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2011-11-04 12:32

Success stories highlight the added value of Open Access

 

Excerpt from a press release issued by the German Research Foundation (DFG) on 31 October 2011 in connection with International Open Access Week 2011:

 An English-language platform has been published online to coincide with this week-long event: www.oastories.org. Commissioned by the Knowledge Exchange network, of which the DFG is also a member, the platform presents portraits of projects alongside interviews with representatives of initiatives from eleven participating countries, showing how a variety of participants have benefited from the publication of research findings on Open Access platforms. German proponents include the world leading e-journal for qualitative social research: “Forum: Qualitative Social Research” (FQS). Founded in 1999 and supported by the DFG throughout its pilot phase, this trilingual Open Access publication has made a name for itself as a research journal while also positioning itself as a network for researchers in this field. FQS-founder and editor Dr. Katja Mruck explained: “We are (...) part of a truly international and truly interdisciplinary community. This is completely different from the situation in 2000. Completely. Open access has helped us to get international.”