“Educate all participants of the scholarly communication system on Open Access”Name: Ivana Hebrang Grgić
Position: Assistant Professor
Expertise: scholarly communication, library history, library collections
Institution: University of Zagreb, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, Department of Information and Communication Sciences
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ORCID ID: 0000-0001-6709-9939
An interview with Ivana Hebrang Grgić on 17 January 2016
What got you interested in Open Access (OA) originally?
It was in 2007 when, working on my PhD thesis, I decided to investigate the state of OA in Croatia, comparing it to the global OA movement.
What Open Access activities are you currently involved in?
I am also a member of the programme committee of the PubMet conference (for 2015’s programme, see here), a conference on scholarly publishing that includes Open Access-related topics. Furthermore, the University of Zagreb organises various events, workshops and round tables on Open Access (not only during OA week) and I am usually involved, either in programme committees or as an invited speaker.
I also publish on the topic of Open Access. Most recently I edited a book about Croatian scientific journals that includes chapters on Open Access.
Why, in your opinion, do we need Open Access to research?
“Preventing access to scientific information opposes the world we believe we live in – a world of tolerance and human rights.”
Today, in my opinion, OA is the only fair model, especially for publishing results of publicly-funded research.
When I explain Open Access to a non-scientist, I use an example from the field of health and medicine. If a patient in an undeveloped country is suffering from a curable disease, he/she could die if the given doctor does not have access to the newest research results … all due to the unavailability of scientific information. Preventing access to scientific information opposes the world we believe we live in – a world of tolerance and human rights.
Can Open Access have a positive effect on research careers?
What can scholars and/or administration do to promote openness to research?
What are the challenges with OA advocacy?
Another challenge is openness in the peer-review process. New ways of peer-review, especially open peer-review, are increasingly being experimented with. Some editors and some peer-reviewers and authors still meet with this with some scepticism.
I would conclude by saying that the main challenges involve carrying out strong quality control of OA publications, as evaluated, high-quality information should be the essence of scholarly communication.
What still needs to be done to get more Open Access to research?
As the OA movement is relatively new, it constantly meets with new problems that have to be solved. The biggest problem at the moment is the group of questionable publishers, and we need new mechanisms to detect them. …Open Data is a very important topic. Scholars and the wider public still do not know enough about the importance of sharing data. Open Data could be very beneficial to researchers and their careers, but also for the advancement of science and, thus, society in general.
Copyright: Ivana Hebrang Grgić, University of Zagreb. Creative Commons CC-BY Licence
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