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October 15, 2020

Meet our Open Science Champions!

By Daan Rutten

During the Open Access Week (19-25 October), every day an Open Science Champion will be nominated by LIS Research Support.

Normally, LIS Research Support and the Open Science Community would have organized various events on open science and open access during the Open Access Week, but the current Covid-19 situation makes this impossible. Nonetheless we decided that it is now even more important to create awareness for open science and to acknowledge all the good work done by various TiU researchers in this respect. Open and accessible science, publishing and education is even more a necessity these days when universities and libraries are closed or almost unreachable for many. Therefore the most active and creative open science frontrunners of 2020 will be put in the limelight and will be rewarded with the title Open Science Champion 2020.

If you want to get to know our Open Science Champions, keep an eye on the Twitter account of the Open Science Community Tilburg, @OpenTilburg.


August 13, 2020

Open Journal Matcher

By Richard Broekman

(This contribution is part of our Spotted series. We appreciate your comments.)

In our search for possibly interesting tools and development, we came across Open Journal Matcher. Its approach is simple: enter an abstract and it returns the five open access journals that are most likely to publish related articles.

Screenshot of Open Journal MatcherWhy use this? Well, perhaps you are looking for an Open Access journal to publish your new article in. This way you have five candidates. Possibly even journals you never heard of before.

You can use it for (literature) research as well. Enter the abstract of a top article in your field of interest and see which Open Access journals it returns. Then check out those journals to see what else they publish in this area.

There are some limitations: Open Journal Matcher works for English language abstracts only, and it searches OA journals that are listed in DOAJ (Directory of Open Access Journals).

The software for Open Journal Matcher is written by Mark Eaton and is open source. If you end up improving or expanding the functionality, we would love to hear about it.

This application searches DOAJ journals only and is not associated with any particular publisher. Several commercial publishers offer a similar service to find matching journals from their portfolio. If you are interested in any of those, check out the journal matching solutions from Elsevier, Springer or Wiley.

Category: open access, Spotted

September 17, 2019

Join the Big Do-it-Yourself Publishing Event, October 22, 2019

By Marijke van der Ploeg

Some rogues and rebels among our Tilburg University researchers decided to circumvent the power of the established scientific system of truth-finding, publishing and reviewing, and to make a radical move towards ‘Open Science’ and ‘Open Access’. They started publishing their scientific papers by themselves. What can we learn from them? How can you join in? What does this all mean for the quality and truthfulness of academic publishing?

Join this do-it-your-self publishing event with a panel of self-publishing scholars who will share with the audience their views on self-publishing, open access, and the future of academic books, articles, and education.

  • Michiel de Jong helps scholars publish their own open textbooks at TU Delft.
  • Jan Blommaert and Ico Maly (both TSHD) will talk about their project focused on writing and producing Open Books.
  • Aaron Martin is a postdoc (TLS) and managing director of TechReg, a brand-new full OA-journal founded at Tilburg University.
  • Rima Rahal is  a psychologist (TSB) experimenting with a Massive Open Online Course (MOOC).
  • Marino van Zelst and Hans van Dijk (both TSB) are venturing to establish a completely new publishing system that radically puts power back in the hands of the scientific community.

This event is an initiative of the Open Science Community of Tilburg UniversityLibrary Research Support and Academic Forum.

Visit the event web page for more details.

June 19, 2019

Plan S: what it means for you

By Marijke van der Ploeg

Coalition S (including funders NWO and ZonMw) recently released the final and definitive version of Plan S. It aims to change the culture of scientific publishing significantly.

What does it mean for you as a researcher? On Wednesday July 10, a lunch meeting on Plan S will be held in the Zwijsen building, campus Tilburg University.


Plan S intends to make ‘full and immediate Open Access’ a reality in the next couple of years, and forces researchers to publish their output in journals supporting full open access from 2021 onwards. The European Commission, the European Research Council (ERC) and a broad coalition of European research funders are backing the plan, so every European scholar will need to deal with the principles of Plan S one way or another in the near future.

