For an academic, publishing work is very important. It makes his/her research accessible and measurable for the entire world.
Since the beginning of this century, an Open Access (OA) movement has been active that under the slogan “Bring back to science what comes from science” seeks to make research truly accessible to the entire world.
Up to now, publishers of information online have used licences to prevent material from being accessible outside university campuses (for which university libraries, incidentally, pay millions).
TU Delft and OA
In 2004 TU Delft joined the OA movement by signing ‘The Berlin Declaration’. This is the university’s way of communicating the importance it attaches to OA.
TU Delft Library has been asked to promote publication in OA as much as possible.
Detailed information about OA can be found on our website.
Authors and prospective authors often ask why OA is important and in particular what added value it can offer them. There are arguments that are important for the TU as a whole and arguments that are important for the academics themselves.
• OA is an important movement that is supported across the world and is based on a principle of justice: the results of research that is funded with public money must be accessible for that entire community.
• More and more subsidy providers (including the NWO) are making it compulsory for research that is realised with their support to be published in OA.
TU Delft argument:
• It increases the visibility of TU Delft’s academic output in the world.
Arguments for academic staff:
• It often increases the author’s visibility and can result in a higher citation score (certainly in the form of “enhanced publication”, which means for example the possibility of clicking through to related research data).
An example of a successful transformation of a paper journal into an online OA journal can be found at the CEG Faculty.
The citation score of the Hess journal (chief editor: Hubert Savenije) rose from 1.2 to almost 2.5 after the journal was transformed into an Open Access Journal. Read more about this on the homepage.
Not only articles and books but also conference proceedings, visual materials and research data can be published in OA.
In the next issue there will be more information on the research data that we as TU Delft Library assign a DOI (digital object identifier), and that we save and archive in the 3TU.Datacentrum.
Open Access week 2011
The international Open Access week will take place from 24 to 28 October. At TU Delft, too, we intend to give this plenty of attention. In the context of these Open Access weeks, TU Delft Library and TU Delft OpenCourseWare are offering scientists and lecturers a wide range of opportunities to investigate what Open Access can mean for them. More info on the program
Text: Anke Versteeg