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Opening Content for COVID_July 1, 2020

To enable researchers, students, and faculty in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, many publishers removed paywalls from their content. As those free access periods are set to expire, how are publishers handling the reinstitution of paywalls, both logistically and from a messaging standpoint? How has this period changed customer relationships and how will it change future sales approaches? And how has the race to open content affected intellectual property protections and guarding against cyber criminals like SciHub? A panel of publishers and service partners who are working through these challenges share their approaches.

Andrew Pitts



Clare Curtis


Publisher, Portland Press

Emily Farrell


Library Sales Executive, The MIT Press

Vida Damijonaitis


Director, Worldwide Sales, American Medical Association

Will Schweitzer


SVP, Product Management, Silverchair

Will is responsible for developing and managing Silverchair’s scholarly and professional products, including the core Silverchair Platform. He has a deep knowledge of scholarly publishing having worked in the industry for over 16 years in product and publisher roles for the American Association for the Advancement Science (Science Magazine), SAGE Publications, the American Psychological Association, and Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.