How to fill the information gap: Open Access for the social sciences and humanities

Keywords: open access, research support, OPERAS

Abstract

Researchers not actively seeking information about Open Access and scholars who are not actively informed by their institutions might be concerned about publishing Open Access due to lack of information. Questions such as “Why is Open Access necessary and what do I gain?”, “What happens to my rights as an author?”, and “Why was I not told about this discount before I paid the full APC from my project fund?” might come up. This workshop is directed at representatives of research organizations and universities (e.g. Open Access offices, project coordinators, and interested researchers) on the topic of helping researchers finding answers to these questions and advocating for Open Access in the humanities and social sciences. The workshop seeks to discuss aspects that have been identified by participants priorly as most pressing to discuss.

For any questions, please don’t hesitate contacting Elisabeth Ernst and Judith Schulte (communication@operas-eu.org)

OPERAS is the European Research Infrastructure for open scholarly communication in the social sciences and humanities. Its Special Interest Group on “Advocacy” works on topics related to the communication and advocating of Open Access in the social sciences and humanities and of those disciplines.

Author Biographies

Elisabeth Ernst, Max Weber Stiftung

Elisabeth Ernst is Digital Humanities Officer at the Max Weber Stiftung (MWS) and Communication Officer for the European research infrastructure OPERAS. She has coordinated the participation of MWS in the projects OPERAS-D and HIRMEOS and leads the OPERAS Advocacy Working Group. With a background in economics and literature, she was previously involved in infrastructure projects at UNCTAD.

Judith Schulte, Max Weber Stiftung

Dr. Judith Schulte is Digital Humanities Officer at the Max Weber Stiftung (MWS) and Communication Officer for the European research infrastructure OPERAS. She coordinates the participation of MWS in the projects OPERAS-P and TRIPLE. She has previously coordinated digital publications and the cooperation of MWS with Forum Transregionale Studien. She has studied art history and information science and acquired her PhD in art history with a scholarship of the a.r.t.e.s. Graduate School of the Humanities Cologne.

Marlen Töpfer, Max Weber Stiftung

Marlen Töpfer is Digital Humanities Officer at the Max Weber Stiftung (MWS) and Communication Officer for OPERAS-GER, operating as a national node of the research infrastructure OPERAS in Germany. She works to enhance links between OPERAS and members of the German scientific landscape. Previously, she worked at the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) in various positions, most recently as a senior project manager for the online campaign „Study in Germany – Land of Ideas“. Her background includes degrees in art history, musicology, media studies and literature.

Published
2020-10-05