Paywall: The Business of Scholarship – Film Screening and Discussion

You will be aware that academic publishing and science communications are currently undergoing radical technological and cultural changes, through ‘open science’ and ‘open access’ movements. To this end, as part of Open Access Week, the Brunel Library is hosting a free screening of the recently released documentary Paywall: The Business of Scholarship (2018).

The film explores the business of academic publishing, featuring leading representatives within the scholarly landscape; creators of disruptive technologies, innovative new publishers and policy makers driving academic and institutional behaviours.


Topics addressed and open for discussion include: Are policy demands suppressing a disciplinary-led transformation to ‘open’ scholarship?; Is openness losing the opportunity to become a cultural norm?; Are the proposed models sufficient and how are they evolving? We are keen to hear from you with comments or questions.

Following the screening, a panel discussion including leading voices in the UK scholarly publishing environment and research community will engage with topics and challenges addressed in the documentary.


  • Caroline Black, Publishing Director, Cambridge University Press
  • Dr Mark Hahnel, Founder and CEO, Figshare
  • Dr Danny Kingsley, Deputy Director, Scholarly Communications and Research Services, Cambridge University
  • Dr David Prosser, Executive Director, Research Libraries UK
  • Dr Torsten Reimer, Head of Research Services, British Library
  • Dr Hauke Riesch, Lecturer, Sociology & Communications, Brunel University London
  • Dr Sabrina Tosi, Senior Lecturer, Life Sciences, and Head of the Leukaemia and Chromosome Research Laboratory, Brunel University London

Light refreshments will be available from 12pm in the Gaskell Building, Room 012, Wednesday 31st October with the screening commencing at 12.30pm.

The panel discussion will take place from 1.30pm.

This promises to be an illuminating event and we do hope you will join us.

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