Paywall: The Business of Scholarship - Film Screening


Event details

Date 11.03.2019 17:1519:00  
Speaker Luc Henry, Scientific Advisor, EPFL Presidency, Tobias Philipp, OA Coordinator at SNSF, Béatrice Marselli, Publication Services Coordinator at EPFL Library, Céline Saudou, Coordinator of electronic collection at EPFL Library
Category Movies

The EPFL Open Science Initiative and the EPFL Library present
Paywall: The Business of Scholarship

Everyone on campus is invited to join the conversation about Open Access. To provide an entertaining – however interesting – introduction to the topic, we will screen the documentary movie (duration: 65 minutes), followed by an apéro.
Free movie! Followed by open conversation at the bar. Click on this link for registration (required).
Paywall: The Business of Scholarship is a documentary/advocacy film that dissects the current state of affairs of scholarly publishing. While the director cannot hide its convictions – and never attempts to – it is through the mouth of a number of esteemed experts and long-term Open Access advocates that he exposes the flaws of the current academic publishing system, and provides a glimpse into what the future could look like.
Director Jason Schmitt is a professor at Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY as well as a filmmaker and journalist.Film reviews were published in NatureScienceNew ScientistInside Higher Education, and many more. Since the film premiere in September 2018, it was screened in over 350 locations altogether, including in Hawaii, Greenland, Azerbaijan and … Switzerland.

Practical information

  • Informed public
  • Free
  • This event is internal



  • Luc Henry, Scientific Advisor, EPFL Presidency


Open Access Open Science publishing documentary