Past Events

University Club Ballroom A
123 University Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Monday, October 19, 2015 - 4:30pm to 6:00pm

Independent peer review is one of the foundations of scholarship and a practice that has been in place in the academy for centuries. This panel will address innovations that promote transparency and accelerate the pace of research, such as post-publication review, open peer review, and research evaluation ethics, exploring questions such as:

   • Who qualifies as a peer reviewer? 
   • What kinds of content should be reviewed? Datasets? Editorials? 
   • What are the strengths and weaknesses of pre-publication vs. post-publication peer review? 
   • Is open peer review integrated with the formal publication process? Does it need to be?
   • What concerns are there with making peer review open? Are there benefits to anonymity, for example? 
   • How do we ensure productive and civil discourse in a public review process? 
   • How do these innovations change the relationship between the reviewer and the author? 
   • Is it important to address the novelty and significance of the research in the review, or should it be only about      content and soundness? 
   • What is the anticipated trajectory of these changes in peer review and how might they affect research 25      years from now? 

Moderator: Jackie Smith, Professor of Sociology and editor, 
Journal of World-Systems Research

Brandon Stell, PubPeer; 
Larry Kane, University of Pittsburgh, F1000 Research;
Lenny Teytelman,; 
Josh Nicholson, The Winnower

About the panelists: 
  Larry Kane is Associate Professor in the Dept. of Immunology at the University of Pittsburgh. As a member of the Faculty of 1000, Dr. Kane is avid contributor to F1000Prime and F1000Research, and is an advocate for innovation in the peer review process to accelerate the dissemination of research. F1000Research ( is an Open Science publishing platform offering immediate publication of posters, slides and articles with no editorial bias. All articles benefit from transparent peer review and the inclusion 
of all source data. 

  Josh Nicholson is the founder of The Winnower, an open scholarly publishing platform launched in 2014. The Winnower acts as a publisher and archiver for a variety of content (research,reddit AMAs, student essays, journal club proceedings, peer reviews, open letters, grants, etc.) and to-date has published over 600 articles. Nicholson received his PhD in cell biology in 2015 from Virginia Tech. He has authored numerous articles on scientific funding and publishing in addition to his research on cancer, some of which have been discussed in The Economist, The Boston Globe and other major news outlets.

  Brandon Stell is a neuroscientist and team leader at the French national science organization CNRS in Paris and is the President of the PubPeer Foundation. PubPeer ( is an anonymous online forum for post-publication peer review where scholars can comment on any article published with a DOI. The authors of the paper are invited to engage with the commenters. 

  Lenny Teytelman is a geneticist and computational biologist. Since 2012, he has devoted himself to creating a free and up-to-date central repository of life science methods. As cofounder of Lenny brings a strong passion for sharing science and improving research efficiency through technology.

Thursday, October 15, 2015 - 12:30pm

Open approaches have the potential to enhance research, learning, and knowledge exchange on a global scale.
This session will review the range and state of open activities in the higher education arena, explore common factors for the different open domains, and define potential benefits of adopting a more integrated approach to policy and practice for individuals and institutions.

6115 Gates Hillman Center
4902 Forbes Ave
Pittsburgh, PA 15213
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 - 4:30pm

Panel presentation featuring: Maryann Martone, Executive Director, Force11; Peter Binfield, Founder, PeerJ; Rachel Burley, Vice President and Director, Open Access, John Wiley & Sons, Inc.; and Jennifer Lin, Senior Project Manager, Public Library of Sciences (PLoS) 

A distinguished panel representing both traditional and Open Access publishing interests will discuss drivers and barriers to openness and transparency in scholarly communication. 

Cohosted by the University Libraries of Carnegie Mellon University and the University Library System, University of Pittsburgh.

University Club Ballroom B
123 University Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 1:30pm

Watch this event online
Read an article about McKiernan’s presentation
Read an article about the Pitt faculty response to the keynote address 

Join a lively discussion by Erin McKiernan, an early career researcher in experimental and computational neuroscience and a leading advocate for Open Access, Open Data, and Open Science. McKiernan will explore the powerful, positive benefits of openness in scholarly research, the tension between personal success as a researcher and Open Science, and the need for reform in our academic evaluation and incentive systems. 

A panel discussion featuring members of the University of Pittsburgh academic community will follow. 

