Open access @ Universiteit Leiden

Open access @ Universiteit Leiden

August 21, 2019 0 By Stanley Isaacs


Open access is a way of scientific publishing. Open access is important to scientists like us,
because it gives the opportunity to… create much more impact and
influence with your publications. It’s not just your colleagues who read your work,
it’s the whole world. It has a lot of advantages.
It’s very easy to do with modern technology. You’re findable everywhere, everyone can use your work and that is exactly what we see happening. When you’re interested in doing research
on a particular subject… it’s useful to know who is working in that field. Open access is important for the university,
for scientists and for governments. It’s about visibility of our researchers and our university, also in the rankings. This way we make sure that our government and other European governments get value for money. So they don’t have to pay for our research once again. Recently we published a mathematical model… with which we can predict the concentration
of substances in the human brain. We get a lot of response of people who want
to do something with the model. Open access isn’t something that stands alone. It’s part of the bigger open science movement… in which scientists collaborate
with each other much more easily. By disclosing our data, we were noticed
by a team of scientists in Shanghai. We weren’t in touch with them. As it turned out,
they were working on similar cases. So we met and we continued the research as a team. I would certainly recommend other scientists
to publish their work open access. I think the university should help researchers
more with open access publishing. So that we know how to publish open access
and what is suitable for open access. Scientists who have questions about
open access can come to us. For example questions about
the impact of their publications…. choosing open access magazines to publish in… using the Leiden Repository. We notice an increase in the number of questions
about open access in the last two years. I want to emphasize that all Leiden scientists are welcome at the Centre for Digital Scholarship. From 2020 we should only publish open access,
university-wide. It’s good to mention that open access
can be achieved in different ways… but ultimately it comes down to
the availability of our research results to all. Questions about open access?
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