KNAW open access dialog 'Publish open access or perish?'

6 February 2013 from 13:00 to 17:00 hrs
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Publish open access or perish? – that is the main issue for the KNAW open access dialog, a combination of a symposium and a workshop.

After an introduction by Cameron Neylon (PLoS) and Martin Rasmussen (Copernicus Publications), participants will discuss several statements relating to open access of publications, in both small groups and in a plenary session. The aim of this KNAW open access dialog is to raise awareness of open access by discussing controversial statements. In this way, advantages and disadvantages of the various publication models as well as do's and don'ts will be considered.

Discussion statements

The following statements will be discussed:

  • Access (open as well as toll access) is not a problem for scientists, but for institutions.
  • Open access is a problem for the humanities and social sciences created by the natural sciences.
  • The author-pays model leads to lower quality, because it is in the financial interest of an open access journal or publisher to publish as much as possible.
  • Toll access publishers no longer have any place in the digital era.
  • Open access and toll access publishing are not so much about publishing, but rather about the business model and the economics behind academic publishing.



12:30 p.m.

Lunch (optional)

1:00 p.m.

Introduction by Eveline Crone

1:10 p.m.

Cameron Neylon

1:50 p.m.

Martin Rasmussen

2:30 p.m.

Coffee and tea break

3:00 p.m.

Break-out sessions to discuss the statements

4:00 p.m.

Plenary session with a debate to discuss the statements, moderated by Eveline Crone

5:00 p.m.


During the debate, people who agree with a statement are invited to go to one side of the room and those who do not agree to go to the other side. The moderator asks participants for their opinion, formulated in such a way that it convinces the other side. Throughout the debate, participants may move from one side of the room to the other whenever they are convinced to do so. 

The target audience is researchers. You are expected to be an active participant by contributing to the discussions and the final debate.

About the speakers

Cameron Neylon is Advocacy Director for the Public Library of Science, a research biophysicist and well known agitator for opening up the process of research. He speaks regularly on issues of open science including open access publication, open data, and open source, as well as the wider technical and social issues of applying the opportunities the internet brings to the practice of science. He was named as a SPARC Innovator in July 2010 for work on the Panton Principles and is a proud recipient of the Blue Obelisk for contributions to open data. He writes regularly at his blog, Science in the Open (

Martin Rasmussen has been managing director of Copernicus Publications since 2004 ( Being a hydrologist, he worked in system analysis and modelling, specialized in soil water movement, before joining the publishing scene. He is co-founder of the international association of open access publishers OASPA, speaks regularly at conferences on open access publishing and open data, and provides workshops for librarians and stakeholders. Copernicus publishes 30 peer-reviewed open access journals and 14 access-reviewed scientific discussion forums. Being open access since 2001, Copernicus was one of the first professional publishers establishing open access as a sustainable business model. Applying the concept of public peer-review, Copernicus fosters transparent and efficient scientific quality assurance.

Eveline Crone is a full professor at Leiden University and at the University of Amsterdam. Since 2005, she has been head of the Brain & Development Laboratory ( in which approximately 15 researchers investigate how children and adolescents make decisions and how this relates to brain development. Her research has received many awards, including a top achievement award from the Dutch network for Women in Science, the Award for Science and Communication in the Netherlands, and the Early Career Award from the Society for Psychophysiological Research in Boston. She has published more than 70 articles in scientific journals and two books, and her work is well cited. In the past years, she has organized and chaired several debates.

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