Information meeting

To stay ahead of the curve, the library of Tilburg University planned an information meeting on Plan S. What is in the plan, and what are your options for publishing when the plan will turn into policy? Two speakers will address these questions. Max Haring (University of Amsterdam) will give a view on new possibilities and chances of scholarly publishing once Plan S has come into effect. Haring started his career as a researcher and became a publisher (Springer and AUP). He now works at the University of Amsterdam as project manager for the national ‘University Journals’-project. Daan Rutten will explain the principles of Plan S, and the requirements it sets for researchers. Rutten is the Open Science Coordinator of Tilburg University.


Please let us know if you are planning to attend (

  • Date: 1oth July 2019
  • Time: 12.00 h
  • Location: Zwijsen building


Category: open access

April 17, 2019

Over predatory journals

By Marijke van der Ploeg

[English text below]

Heb je ooit van predatory journals of van rooftijdschriften gehoord? Als het antwoord op deze vraag ‘nee’ is, lees dan beslist verder!



Predatory journals zijn tijdschriften die het open access uitgeefmodel misbruiken om geld te verdienen. Voor de betaling van Article Processing Charges worden nauwelijks redactionele diensten, indexering en peer review verleend. Zij bedienen zich vaak van prestigieuze, bekend klinkende namen, agressieve marketingstrategieën en spam-mails. Mocht je in een predatory tijdschrift gepubliceerd hebben en dat later ontdekken, dan is het vaak erg moeilijk om je artikel teruggetrokken te krijgen. De grootste predatory publishers zijn OMICS (uit India, publiceert 700 rooftijdschriften) en WASET (uit Turkije, organiseert conferenties en publiceert verslagen).

Als je al een of meerdere publicaties op je naam hebt staan, dan zullen deze tijdschriften je misschien ook met regelmaat vragen om als editor van hun tijdschriften op te treden, om zo de geloofwaardigheid van deze titels te verhogen. Jouw naam wordt op deze manier verbonden aan die onbetrouwbare uitgever met een mogelijk negatief effect op jouw reputatie in de wetenschap.

Tips om predatory journals te herkennen

Er is al veel geschreven over predatory journals. In bijna alle publicaties kun je informatie vinden over de valkuilen, hoe te handelen en hoe je kunt voorkomen dat je de verkeerde achtergrond van een tijdschrift over het hoofd ziet. Hieronder hebben we drie bronnen geselecteerd die een goed samenvattend beeld geven. Kijk ook naar de infographic Phony vs. legit die de materie treffend weergeeft en o.a. laat zien wanneer er alarmbellen moeten gaan rinkelen.

Ook de website Think.Check.Submit geeft een uitgebreide checklist om er achter te komen of je met een betrouwbaar tijdschrift te maken hebt. We schreven hier eerder over in deze blogpost.

Heb je twijfels over de betrouwbaarheid van een tijdschrift, informeer dan bij collega’s uit je vakgebied of neem contact op met Marijke van der Ploeg, contactpersoon van het Open Access Informatiepunt.

Aanbevolen literatuur / recommended reading

Roberts, J. (2016). Predatory Journals: think before you submit. Headache: The Journal of Head and Face Pain, 56, 618-621.

Hemmat Esfe, M., Wongwises, S., Asadi, A., & Akbari, M. (2015). Fake journals: Their features and some viable ways to distinguishing them. Science and Engineering Ethics, 21, 821-824.

Eaton, S. E. (2018). Avoiding Predatory Journals and Questionable Conferences: A Resource Guide. Calgary, Canada: University of Calgary. Retrieved from


Have you ever heard of predatory journals? If the answer to this question is ‘no’, be sure to read on!

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November 26, 2018

Paywall – the movie

By Marijke van der Ploeg

paywall[Below a link to the English text and program]

Op dinsdag 11 december 2018 wordt van 15.30-17.00 u de film “Paywall : the Business of Scholarship” vertoond in Zwijsen Building.

