The 6th Munin conference 22-23 November 2011 – Enhancing publications


  • Jan Erik Frantsvåg


The most important annual conference on scientific publishing in Norway, the Munin Conference, is staged each year in November by the University of Tromsø Library. This year’s conference is scheduled to take place Tuesday 22. and Wednesday 23. November. A key theme this year is “enhancing publications”, meaning any kind of extra services surrounding the publishing of scientific articles. Making available research data is one important issue to be focused.

The conference has two keynote speakers:

- Cameron Neylon, Senior Scientist in Biomolecular Sciences at the Science and Technology Facilities Council (STFC), UK

- Martin Rasmussen, director, Copernicus Publications

Cameron Neylon has done a lot of work on the issue of modern scientific publishing. He will give a presentation with the following title: “I need to publish more and read less! How new platforms will enable you to publish more effectively while reducing information overload”. Cameron Neylon will discuss new tools and new possibilities in the publishing process, and also new possibilities for scholars’ in their process of sorting out what they should and need not read.

Martin Rasmussen’s presentation has the title “Ensuring Availability and Quality of Research Data through Open Access and Public Peer-Review”. Copernicus is doing interesting things on Open Access to research data. Furthermore, their journal Earth System Science Data has an innovative interactive public peer-review, which also will be demonstrated and discussed by Martin Rasmussen.

Several more speakers and issues are covered by this year’s Munin Conference. This year the conference for the first time announced a call for presentations and posters, which resulted in contributions on various topics, within the issue of scientific publishing.

The day after the conference, Thursday 24. November, the University of Tromsø will host a national open access workshop day, primarily for people working with open archives and open access publishing in Norway. This may also become an annual event.

Please visit the conference website at for more information, and to register for the conference.