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Open Access Workshop @ Oxford Brookes University

27 Oct 2021, 10:30 (CEST)

Open Access, Open Research, Academic Publishing
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About the Open Access Workshop

As a part of MDPI’s 25th anniversary, it is our delight and pleasure to run an Open Access Workshop for students and faculty of Oxford Brookes University and the Oxford International Centre for Publishing.

In this two-part workshop, attendees will have the opportunity to establish and further their understanding in relation to Open Access, looking at the origins of the Open Access movement, how it compares to the traditional journal publishing model and the multiple varieties of Open Access which are used across the academic publishing ecosystem today. In addition, the features and benefits of Open Access will also be discussed, along with some of the current disadvantages of the model, and how national policy is driving Open Access forward.

In the second part of the workshop, we will offer an introduction to MDPI, detailing our history as a leader in open access publishing as we reach our 25-year anniversary. We’ll also offer insight into how publish in as timely and efficient a manner as possible, our partnerships with institutions and initiatives in the field we are working on to improve our services for researchers and scholars, as well as answer any questions or queries attendees might have.

About MDPI

A pioneer in scholarly open access publishing, MDPI has supported academic communities since 1996. Based in Basel, Switzerland, MDPI has the mission to foster open scientific exchange in all forms, across all disciplines. Our 366 diverse, peer-reviewed, open access journals are supported by more than 115,000 academic experts who support our mission, values, and commitment to providing high-quality service for our authors. We serve scholars from around the world to ensure the latest research is freely available and all content is distributed under a Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY).

With offices in Beijing, Wuhan and Tianjin (China), Barcelona (Spain), Belgrade and Novi Sad (Serbia), Cluj-Napoca (Romania), Manchester (UK), Tokyo (Japan), Bangkok (Thailand) and Kraków (Poland), MDPI has published the research of more than 330,000 individual authors and our journals receive more than 25 million monthly webpage views.

About Oxford Brookes

Set in a historic student city, Oxford Brookes is one of the UK’s leading modern universities and enjoys an international reputation for teaching excellence and innovation as well as strong links with business and industry, and high graduate employability. In 2019, Oxford Brookes was the UK’s number one university for research, and second in the UK for teaching, in the Times Higher Education Young University Rankings 2019.

The Oxford International Centre for Publishing is one of the leading institutes for publishing education in the world, with a reputation for innovation and excellence in teaching and research. Their industry-led postgraduate courses are respected throughout the world and provide students with the skills, knowledge and networks to kickstart their career in publishing. The OICP carries out academic research, professional development programmes and consultancy, enjoying an unrivalled network of contacts in Oxford, London and further afield.

Date: 27 October 2021

Time: 10:30am CEST | 9:30am BST

Meeting ID: 860 0342 3389


CEO, MDPI AG, Basel, Switzerland

Delia Mihaila joined MDPI in March 2013. She previously held the positions of Managing Editor, Publishing Development Manager, and Publishing Director within MDPI. Delia held the CEO position within MDPI previously, from February 2015 to April 2016. She holds a Master of Arts in International Publishing from Oxford Brookes University. Before joining MDPI she worked as Journal Publishing Manager for John Wiley & Sons in the UK, where she was responsible for the strategic development and performance of a large portfolio of journals within the health sciences division. Before obtaining her Master’s degree in the UK, she worked as Business Development Manager for a medical publisher in Romania and acquired project management experience being involved in several PHARE European projects.

Junior Associate Publisher/Institutional Open Access Program (IOAP) Director, MDPI, Manchester, UK

Oliver joined MDPI in September 2019 as part of an internship via Oxford Brookes University, from which he holds a Master’s Degree in Digital Publishing. Starting out as an Assistant Editor on the MDPI journals Publications and Materials, he also worked on the Institutional Open Access Program (IOAP) as an Assistant Publisher, before becoming Director of the IOAP in April 2020, where he works on establishing institutional partnerships and acts as the primary contact for institutional and consortia related inquiries.

Publisher, MDPI, Barcelona, Spain

Dr. Unai Vicario joined MDPI in May 2016. He obtained his bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry followed by a Master of Environmental Contamination and Toxicology (2008); he received his PhD on this same topic from the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) in 2016. Unai has worked as co-Managing Editor for IJERPH, Managing Editor for Children and Fishes, and Section Managing Editor in the section on Animal Genetics and Genomics in Genes. He has also served as Editorial Section Leader in Barcelona. In 2019, he was appointed Publisher, and since 2020 he serves as Publisher Manager in Barcelona to develop constructive relationships with learned societies and institutions. His mission is to improve the publishing experience for the scientific community and promote the Open Access model. Unai is the Scientific Officer for Public Health related issues, serves as advisory for the Communication Committee and chairs the Acquisition and Transfer Committee in MDPI.


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