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Open access ambassadors

Do you have questions on open access that are specific to your discipline? Contact one of our open access ambassadors at the UG-faculties.

Are you an enthusiastic and outspoken supporter of open access and open science and would you like to become an ambassador for your faculty or research institute?

Contact us for more information.


Casper Albers
Casper Albers

Casper Albers
Professor
Ambassador for the Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences

"The reason I took on this role is because I feel maximum transparency is a requirement for proper scientific practice. We are all paid for by taxpayer's money and, thus, the people should have the opportunity to see the results of our labour. Furthermore, we should all be held accountable for our work. With open access publishing, open data and open materials, our work no longer is a black box. This not only enables us to remove the bad apples from the fruit bowl, but also increases the trustworthiness of the work of the remaining fruit."


Canan Çakırlar
Canan Çakırlar

Canan Çakırla
Assistant Professor
Ambassador for Groningen Institute of Archaeology (GIA) at the Faculty of Arts

"I signed up to be an Ambassador for GIA because I am interested in fostering approaches that enhance the reproducibility and transparency of archaeological data and knowledge. I want researchers at GIA and beyond (including my collaborators in other institutions abroad or heritage workers) to think more thoroughly about the reproducibility of their data, and I would like professors to teach about the importance of open science by teaching it using active learning methods."


Matt Coler
Matt Coler

Matt Coler
Assistant Professor & Research Programme Manager
Ambassador for Campus Fryslân

"I believe that knowledge developed in universities should be freely accessible to everyone, not hidden behind paywalls or commodified. Scientific knowledge should be public. My faculty, Campus Fryslân, is the newest faculty at the University and so is open to taking a fresh approach towards open access. I became an Ambassador to promote them in this mission."


Vera Heininga
Vera Heininga

Vera Heininga
Postdoctoral researcher
Ambassador for the Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences (UG) and the Interdisciplinary Center Psychopathology and Emotion Regulation (ICPE) of the UMCG

"I am an enthusiastic interdisciplinary postdoc with good communication skills, and strong motivation to advocate Open Science practices. In my research, I pre-register my confirmatory analyses a priori (e.g., on OSF); use Open Workflow Tools (e.g., R Markdown); make my data and annotated syntaxes publicly available (e.g., via Code Ocean); and publish in open access journals. As an open access ambassador, I feel better equipped to help colleagues who are curious with regards to open access publishing but have little to no experience in doing so."


Robert Inklaar
Robert Inklaar

Robert Inklaar
Professor
Ambassador for the Faculty of Economics and Business

"Too often, research is considered done when it is up on a publisher’s website, often behind a paywall that excludes most outside academia and even many inside. Yet as researchers, I feel that it is our duty to ensure that our research is widely available and easily accessible. A duty to all those others who may benefit, but also to ourselves, to reach the widest audience possible for our research. Working towards open access will be an important step to fulfilling that duty."


Marijke Leliveld
Marijke Leliveld

Marijke Leliveld
Assistant Professor, Member of the Young Academy Groningen
Ambassador for the Faculty of Economics and Business

"I believe it is the responsibility of policy makers as well as of the scientific community at large to critically reflect on the status quo of the current publication process. Personally, I feel it is based too much on how the process "used to be" and that there is ample room for improvement with current technologies. We need to actively spur this discussion and being open access ambassador can be beneficial in that."


Panos Merkouris
Panos Merkouris

Panos Merkouris
Tenure Track Professor of Public International Law
Chair in Interpretation & Dispute Settlement in International Law
Ambassador for the Faculty of Law

"Articles, research and information being available only through subscriptions to costly and, by consequence de facto inaccessible to the vast majority of the public, databases, offers nothing more than perpetuate the stereotype of academics residing in their ivory towers. Open Access helps tear down this mythos, and enhances the discussion and engagement not merely with other academics, but with policy makers and the general public. As an open access ambassador, I hope to contribute to this gradual shift towards increased Open Access publication."

Daan Ornée
Daan Ornée

Daan Ornée
PhD student
Ambassador for the Department of Psychiatry of the UMCG

"Scientific knowledge should be available to everyone. Therefore I am a strong advocate of Open Science practices, making science transparent, reproducible and accessible. Open Access is an important step towards that goal, and as open access ambassador I hope to contribute to making Open Access publishing standard practice."


Noemi Peter
Noemi Peter

Noémi Peter
Assistant Professor
Ambassador for the Faculty of Economics and Business

"I think that researchers should have an active role in the discussion about open access. I find the accessibility of research results important. I find the quality of research and academic freedom even more important. Thus, I support measures which aim to increase accessibility without hurting academic freedom and the quality of research. For this reason I advocate self-archiving, a.k.a. green open access. This form of open access means that researchers make a copy of their manuscript available online."


Lorenzo Squintani
Lorenzo Squintani

Lorenzo Squintani
Senior Lecturer
Ambassador for the Faculty of
Law

"Science is of mankind not of scientists: all publications coming from scientists should be open access as internal and external dialectic processes are essential to develop science."


Titus Stahl
Titus Stahl

Titus Stahl
Assistant Professor
Ambassador for the Faculty of Philosophy

"The transition towards open access can only be achieved collectively. Therefore, scholars should join forces and take back control over the publication process. Open access allows scholars to contribute to democratic debates without limitations and the transition towards scholar-run open access journals strengthens academic freedom and researchers’ independence."

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