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Benefits of Open Access to Early Career Researchers

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FOSTER presentation at Trieste, Italy, 7 July 2015. Empowering graduate students: science dissemination and science communication “in the open”

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Benefits of Open Access to Early Career Researchers

  1. 1. Benefits of Open Access to Early Career Researchers Nancy Pontika, PhD CORE Open University Email: nancy.pontika[at]open.ac.uk Twitter: @nancypontika Universita Degli Studi Di Trieste, 7 July 2015
  2. 2. What is publishing? • Process of making information available to the general public. “Publish or perish” • Traditionally, this is achieved by engaging with a publisher – resulting in the publication of a journal article, book chapter or book. • Using a publisher is still the most common way of disseminating the results of research. • Universities also offer means of making research available – (e.g. Open Access Repositories) • There are means of ‘self-publishing’.
  3. 3. Publishing process • A manuscript is submitted to the publisher (pre-print) • Reviewed internally by editorial staff • Peer reviewed - normally externally, by one or more expert academics (post-print) • Academic publishers conduct external, independent peer- review, which lends authority and prestige • Production – of the final PDF/Print Copy (publisher’s final version) • Publication of the paper
  4. 4. Using a publisher – considerations • Which publication would you be publishing in? Is it well respected? • What publications do staff and students read? What do(n’t) they like about them? Opinions can be based on personal taste. • Does the journal have an Impact Factor or other indicator of prestige? • What are the acceptance rates? Are you being realistic about where you are pitching your article? • What is the nature of the agreement you have to sign with them? Will you be able to retain any rights? • Is it a commercial publisher or a society publisher? Or both? • Do you need to obtain permissions for 3rd party copyright? Your publisher should guide you on this.
  5. 5. How does publishing work? • A manuscript is submitted to the publisher • Reviewed internally • Peer reviewed - normally externally • Production – of the final PDF/Print Copy • Publication of the paper
  6. 6. Publishing qualities REGISTRATION CERTIFICATION AWARENESS ARCHIVING Intellectual Property Research validity certification Research accessibility assurance Research Output preservation for future use
  7. 7. How open access applies REGISTRATION CERTIFICATION AWARENESS ARCHIVING Intellectual Property Research validity certification Research accessibility assurance Research Output preservation for future use
  8. 8. Research Idea Receives funding Research Conduction Publication Research Cycle
  9. 9. Who conducts research?
  10. 10. How much does it cost to access it?
  11. 11. Eventually who can really access it?
  12. 12. What can I do as an early career researcher to show my research work to the world?
  13. 13. It is not as difficult as you may think… • Publish in open access journals • Deposit (self-archive) into a repository (institutional or disciplinary/subject) • Deposit your data in a data repository • Identify yourself and your work • Use social media to create a research societal impact
  14. 14. Publish in open access journals But doesn’t it cost authors a lot of money to publish in open access journals! Source: http://www.slideshare.net/rossmounce/oa4-ecr Cost – free Fee waivers Low cost – high quality
  15. 15. Publish in open access journals What about predatory journals? Source: http://www.slideshare.net/rossmounce/oa4-ecr
  16. 16. Deposit into a repository Where can I find one? Who can help me locate them? Universita Degli Studi Di Trieste Institutional Repository Disciplinary Repositories – http://oad.simmons.edu
  17. 17. Deposit data http://oad.simmons.edu Research Conduction Research Data Publication What is the big deal with opening data and sharing lately?
  18. 18. Identify yourself and your work How many people have my name?
  19. 19. Use social media Like Twitter, Facebook, Blogs? Is this acceptable for researchers? Your research project I open my research data I publish in open access journals I deposit in open repositories I use social media to share it with the world
  20. 20. Grazie! Domande?

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