Increasing visibility for Open Access publications
The open access (OA) movement continues to make great strides in reshaping the established parameters for scientific communication and access to scholarly information. Even traditional publishers have begun to seek out ways of adapting to this rapidly shifting landscape. At the heart of the OA movement is the aim of removing barriers to information, so that research can be freely accessible by everyone. Openly available research helps accelerate the pace at which advances in research may be made, both within and across the boundaries of specific fields, and sparks public dialogue rooted in the latest findings on a given issue. But how visible is open access really? Establishing the infrastructure to make scholarly information freely accessible has been critical to getting open access on its feet, but where does it go from here? Is research that is neither easily discovered nor readily understood by most people actually “open”?
ScienceOpen and OpenD organize a Panel Discussion about the OA landscape
ScienceOpen and the new open access publication platform for dissertations, OpenD, have organized a Berlin Science Week event to discuss the above themes and more. This event gathers a panel of industry insiders who will discuss best practices for making research stand out in an open-access landscape. This panel discussion will examine ways of building on open access to enhance the discoverability, visibility, and comprehensibility of research for specialists and nonspecialists alike with the goal of more broadly redefining the concept of “openness” anchored within the OA movement. This event will take place over Zoom on November 2nd at 16:00 CET. Go here to register. We hope you will be able to join us, and we look forward to seeing you there!
Meet the Panelists
Stephanie Dawson, ScienceOpen CEO
Stephanie Dawson grew up in northern California, studied Biology at Yale University and received a PhD in German Literature from the University of Washington. She spent over 10 years at the academic publisher De Gruyter in Berlin in the fields of biology and chemistry in both journals and book publishing. In 2013, she joined ScienceOpen as managing director.
Russell Alt-Haaker, Product Manager for OpenD
In 2019, Russell Alt-Haaker joined DUZ Academic Publishers, where he manages OpenD—an open-access dissertation publication and science communication platform. He is responsible for helping to raise the profile of young scholars and their research in a growing OA landscape. Russell earned his PhD in Germanic Languages and Literatures from Washington University in St. Louis and also lectures on German-Jewish literature and identity at Humboldt-Universität.
Christina Riesenweber, Organizational Development
Dr. Christina Riesenweber is currently managing a change project at the university library of Freie Universität Berlin. She has previously worked in the fields of open access advocacy, open science and in academic publishing.
Agata Morka, European Coordinator of Open Access Book Publishing
Agata Morka holds a PhD in Architectural History from the University of Washington, where she completed her dissertation on contemporary French train stations. For the past nine years, she has been working with OA books. As the European Coordinator for Open Access Books at Open Books Publishers, she is responsible for coordinating efforts between two European projects focusing on OA monographs: the OPERAS-P and the COPIM projects.
Erzébet Tóth-Czifra, Open Science Officer
Erzsébet works as the Open Science Officer of DARIAH-EU, where she is responsible for fostering and implementing policies and practices related to the open dissemination of research results in the humanities. She received her PhD in Cultural Linguistics and also has a background in scholarly communication.
More about our Partner OpenD
OpenD is a new open-access publication platform for dissertations from Berlin-based DUZ Academic Publishers. Through a variety of different promotional features, OpenD seeks to redefine open access by making academic research more visible and comprehensible to a wider audience, including people from outside the academic community. The platform therefore offers the next generation of scientists and scholars an effective stage on which to present their findings to society at large and to engage in discussion with peers and the public alike.