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Symposium: "Paywall - The Business of Scholarship"

by Jason Schmitt


We are happy to announce that a collaboration of ZPID, LMU OSC, and LMU University Library will present the movie "Paywall - The Business of Scholarship" in Munich.

The movie is a documentary which focuses on the need for open access to research and science. It questions the rationale behind the $25.2 billion a year that flows into for-profit academic publishers, examines the 35-40% profit margin associated with the top academic publishers, and looks at the factors impeding global academic innovation.

We will live-screen the movie, and have a subsequent panel discussion, featuring the following panelists:

  • Prof. Jason Schmitt (Director and producer of the movie; Clarkson University, USA)
  • Prof. Michael Bosnjak (Leibniz Institute for Psychology Information, ZPID, Trier)
  • Volker Schallehn (Head of Open Access Publishing, University Library, LMU)
  • Prof. Nikolaus Plesnila (LMU Open Science Center; University Hospital of Munich)
The event will start by a short opening speech by our speaker, Prof. Katrin Auspurg, and will be moderated by OSC member Dr. Sabine Hoffmann.

See the trailer here:

The event will take place on Friday, Dec 14, 2018 from 14:30 to 16:30 in Lecture Hall M 018, Geschwister-Scholl-Platz 1, LMU Munich.

Claim your (free!) ticket here:


Organized by:







 University Library of the LMU