'Thanks to the VSNU OA deals, I am able to publish Open Access in leading journals'

'My ambition is to publish Open Access in the best journal'

'I am always happy to make use of the VSNU's and VU Amsterdam's Open Access deals with publishers such as Springer and Frontiers', says Huub Maas, associate professor in Human Movement Sciences. 'I prefer publishing Open Access, but I also would like to select the journals that are the most suited to my field so as to make sure that I reach my target audience. My ambition is to publish Open Access in the best journal.'

Discount on Article Processing Costs thanks to VSNU OA deals
'Before I am about to publish, I always check the overview of the VSNU's and VU Amsterdam's Open Access deals on the University Library website to see whether there is a deal with the journal in which I want to publish. The website also tells you whether you're entitled to a discount on the Article Processing Costs (APCs). These days, I vary between Open Access and "regular" publications, because OA publishing usually involves APCs. Either I need to pay those APCs out of my own pocket (using my additional income from public lectures, for example) or I have to apply for a subsidy. As my department has no funds available for OA publishing, it is good to know that the VSNU's and VU Amsterdam's Open Access deals often give me a discount on the APCs – sometimes even up to 100%.'

Dr. Huub Maas, FGB, VU Dr. Huub Maas, FGB, VU

Available to anyone six months after publication, free of charge
Maas believes that publicly funded research should be accessible to everyone. 'The main thing for me is that research results are accessible to scientists in countries where research institutions do not have much money to spend on subscriptions to journals. At the moment, publishers overcharge for scientific publications written and reviewed by scientists. The APCs demanded by OA publishers are on the high side as well, in my opinion. I can't imagine why it should be this expensive. For this reason, I am taking part in the VSNU's Taverne project, as a result of which my articles become available for free to anyone six months after publication.'

We need to force Open Access
'In the US, the National Institute of Health has demanded for the last decade that research paid for by them should be available for free to everyone after twelve months. I'd like to see the Netherlands follow suit. My feeling is that we need to force Open Access publishing. Since the world of academia is very conservative, the fact that the EU is driving Open Access is a good thing.'

'Within the Neuromechanics department, many of my colleagues are increasingly publishing Open Access as well as increasingly publishing preprints. I haven't done so yet – I'm waiting to hear more about the experiences of others. I'm not sure whether there's any added value for me. Is it a good idea to put your research results out in the open without a peer review as a quality check?'

Sharing data
'I currently publish my research data when a publisher asks for them. Plos One, for example, demands that you publish your raw research data as well. Although I'm keen to share my data, there's a lot of work involved in converting your data into a useful format for others, for instance by using a systematic method of documentation. Moreover, scientists in my field often assess outcome measures slightly differently. As a result, I prefer sharing data on request, so you are in contact with the scientist directly and can explain how data were collected and analyzed.'

Would you like to make the publisher's version of your publications available to anyone after six months, free of charge? Read: Use your right to Open Access publication via the VU Research Portal

The article above was first published in VU-ZINE (18/2019), one of the VU newsletters.