Deze documentaire van Jason Schmitt (Associate Professor Clarkson University) vertelt welke wereld er schuil gaat achter het academisch uitgeven. Het onderzoekt de logica achter de enorme hoeveelheid geld dat wordt verdiend door commerciële wetenschappelijke uitgeverijen, waarvan de winstmarges vaak groter zijn dan die van Apple, Facebook en Google.

De bijeenkomst wordt georganiseerd door de Open Science Community van Tilburg University, LIS Research Support en Academic Forum.

More information about the program and (free) registration is available here.


November 22, 2018

Foto’s van kunstwerken Art Institute of Chicago vrij beschikbaar

By Marijke van der Ploeg

Wil je een presentatie of document opfleuren met een mooie afbeelding? Zoek dan eens in de digitale collectie van The Art Institute of Chicago.

Het instituut heeft onlangs meer dan 50.000 afbeeldingen van kunstwerken vrij beschikbaar gemaakt om te hergebruiken onder een Creative Commons Zero (CC0) licentie. Dit betekent dat je de afbeelding mag kopiëren, wijzigen, verspreiden, zelfs zonder naamsvermelding. Het wordt echter wel op prijs gesteld als je de bron vermeldt op deze manier: “Artiest. Titel, Datum. The Art Institute of Chicago”. Links onder in beeld zie je of de afbeelding met een CC0-licentie beschikbaar is. Het is mogelijk om een zoekactie te filteren op alleen afbeeldingen in het publieke domein (CC0), maar je kunt ook deze link gebruiken om alleen de werken met een CC0-licentie te zien.

The Bedroom

 Vincent van Gogh, The Bedroom (1889). The Art Institute of Chicago

Wist je dat hergebruik van een foto of ander beeld alleen maar als versiering niet toegestaan is? Dat probleem heb je niet met afbeeldingen met een CC0-licentie zoals die van het Art Institute. Zoek ook eens in Unsplash, dat zeer goede foto’s biedt die gratis gebruikt kunnen worden voor commerciële en niet-commerciële doeleinden.

Meer informatie over Unsplash en andere bestanden met gratis foto’s vind je op het AuteursrechtenInformatiepunt op ons internet of intranet onder het tabblad Foto’s.

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Category: open access

March 8, 2018

Tilburg University Action Plan on Open Science

By Marijke van der Ploeg


On February 9, the University Council has approved with the Tilburg University Action Plan on Open Science. Tilburg University wants to be a front runner in the international Open Science movement. The action plan therefore aims to develop activities to stimulate researchers to bring Open Science into practice. We had a short talk with Hylke Annema, author of the action plan, to give some more details.

Why is an action plan for Open Science important for Tilburg University?

With Open Science we can make the results of our scientific research accessible to all levels of society, not only academic, but also amateur and professional. This is in line with the university’s motto Understanding Society. Open Science also aims to make the academic process more transparent which is good for reproducibility of research, but is also a necessity when it comes to research integrity. We don’t have a tradition of Open Science at Tilburg University, that’s why it is good and necessary to put more focus on it in the coming years.

What concrete actions are in the plan?

We will start a number of Open Science labs. These are incubator projects, with a duration of four years, in which we aim to gain maximum results with small tryouts. When a lab has proven to be successful, the results can be used by other researchers or departments. TILT, the Tilburg Institute for Law, Technology, and Society, will launch their own Law & Technology Open Access journal. This will involve a lot of work, as the traditional publishing model is still so dominant. If we succeed however, other departments could also launch their own journal based on the experiences of TILT. Another lab will focus on Open Educational Materials, for example by sharing slides used in classrooms. These materials could potentially replace expensive text books, thereby making education more accessible for everyone.

How can researchers participate?

Anyone interested can contact me. I’d be happy to talk about the plan or give a presentation at the school or department. This spring, we will also launch the informal Tilburg University Open Science Network. Anyone interested to learn more about Open Science or to discuss how to change the research practice is invited to join. We offer an open and informal setting without hierarchy to discover how to leverage open to improve your research.

