After two years of digital conferences, Munin is returning the on-site aspect – this year we will be welcoming you on Tromsø campus, as well as digitally.

NB! Participants will have to get acquainted with the pre-published conference material before the conference, while during the conference the focus will be on interaction and exchange of opinions. Read more about the flipped format. To find the materials, go to the program and click on the title of a contribution. Alternatively, you can go to the conference’s issue in Septentrio Conference Series where all of the conference contributions are published.

We suggest that you annotate the materials in the conference’s issue in Septentrio Conference Series by using hypothes.is, a free web-annotation tool. You can annotate papers, posters and even the captions in the videos (the ones in the left menu). Post your questions or comments (preferably in Public mode), and tag your annotations with “Munin2022”. If you don’t know how to use hypothes.is, read their Get started resource.

For other useful information, see the Participant’s Guide.

Important dates

  • Deadline to send in paper, video (incl. slides, if any), poster: 31 October 2022
  • Papers, videos, posters published: 15 November 2022
  • Registration for onsite participants: 15 November 2022
  • Registration for digital participants: 23 November 2022

This year’s topics

Economics and equity in Open Science infrastructures

Investment in non-commercial infrastructures has been designated as one of the ways to promote equity and fairness in open science (UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science). ALLEA (The European Federation of Academies of Sciences and Humanities) stresses that “issues of equity and diversity need to be central to any discussion of how the scholarly communication system should be structured”. How do we ensure equity in the design of open science infrastructures – and how do we make them sustainable in the long run?

Open Science policies

Open Science policies are meant to promote and advance Open Science principles and practices, they can provide definitions, and set goals and guidelines for open science. Such policies are established and implemented by a wide range of stakeholders. From research funders Plan S initiative, and research institutions’ implementation of Rights Retention Strategies, to national policies, The EU’s Open Science policy, and international standards such as the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science. How are different levels of Open Science policies implemented and practiced? And do intended effects of such policies coincide with actual results?

Connecting the building blocks of Open Science

Open Science consists of many building blocks: open access, open data, open peer review, open educational resources, etc. A lot has been said about each building block, but how do the blocks connect? What is necessary for a better connection between them: technical innovations, changes in workflows, changes in research culture? What do we have to keep in mind as we try to improve the system of scholarly communication?

Conference background

The Munin Conference on Scholarly Publishing has a history going back to 2006. In connection with the official opening of Munin, the institutional repository of the University of Tromsø, two seminars were arranged. The first was in September marking the launch of Munin, the second was held in the end of November, looking at the effects of the Norwegian system for financing institutions in part based upon the publishing volume (and quality) of the institutions. This last seminar has evolved into the annual Munin conference.

In the years following 2006, the Munin Conference was held in Norwegian, often having a Norwegian focus, but gradually looking further and losing the local focus. From 2010 on the conference has been held in English only. This all-English policy has enabled keynotes and other speakers to participate fully in the whole program, and to make Europe, not only Norway, the “market” for the conference.

Themes for the conferences have always been some aspect of scholarly/scientific publishing and communication, with “open” as an important aspect. See the list of our keynotes since the start in 2006 and the Archive for conference material from 2010.

The Munin audience has partly been librarians working on OA and publishing issues from higher education libraries from the whole of Norway, partly research administrators from the same institutions, partly researchers and students from UiT The Arctic University of Norway and – increasingly – librarians and research administrators from the Nordic countries and the rest of Europe. We would like to engage researchers to a larger extent than we have succeeded in doing so far – after all publishing is there to serve their needs – and to strengthen their participation in the conference.

The conference has an international advisory board. The organizing committee consists of research support staff at UiT: