Open Access Lectures 2018

During the LOT Summer School 2018, there will be two lectures about Open Access publishing. On the 19th of June, the speaker will be Prof. Johan Rooryck; on the 26th of June, the speaker will be Jop de Vrieze. See below for more information about each lecture.

Open Access Lecture Week 1: Prof. Johan Rooryck - Towards Fair Open Access
19 June 2018, 13:15 – 14:15, Marie Loke room, Harmonie building - coffee and tea before the lecture

Open Access Lecture Week 2: Jop de Vrieze - Open Access, Open Science?
26 June 2018, 13:15 – 14:15, Marie Loke room, Harmonie building - coffee and tea before the lecture

Prof. Johan Rooryck: Towards Fair Open Access

In traditional publishing, journals are largely financed via subscription, with authors signing away their copyright. Traditional publishers often facilitate Open Access publication, but charge authors a flat and arbitrary fee that varies according to the perceived reputation of the journal. Under Fair Open Access, authors retain copyright and never pay for publication charges. Funders and library consortia pay publishers a reasonable and transparently structured fee for the publication of individual articles, which is unrelated to the journal reputation.

This talk will illustrate this model with a pilot project: Linguistics in Open Access, which has successfully flipped 4 linguistics journals to Fair Open Access with the help of the Association of Dutch Universities (VSNU) and the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO).


Johan Rooryck is a professor of French linguistics at Leiden University. He has been the Executive Editor of Lingua, one of the foremost linguistics journals, from 1999 to 2015. In 2015, he resigned from this role (together with the rest of the editorial team) after the publisher (Elsevier) refused to publish Lingua under conditions of Fair Open Access. The editorial team and board then went on to found the Fair Open Access journal Glossa. Prof. Rooryck is an active promoter of Fair Open Access and he is currently the president of Linguistics in Open Access and of the Fair Open Access Alliance.


Jop de Vrieze: Open Access, Open Science – have we entered a new era?

Open access to scientific publications has been a goal among many scientists and policy makers for over fifteen years. Recently, their work is starting to bear fruit and in particular the Netherlands is playing a leading role in this development. #Openscience is currently gaining momentum, with more journals requiring or giving opportunities for data sharing, registered reports and open peer review. Have we entered a new era of improved science? Will the current solutions stick and will they genuinely improve the scientific enterprise and the scientific knowledge it produces?


Jop de Vrieze is an Amsterdam-based science journalist. His articles have appeared in publications such as Science Mag, NRC, Intermediair, NWT Magazine and New Scientist (among others). In 2016 he received the Gold Award at the prestigious AAAS Kavli Science Journalism Awards in the category ‘large newspapers’. Recently, he authored a series of reportages for De Groene Amsterdammer about the challenges affecting scientists today. The series is titled Worstelende Wetenschap (Struggling Science) and can be read here.