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Why No One is Reading Your Open-Access Publications and How to Fix That – A Conversation for Researchers, Publishers, and Entrepreneurs

DUZ Verlags- und Medienhaus, Open Science | Russell Alt-Haaker, Christina Riesenweber, Agata Morka, Erzsébet Tóth-Czifra, Stephanie Dawson

Industry insiders discuss best practices for making research stand out in an open-access landscape.

The open-access movement continues to make great strides in reshaping the established parameters for scientific communication and access to scholarly information. Even backers of traditional publishing models have begun to seek out ways of adapting to this rapidly shifting landscape. At the heart of this movement is the aim of providing both researchers and the general public with free access to content, thus accelerating the pace at which advances in research may be made both within and across the boundaries of specific fields as well as sparking public dialogue rooted in the latest findings on a given issue.

But how visible is open access? 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”? 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.

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Russell Alt-Haaker

DUZ Verlags- und Medienhaus

Product Manager for OpenD – Open-Access Dissertation Publication Platform

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

University Library, Freie Universität Berlin

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

Open Book Publishers

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.

Erzsébet Tóth-Czifra

DARIAH-EU

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.

Stephanie Dawson

ScienceOpen

CEO

Stephanie Dawson, CEO ScienceOpen, 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.

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