What if someone has a great idea to improve Open Science which is not in the plan?

First of all, just start your idea, implement it in your own research or education or share it with colleagues. You can also contact me to see if we can work it out into a larger project. We have a small budget available for pilots and incubator projects, so please reach out with your idea, and we will discuss your options.

Any last words?

The action plan can be found on: I hope researchers will read it and that it will inspire them to engage in open research practices. Remember: science without open is just anecdote!

You can contact Hylke Annema on



February 28, 2018

Open day on open science

By Marijke van der Ploeg

PNNJADANSOp 21 maart 2018 organiseert DANS (Data Archiving and Networked Services) samen met de Jonge Akademie en Promovendi Netwerk Nederland een ‘Open dag over Open Science‘ over onderzoeksdatamanagement, data-archivering en datahergebruik.

Naast een debat met de Jonge Akademie, het Promovendi Netwerk Nederland en de andere aanwezigen over de mogelijke obstakels bij het delen en hergebruiken van (open) data en de oplossingen hiervoor passeren een aantal succesverhalen -in pitches van 10 minuten- op het gebied van open data de revue. Ook is er een informatiemarkt over de diensten van DANS, waaronder EASY, DataverseNL en NARCIS. De middag start met een lunch en wordt afgesloten met een borrel.

Doelgroepen zijn (beginnend) onderzoekers en data librarians.

Zie voor het programma en gratis aanmelding de website van DANS.

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On March 21 2018 DANS (Data Archiving and Networked Services) organizes, together with the Young Academy of the KNAW and Promovendi Netwerk Nederland an ”Open day on Open Science“ about permanent access to digital research resources. The day focuses on research data management, data archiving and data re-use.

In addition to a debate with the Young Academy, the Promovendi Network Nederland and the other attendees about the possible obstacles in sharing and re-using (open) data and the solutions to this, a number of success stories – in 10-minute pitches – will be given in the field of open data. There is also an information market about the services of DANS, including EASY, DataverseNL and NARCIS. The afternoon starts with a lunch and ends with a drink.

The day is especially organized for (young) scientists and data librarians.

See for the programme and (free) registration the website of DANS.


Category: events, open access

January 31, 2018

10% korting op APCs in tijdschriften van MDPI

By Marijke van der Ploeg

Afbeeldingsresultaat voor MDPI

Sinds 15 januari 2018 doet Tilburg University mee aan het Institutional open access programme van de open access uitgever MDPI (Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute). Meedoen aan dit programma houdt in dat onderzoekers van Tilburg University 10% korting op de Article Processing Charges krijgen van elk artikel dat in een van 188 tijdschriften van MDPI gepubliceerd wordt.

Om voor 10% korting in aanmerking te komen is het voldoende dat minimaal 1 van de auteurs verbonden is aan Tilburg University.

Iets meer informatie vind je hieronder in de Engelse tekst.


10% discount on APCs in MDPI journals

Since January 15, 2018, Tilburg University joins the Institutional open access programme of open access publisher MDPI. This means that every article with a Tilburg University author and published in one of the 188 MDPI journals receives a 10% discount on the Article Processing Charges. The programme is free and will remain free for as long as we wish to receive the 10% discount.

MDPI (Multidisciplinary Digital Publishing Institute, founded in 1996) is an academic open access publisher with headquarters in Basel, Switzerland. MDPI publishes 188 diverse peer-reviewed, scientific, open access journals.

The APC discount is applied to a paper if any of the authors is affiliated with Tilburg University (corresponding or not). In the case that the corresponding author has no Tilburg affiliation, they complete the affiliation details of all authors on the system and MDPI will receive a notification that one of the authors is affiliated with Tilburg. The discount is applied before sending the invoice to the authors.

If the corresponding author is from Tilburg University, then he/she is prompted by the system in the last step of submission to determine if they are eligible for discounts under the open access program (from a list of universities). The program is pre-selected if authors are submitting from within the network of the institution (IP range detection). MDPI staff then cross-check all incoming submissions.

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