Involving the voice of researchers in Open Access debate

12 April 2016

Researchers should have a stronger voice in the open access debate, according to the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW). In this context the KNAW published 21 interviews with researchers on what they think of open access. The majority of the interviewed researchers agrees that open access must benefit both research and society.

José van Dijck, President of the KNAW, believes that the EU must engage scientists and scholars as much as possible in open access publishing. Therefore the KNAW published the bookletOpening the book on open access’. The KNAW wants to increase the involvement of researchers in the debate on open access. So far this debate has been mostly about what university administrators, librarians, government, funding organizations and publishers think, according to Van Dijck.

The Dutch Presidency
Open access is also an important topic during the Dutch EU Presidency, as the Open Science conference of 4 and 5 April in Amsterdam demonstrated. During her key note speech, Van Dijck mentioned her wish to shift the focus more towards researchers. Van Dijck reiterated her position on Open Science in a column on the website of Neth-ER.  

21 researchers talking
The 21 researchers, who were interviewed for the booklet, agree that the open access principle (in whatever ultimate form) must benefit research and society. The researchers think that academic knowledge should be available to everyone, also to people outside the research field, and that it should be comprehensible for everyone in society. The KNAW selected seven members of the Academy’s learned society, seven members of The Young Academy, and seven young researchers (PhD candidates and postdocs) from the Academy’s institutes.

Meer informatie
Publication KNAW: Opening the book on open acces: What researchers think
Article Neth-ER: Open Science: Action with caution
Article Neth-ER: The Amsterdam Call for Action on Open Science  

Read more about: 

Sign up for our newsletter

Keep up with our latest news.

Need more info ?

Ask your question to one of our collaborators

Refresh Type the characters you see in this picture. Type the characters you see in the picture; if you can't read them, submit the form and a new image will be generated. Not case sensitive.  Switch to audio verification.

Related articles

Open Access: What’s next?

What did the recent attention for Open Access by the Netherlands Presidency deliver? And how to implement the goal of 100% Open Access of publications by 2020 in member states? Over fifty...

Read more

The Amsterdam Call for Action in Open Science

The Amsterdam Call for Action on Open Science is published. A wide array of stakeholders, both at the Open Science conference in Amsterdam and at the Neth-ER seminar in Brussels, has delivered input...

Read more

Open science: Action with caution

The open science ‘Amsterdam’ action agenda speaks for itself: scientists should be ready to embrace open access and open data as part of an open science agenda for Europe. This is a bold journey...

Read more

An Open Science Action Agenda: from Vision to Action

'From Vision to Action' was the motto of the Open Science debate at the premises of Neth-ER on 20 January. Over 60 European stakeholders exchanged ideas that will feed into a new European...

Read more