ZPID presents "PAYWALL - The Business of Scholarship"


About the film

"PAYWALL - The Business of Scholarship" 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. 

Screening and panel discussion

Panelists in Berlin

  • Jason Schmitt, Producer and Director of the Film
  • Rafael Ball, Director of ETH-Library at ETH Zurich
  • Steffi Pohl, Junior Professor of Methods and Evaluation/Quality Assurance, Freie Universität Berlin
  • Lyubomir Penev, Managing Director and Founder of Pensoft Publishers
  • Michael Bosnjak, ZPID Director (panel moderator)

Panelists in Munich

  • Jason Schmitt, Producer and Director of the Film
  • Michael Bosnjak, ZPID Director 
  • TBA

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Contact person

Bianca Weber
Public Relations

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