Open or closed? Which availability to choose for your dissertation

Sometimes, researchers ask us to close off access to a dissertation that had initially been made available in Open Access through our institutional repository Lirias. The main motivation for this is the fear that publishers won’t be willing to publish the material if it can already be freely consulted online. This fear stems from a general anxiety that characterizes the dissertation process: the idea that developing your dissertation is still something you mainly do alone, without publicly sharing too many…

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Libraries and Diamond Open Access

The following is the redacted text of a statement given by Demmy Verbeke at the “The Diamond Open Access Model: what impact on research?” webinar organized by Academia Europaea Cardiff, KU Leuven Libraries and the Young Academy of Europe on March 28, 2022.  Academic libraries have a responsibility in the context of Diamond Open Access on at least two levels. For more than a decade now, librarians worldwide have played a role in promoting OA, explaining the various options to…

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Think.Check.Submit: new checklist for books

Finding a good publishing venue is crucial for anyone wishing to share the results of their research. Think.Check.Submit offers a number of practical resources to identify qualitive and trustworthy publishers. In doing so, they aim to help researchers to make an informed decision about where to publish and promote research integrity. In addition to the checklist for journals, they have now expanded their recommendations to include books and chapters. If you can answer yes to all, or most, questions then…

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