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For Researchers

Practice-based research is becoming increasingly important at AUAS. See the tools of the Library and get in touch with us if you have any questions about publishing.

Frequently asked questions by researchers

Managing your research data properly has many advantages, for yourself, your knowledge centre, your discipline and society.

Research data management (RDM) prevents you from losing your research data or no longer understanding what is in your datafile. RDM enhances the integrity and impact of your research, as well as the reuse of research data.

For more information and questions

Would you like to have more information about RDM or are you interested in how best to manage your research data? Visit the RDM website of the UvA/AUAS Library. There is a figshare in place for storing and sharing your data. Want to know more? Contact your data steward or RDM Support.

Open access means free, and free of charge, online access to academic information, such as publications and research data. Everyone is free to read, download, copy, distribute, print your publication or search within it, without any financial, technical or legal impediments.

The advantages of open access

By publishing in open access, researchers enhance their own visibility in the academic world and outside it. Research has shown that articles which are globally available free of charge are much more often downloaded and cited. Many open-access journals now have an impact factor. Open-access journals such as PLOS Biology have a high impact factor.

Besides, it is only fair that government-funded research should be accessible to anyone. Right now, access to articles in publishers’ databases is steeply priced.

In open-access publishing on a publisher’s platform, the author must pay the so-called article processing charges (APCs). The future will tell if publishing in open access also saves money.

Copyright also plays a part in open access. Ask your publisher to accept the sample licence developed by the Dutch universities. By this licence, you keep part of your author copyright as an academic author. This way, you can put the full text of your publication in open access on your personal page, in the UvA/AUAS repository or in the HBO Kennisbank. And you do not need permission to use your publication as teaching material.

What is the role of the library?

The Library supports open-access publishing. Do you have any questions about open access? Please, ask your research contact person.  

More information?

On the Openaccess.nl website, you’ll find far more information, for example on the pros and cons of open access publishingcopyright and open access and your role as an open-access researcher/author.

As a researcher you are often faced with questions about copyright:

  • Do I, as an AUAS researcher, have the copyright to my own publications?
  • Do I lose my copyright if I publish in open access?
  • What do I do if I wish to use someone else’s research data?
  • What is Creative Commons and how do I use it?

The answers to these questions, and more, can be found at the Library's Copyright Information Point

Researchers can register information about their publications and other research output in Pure.

If you want to publish your research, it is important to find an appropriate journal. What should you take into account when selecting a journal?

First, check out journals in the database Web of Science. When searching by subject (in Scopus under Sources, in Web of Science under Journal Citation Reports), you’ll find various journals. Values such as impactfactors help you determine the importance of a journal.

Then have a good look at the scope of a journal to see if your article fits in with it. Under scope, editors indicate on which topics they accept articles for their journal. Does the journal focus on fundamental research or rather not? Does the journal cover a very specific research area or rather a variety of areas?

Finally, you make an assessment. Do you go for a higher chance of being published or for high impact? A wider audience or a specific target group? And do you go for open access, as AUAS encourages?

Would you like us to help you answer these questions? Please, contact your research contact person.

Published by  HvA Library 23 May 2018