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Scholarly Communication, Open Science & its Impact


Joshua Gans and Fiona Murray, Organizers


October 25, 2012


Le Méridien Cambridge-MIT

Robert B. Taylor Room

20 Sidney Street

Cambridge, Massachusetts




8:00 am

Continental Breakfast



8:30 am

Welcome and Introduction, Joshua Gans



8:45 am

Session 1: Open Access Publications




Mark McCabe, University of Michigan
Christopher Snyder, Dartmouth College and NBER
The Economics of Open-Access Journals


Frank Mueller-Langer, Max Planck Institute for Intellectual Property and Competition Law
Richard Watt, University of Canterbury
Optimal Pricing and Quality of Academic Journals and the Ambiguous Welfare Effects of Forced Open Access: A Two-Sided Model


Timo Boppart, University of Zurich
Kevin E. Staub, University of Zurich
Online Accessibility of Academic Articles and the Diversity Of Economics


Giovanni B. Ramello, University of Eastern Piedmont
Open Access Journals & Academics’ Behaviors




Discussant:  Christian Zimmermann, Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis


10:45 am




11:15 am

Session 2: Open Science




Lin Jiang, University of Missouri
Jerry Thursby, Georgia Institute of Technology
Marie Thursby, Georgia Institute of Technology and NBER
Scientific Disclosure and the Faces of Competition



Chiara Franzoni, Politecnico di Milano
Henry Sauermann, Georgia Institute of Technology
Crowd Science:The Organization of Scientific Research in Open Collaborative Projects



Discussant:  Pierre Azoulay, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and NBER


12:15 pm

Lunch – Room Hunsaker A



1:30 pm

Session 3: Collaboration and Selection in Science




Kevin Boudreau, London Business School
Eva C. Guinan, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
Karim Lakhani, Harvard University
Christoph Riedl, Harvard University
A Bias for “Normal” Science? Field Evidence from Medical Research Funding Proposal Evaluations


Ajay K. Agrawal, University of Toronto and NBER
Avi Goldfarb, University of Toronto
Florenta Teodoridis, University of Toronto
Does Knowledge Accumulation Increase the Returns to Collaboration?

Evidence from the Collapse of the Soviet Union



Paul David, Stanford University
Cooperation, Creativity and Closure in Scientific Research Networks: Modeling the Simpler Dynamics of Invisible Colleges


Discussant:  Danielle Li, Northwestern University


3:30 pm




4:00 pm

Panel Session: 

How funders and journals are dealing with practical problems and challenges associated with access to data, materials and methods developed by the scientific community


Moderator:  Fiona Murray, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Panelists:  Kent Anderson, Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery and

Julia L. Greenstein, JDRF



5:30 pm




6:00 pm

Conference Dinner – Le Méridien Cambridge-MIT, Lan Jen Chu Room