piracy: Why Sci-Hub Is Disrupting Scholarly Publishing

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

With speakers:
Heather Joseph, Executive Director, SPARC
Meg Oakley, Director, Copyright & Scholarly Communication, Georgetown University Library
Lui Simpson, Executive Director, International Copyright Enforcement and Trade Policy, Association of American Publishers

Moderated by:
Richard Brown, Director, Georgetown University Press

At this symposium, our speakers addressed online piracy of scholarly publications and the issues raised by the unprecedented growth of pirate sites like Sci-Hub with more 58,000,000 copyrighted articles freely available. Following the speakers' presentations, there was lively discussion among publishers, researchers, editors, and librarians on the legal and moral issues raised by online piracy and the future of scholarly publishing.

View slides (Meg Oakley): What is Sci-Hub? How does it work? Who is using it?
Read more about Online Piracy.

Quo Vadis? The Future of Humanities Scholarship

Thursday, April 7, 2016

With speakers:
Jane Aikin, Director, Division of Research Programs, National Endowment for the Humanities
Robert Newman, Director, National Humanities Center

Introductory remarks by:
Robert Groves, Provost, Georgetown University

Moderated by:
Daniel Shore, Associate Professor, Department of English, Georgetown University

At this symposium, our panel of experts addressed the value of the humanities and how research in the humanities is communicated to both scholars and the public. They explored how we can increase the reach and impact of humanities scholarship by disseminating research more broadly, thus allowing humanists to reach new audiences.

Find more resources on the value and reach of Humanities Scholarship.

Scholarly Book Publishing

Monday, March 14, 2016

With speaker:
Jennifer Hammer, Senior Editor at New York University Press

In this talk, Ms. Hammer discussed acquisitions in her fields of religion, anthropology, and psychology and answered questions about university press publishing today. View this video for expert advice on the publishing process, from submitting your proposal to marketing your book.

Academic Presses and Scholarly Publishing

Friday, December 11, 2015

With speakers:
Elizabeth Ault, Duke University Press
Areas of Specialization: African Studies, Film, Television, and Media Studies
Sara Jo Cohen, Temple University Press
Areas of Specialization: Music, Literature, Sexuality Studies, and Asian American Studies

In this talk, two university press editors discussed acquisitions at their respective presses and answered questions about scholarly publishing. Joining the editors for the Q&A were Richard Brown, Director of Georgetown University Press, and Peter Ginna, who was Editorial Director of the trade division of Oxford University Press for ten years and who is now writing a book titled What Editors Do: The Art, Craft, and Business of Book Editing, to be published by the University of Chicago Press.

Read more about the publishing process, from research to marketing your book, in our Scholarly Publishing Guide.

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