Advocacy WG

Advocacy Working Group

OPERAS Advocacy Working Group posterThe white paper first addresses the importance of open science for the SSH, highlighting the role of a distributed research infrastructure like OPERAS in advocacy for open access publishing models. It then focuses on the importance of SSH in open science, showing how open science benefits from a careful consideration of the needs of researchers in different disciplines. While OPERAS does not endorse a specific open access publishing model, infrastructure partners advocate for publication processes that can meet the actual demand for open access, transparency and open source tools for scholarly communication.

This document is intended for all stakeholders actively involved in open access in the SSH. This includes publishers and publication platforms as well as libraries and infrastructure providers. However, the white paper ultimately focuses on advocacy for researchers at different career stages. It presents which benefits clearly arise from open access publishing for scholars and, in order to support stakeholders to advocate for open access when addressing researchers, the white paper examines researchers’ concerns about open access publishing. These include but are not limited to reputation and research evaluation, financial issues, a lack of information, intellectual property rights and other legal concerns, and the availability of open access models.

It looks at experiences from OPERAS partners with regard to researchers’ concerns to develop a message-tools matrix for researchers that demonstrates how to address these challenges. The white paper concludes with advocacy suggestion sheets for different stakeholders involved in open access in the SSH.

Working Group Members

  • Max Weber Stiftung – MWS (contact point)
  • Associazione Italiana per la promozione della scienza aperta – AISA
  • Georg-August-University Göttingen – UGOE
  • Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences – IBL PAN
  • OpenEdition
  • UiT The Arctic University of Norway
  • University of Turin


Poster presentation for the OPERAS Conference (June 2018)


To learn more about the activities of the working group or to get involved, please contact Elisabeth Heinemann (heinemann[at]