How to Increase the Discoverability of Open Access Books for Researchers?


The first-ever regional event of the Society for Scholarly Publishing (SSP) in Germany will take place in Berlin on March 9. The panel discussion, moderated by our own Alex Naydenov, will cover the topic of increasing discoverability of open access books for researchers.

The SSP, founded in 1978, is a nonprofit organization formed to promote and advance communication among all sectors of the scholarly publication community through networking, information dissemination, and facilitation of new developments in the field. It largest event is its Annual Meeting, regularly attended by over 600 publishing professionals from the entire world. Its 40th Annual Meeting takes place between May 30 and June 1, 2018, in Chicago, USA. Regional meetings have taken place in the US, the UK, Brazil in the past and now for the first time in Germany.

WHEN 18:00 – 20:00; Friday, March 9, 2018
WHERE “Peter Lang International Academic Publishers” (Schlüterstraße 42, 10707 Berlin)

How to Increase the Discoverability of Open Access Books for Researchers?

“The more he looked inside, the more Piglet wasn’t there”. A. A Milne’s Winnie-the-Pooh might not have been an academic piece of work, but this short sentence managed to capture the curiosity, willingness and frustration that goes into a futile search for something. Looking for and, even more importantly, finding OA books proves to be a challenging endeavor. How do OA books get discovered? Through which channels? How can we make sure that they are living up to their full potential? How can we work better with different stakeholders to ensure the maximum visibility for OA books? What changes in workflows are needed? In this panel discussion, the Piglet syndrome will be discussed from various points of view: that of a librarian, a publisher, an author, and a funder.

Who are the speakers?

agata-morkaAgata Morka, PhD
Agata is an art historian by passion and by training. She holds an MA in cultural management from University of Lille. She graduated with a PhD in architectural history from the University of Washington, Seattle. She previously worked at DeGruyter, where she managed the OA books programme. Currently she works at Springer Nature as Senior Manager, OA books.
Max Mosterd

Max is Head of Operations at Knowledge Unlatched. He is passionate about making science and education more accessible to the wider public. Towards this end, he has founded a startup, published on bibliometrics and written his Master thesis on the pricing of scholarly content. He graduated from Erasmus University Rotterdam, having studied Economics before at the Harvard University Summer School and Utrecht University.

Prof. Dr. Michael Seadle

Prof. Dr. Michael Seadle is Director of the Berlin School of Library and Information Science at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin and has written on a wide range of subjects including long term digital archiving, research methodology, and computing management. He is a founding co-director of the HEADT Centre (Humboldt Elsevier Advanced Data and Text Centre) and head of its research integrity unit.

Benedikt Fecher, PhD

Benedikt has been leading the research program “Knowledge Dimension” and “Internet-enabled innovations” at the Humboldt Institute of Internet and Society since March 2017. He is a mentor in the “Open Knowledge” fellow program run by Wikimedia, the Stifterverband and the Volkswagen Foundation. Benedikt is also a publisher of the blog-journal Elephant in The Lab in the field of scholarly communication. His research focus is on Open Science, Open-Access-infrastructures, research impact and transfer.

The event is possible thanks to our sponsors from Springer Nature, Knowledge Unlatched and Peter Lang. To register go to SSP’s official website.


Knowledge Unlatched

Springer Nature

Peter Lang