The panelists will include--

• Brian Beaton (Moderator) Assistant Professor, School of Information Sciences and Interim Director, Sara Fine Institute for Interpersonal Behavior and Technology

• Gordon Mitchell, Associate Professor of Communication and Assistant Dean, University Honors College 

• Lara Putnam, Professor of History and former co-senior editor, Hispanic American Historical Review 

• Jackie Smith, Professor of Sociology and editor, Journal of World-Systems Research 

More about Erin McKiernan
McKiernan is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychology at Wilfrid Laurier University, Waterloo, Ontario. Previously she served as a researcher affiliated with the National Institute of Public Health of Mexico, where she experienced firsthand the impact of cost barriers to accessing scholarly research. McKiernan has written about open access for international media outlets, such as The Conversation and The Guardian, and blogs about her experiences with Open Science. You can also follow her on Twitter at @emckiernan13

University Club Ballroom B
123 University Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Tuesday, October 21, 2014 - 1:30pm to 4:00pm

Come meet the partners behind the Historic Pittsburgh digital collection and learn about future plans for this open educational resource.

Keynote speakers—including Steve Mellon, a writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, and Angelique Bamberg, adjunct professor of history of art and architecture at Pitt—will describe how they have used the collection and the ways that its offerings have been crucial to their research. 

Local experts will also be on hand to discuss and demonstrate how to get started on local history research and representatives from many Historic Pittsburgh partner institutions will be available to answer your questions. 

Schedule of events
1:30 pm – Presentation by Steve Mellon, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

2:30 pm – Presentation by Angelique Bamberg, Adjunct Professor, 
History of Art and Architecture, University of Pittsburgh

3:30 pm – Demonstration of the redesigned Historic Pittsburgh website 


View the Historic Pittsburgh Fair invitation 

University Club Ballroom A
123 University Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Tuesday, October 22, 2013 - 4:00pm to 6:00pm

As publishing options increase in number, it is ever more important that university authors manage their copyrights in a way that ensures maximum benefit to them and to the university. Peter Hirtle, Senior Policy Advisor in the Cornell University Library and a Research Fellow at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, will give an overview of the sometimes puzzling issues surrounding creating, securing, owning, and using copyrighted works. Topics will include author agreements and contracts, the public access requirements in some federal grants, new publishing options, and the management of your copyrights. The session will benefit those who want to gain a better understanding of the changing nature of scholarly communications.

Room 272, Hillman Library
3960 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Thursday, October 10, 2013 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm

This month’s Lunch & Learn will serve as a kickoff for Open Access Week (October 21-27, 2013). ULS Office of Scholarly Communication and Publishing staff will discuss recent local, national, and international Open Access initiatives and give a preview of other activities we have planned for Open Access Week.

For more information on Open Access at Pitt, please visit:

272 Hillman Library
3960 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Thursday, September 19, 2013 - 10:00am to 3:00pm

Session 1:
"Scholarly Communication and Open Access"
Thursday, September 19, 10 to 11 am
Room 272, Hillman Library 

Session 2: 
"Rethinking the Library Catalogue, Again" 
Thursday, September 19, 2 to 3 pm 
Room 272, Hillman Library

University Club Ballroom A
123 University Place
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Wednesday, April 24, 2013 - 4:00pm to 5:30pm

Institutional support for open access is growing steadily. Through an executive directive, the White House has required all federal agencies that provide significant support for research to file plans in August 2013 for how they will make journal articles and research data arising from federal support agreements publicly available over the Internet. Meanwhile, the University of California system also recently adopted a robust system-wide open access policy. This talk will put these recent developments in historical perspective, explain and examine their principal requirements, and focus on the growing importance of reuse rights for open access materials.

Kurtzman Room, William Pitt Union
3959 Fifth Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Rather than solely tracking the number of times a work is cited in scholarly literature, altmetrics--alternative ways of measuring the use of, and impact of, scholarship--use social media and other web-based forms of scholarly communication to create a more comprehensive picture of research reach. 

The ULS has partnered with Plum Analytics in a pilot project to help Pitt scholars track, assess, and compare scholarly impact. Through Plum Analytics, researchers can make their scholarship more accessible, promote their research, and connect with other scholars. 

Andrea Michalek, co-founder of Plum Analytics, will talk about her organization's efforts and how they can benefit Pitt scholars. Staff from the ULS Office of Scholarly Communication and Publishing will also be on hand to share the latest developments in Open Access and digital publishing.