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LIBER 2021 Session #11: Rocky Road: Opportunities & Challenges in Open Publishing

Rademakers, Jo; Köster, Massimo; Bracco, Laetitia; Nastase, Nicoleta; Belliard, Frédérique

These are the slides for the LIBER 2021 Session Rocky Road: Opportunities & Challenges in Open Publishing


This session will be chaired by Jo Rademakers, University Library Leuven, Belgium

  • Monitoring Open Science, Laetitia Bracco, University of Lorraine, France
  • Behavioral reluctance in adopting open access publishing: Insights from a goal-directed perspective, Massimo Köster, KU Leuven, Belgium, Agnes Moors, Research Group of Quantitative Psychology and Individual Differences, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium; 2: Center for Social and Cultural Psychology, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium, Jan De Houwer, Department of Experimental Clinical and Health Psychology, Ghent University, Ghent, Belgium, Tony Ross-Hellauer, Open and Reproducible Research Group, Graz University of Technology, Austria, Inge Van Nieuwerburgh, Ghent University Library, Ghent University, Ghent, Frederick Verbruggen, Department of Experimental Psychology Ghent University, Ghent , Belgium
  • The Evolving Scholar - Rethinking publishing, Nicoleta Nastase, Frédérique Belliard, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, Antonio Romero, Orvium, Spain, Roberto Rabasco, Orvium, Spain, Paul Suijker, Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands


In the first talk, Laetitia Bracco presents a steering tool to monitor the progress of Open Science within the scientific production of the University of Lorraine. Because the code used to develop this tool is freely accessible and reusable, and was designed in such a way as to allow simple and customizable reuse, any research institution can draw inspiration from it to build its own Monitor. This presentation will discuss the main conclusions of this work as well as the perspective considered for future development of the Monitor, which has already been used as a model by four other universities to publish their own.
The second presentation, by Massimo Köster, analyses the reluctance to publish in Open Access journals from the psychological perspective of individual researchers. He applies the goal-directed framework designed by Köster’s co-author to shed light on this type of behavioural reluctance and to organise and suggest possible interventions. They also list various factors that might contribute to behavioural reluctance in general and in the case of Open Access publishing, offering explanations for the reluctance to publish in OA journals. The discussion of each factor is followed by suggestions of potential intervention strategies to address the resulting reluctance.
Finally, Frédérique Belliard and Nicoleta Nastase discuss a new collaborative Open Access journal called The Evolving Scholar (ThES). Developed by TU Delft OPEN Publishing and Orvium (a CERN start-up), the mission of ThES orbits around researchers and their research outputs. Every research finding – negative or positive – deserves to be shared for the benefit of the scientific community and the general public; and every researcher matters regardless of the stage they are at in their career. One of the goals of ThES is to give more visibility and recognition to the non-classical form of publications and their authors. This interactive session intends to show the ThES workflow: submit, review, and publish in short-lived online collaboration.

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