Coronavirus Announcement on 21 July 2020: VIRTUAL CONFERENCE

We are aware that for many people the uncertainty of travel severely restricts their ability to commit to physically attending the 2nd Basel Sustainable Publishing Forum. We have constantly analyzed the whole situation during lockdown whilst still preparing the conference in the background. If you have followed the updates on the website, you probably saw that we did not want to commit to a certain format early on.

Nevertheless, we have now come to a decision and we would like to inform you that we will be holding the forum in an online-only meeting. The event will be broadcasted live using the platform Zoom and registered persons will be able to participate virtually.

This means that interested parties can now submit their proposals for a virtual contribution, so there is no longer any need to worry about whether or not you can travel to Basel at the end of October and attend the conference. So please do not hesitate to send us your ideas! We have decided to further extend the abstract submission deadline to 13 September 2020 and we look forward to you submitting your ideas and contributing to our virtual event. We already appreciate your commitment!
You can now register for the conference and of course, we would be pleased if you could join the 2nd Basel Sustainable Publishing Forum!

Until then, we can offer you some of the conference topics via Webinars! In the weeks and months preceding the conference, selected speakers will discuss various aspects on Open-Access publishing. The first webinar in the series was already held on 2 July 2020. It touched upon topics such as Plan S and Price Transparency and consisted of talks from different publishers. The webinar website and the full recording can be found here.
The next webinar will be announced soon. If you are interested in contributing or participating (free of charge), please do not hesitate to contact us. We would be pleased if you could join us!

In the interest of inclusive global participation and in light of the COVID-19 pandemic and its aftermath, MDPI has generously agreed to drop the registration fees for all virtual academics, members of partnering societies and students for the 2nd Basel Sustainable Publishing Forum. However, registration for the event is mandatory.

The 2nd Basel Sustainable Publishing Forum (BSPF2), organized by the University of Basel and MDPI, will be held virtually on 26–27 October 2020. The aim of the forum is to offer a platform for open and constructive conversation between researchers, learned societies, university librarians, funding agencies, scholarly publishers, publishing platforms, and other concerned stakeholders (professional associations, etc.) to identify implementable solutions for a sustainable global transition to open access.  A main topic of discussion of BSPF2 will be the challenges facing learned societies in this transition to Open Access. The conference will cover a broad array of topics relevant to these challenges, like the development of alternative metrics, the evaluation and promotion of researchers, the OA price transparency, the current situation and limitations of transformative agreements, copyright, etc.

would like to invite all relevant stakeholders, especially the research community and representatives of learned societies, to join us and participate by sharing their experience, views, opinions, or results, and, to submit a proposal in response to one of the following calls.

Call for Presentations

We are looking for speakers willing to present important initiatives or projects relevant to the global transition to open access. Proposals can contain updates on well-known initiatives, or new initiatives and frameworks. They may also cover research that provides a novel and alternative perspective on the transition to open access. Presentations may be keynotes (30-45min) or short presentations (10-15min). Presentation proposals should consist of up to 500 words.

Call for Panels

We seek proposals for interactive panels intended to generate lively discussions. We are primarily looking for panels directly relevant to learned societies, but also for panels discussing topics relevant to the global transition to Open Access.
Panels will be composed of 4–8 panelists and
last between 45 minutes to 1.5 hours.
Panel proposals should consist
of a (maximum) 500-word abstract. Please also provide the names, affiliations, and email addresses of panelists who have agreed to participate.

Call for Posters

We welcome poster presentations on research, viewpoints, analysis, and initiatives relevant to the audience and topic. Poster proposals should consist of up to 500 words.

Proposals must be submitted in English to before 13 September 2020.

We could love to count on your participation at this event! If you have any questions please feel free to visit our conference website or contact

Important dates

Abstract submission deadline: 13 September 2020
Notification of acceptance: around 9 October 2020
Conference dates: 26-27 October 2020 | VIRTUAL

We look forward to hearing from you and wish all the best in these difficult times.

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