We continue our series of interviews with the first round of ScienceOpen authors with a specific focus on Open Access publishing and graduate student authors. We’re delighted to welcome students like Patrick Drawe ( https://www.scienceopen.com/user/patrickdrawe/biography ), who has co-authored the paper „The elastic modulus of isolated polytetrafluoroethylene filaments“ with Nils Lüttschwager and Martin Suhm (profiled here: http://goo.gl/N3h1oX ) to our Research + Publishing Network.
Patrick Drawe has been a graduate student in the Department of Technical and Macromolecular Chemistry within the Institute for Physical Chemistry at the Georg-August-Universität in Göttingen, Germany since 2012. His masters thesis is entitled „Controlled radical RAFT-polymerization from carbon-black surfaces,“ and his current research explores the kinetics of radical polymerization in aqueous solution.
–Tell me your thoughts on Open Access publishing in the sciences.
The work I published as co-author is basically the output of my bachelor thesis. Now, I am doing my PhD in a different working group and I was really happy that my advisor at that time decided to publish my results. This was the first time I heard about ScienceOpen and the concept of Open Access publishing. During my literature research on my current research topic I sometimes got to the point where I didn’t have direct access to the article/journal containing information that could help me to understand my results or to solve a problem. This is somehow annoying and Open Access publishing might be a chance to help young scientists, granting them the possibility to exchange ideas with other interested scientists without this financial barrier.
– Why did you decide to publish this work with your co-authors at ScienceOpen in Open Access format?
Our results seem to fit your platform because it is an unconventional road to understand mechanical properties from a more fundamental point of view. We wanted to determine the elastic properties of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE, an important synthetic polymer) via Rama spectroscopy by the investigation of the longitudinal acoustic motion of perfluorinated chain molecules, which are simply spoken polytetrafluoroethylene molecules with a very low chain length. I am now working in the field of kinetics of radical polymerizations and it’s remarkable to see that in this case the elastic modulus seems not to change much with increasing chain length. At this point I have to note that small chain length are not easy accessible using conventional radical polymerization techniques. At ScienceOpen, we can address physicists, material and polymer scientists at the same time, who are interested in the fundamentals of material properties, as well as spectroscopists who are interested in the technique itself. We look forward to constructive criticism from scientists from spectroscopic, material science, soft matter and polymer communities and of cause we can discuss all helpful remarks.
–Also, can you speak to the importance of Open Access for students and junior scholars in particular? Do you think your generation of scientists have a responsibility to turn the tide?
I think especially for young scientists who start doing research it is important to have access to publications, which contain useful information to become familiar with their new research topic. The more publications, the better, because all kind of information are helpful to get a feeling for the important questions. In this particular case, your online portal would be really helpful, because it provides open access to publications and the possibility for direct discussion as well. Furthermore, with information exchanged easily on the internet, open access publishing might become more and more popular.