Panel Discussion – Has the Scientific World Truly Opened Itself to Open Access?


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Open Science is the rational choice to promote openness, integrity, collaboration, and reproducibility in scholarly research. Open Access (OA) supports transparency and free availability of research articles. But has the research community across disciplines and around the globe been entirely able to utilize its benefits? As Open Access Week celebrates its tenth year on the theme “Open for Whom? Equity in Open Knowledge”, join publishing industry stalwarts in the panel discussion sharing their perspectives and opinions about how Open Access has impacted the research environment globally, as well as in their respective disciplines and geographies. This panel discussion will provide researchers with an excellent opportunity to engage with our expert panelists and ask their queries. You can also share your questions with us at


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Panel Members:

Prof. Richard de Grijs (Associate Dean at Macquarie University, Australia)

An internationally acclaimed astrophysicist, editor, publishing consultant, and a public speaker with 300+ publications in established Physics and Astronomy journals, 6 published books, 5000+ citations, and 25 research grants to his name. Prof. de Grijs is a peer reviewer for many leading Physics and Astronomy journals, including Nature, Science, etc. Some of his major achievements include the Erskine award (University of Canterbury), Exceptional Contribution Award (University of Sheffield, UK), Excellent Performance Award (Peking University, China), “Van Swinderen” Public Outreach Award (the Royal Netherlands Physical Society), and the Selby Award (The Australian Academy of Science).

Prof. Michael Prieler (Hallym University, South Korea)

With 15+ years of research experience primarily focused on media, advertising, and health communication studies, Prof. Prieler has 40+ research papers with ~400 citations, 8 grants, and a book to his credit. He serves on the editorial board of popular journals Sex Roles (Springer) and Moment Dergi (Moment Journal: Journal of Cultural Studies, Hacettepe University, Turkey). As a reviewer, he is affiliated with established publishing houses like Elsevier, Springer, Wiley, Public Library of Science, etc. He has also been conferred with several prestigious awards such as Hallym University Distinguished Professor award, Second Place Faculty Research Paper Award, AEJMC Conference, etc.

Dr. Raffaella Gozzelino (Assistant Professor at Chronic Disease Research Centre, Portugal)

A distinguished medical researcher and a published author, Dr. Gozzelino has 15+ years of professional expertise in the field of academic writing and publishing. She has completed her Ph.D. in Cell Biology/Neurobiology from the University of Lerida, Spain, and is currently a Principal Investigator at NOVA Medical School (NMS), Lisbon, Portugal. Her dynamic career includes association with top-notch international medical journals as a peer reviewer and editor, a lectureship in a number of national and international PhD and Master Programs, and many other roles such as scientific advisor, Ph.D. mentor, motivational speaker and consultant.

Ms. Frauke Ralf (Sales Manager at SAM – Standards And More…)

Ms. Ralf is an OA expert with over 20 years of diverse experience in the publishing industry. She has worked with leading publishers such as Thieme, IOP Publishing, and the Institute of Physics Publishing for the last 11 years. Frauke has been involved in strategic development and revenue generation for a portfolio of OA journals.

Dr. Krishna Kumar Venkitachalam (Senior Managing Editor and Publication Expert at Enago)

Krishna Kumar is a qualified Orthopaedic Surgeon (2008, University of Mumbai) and also an ELS- certified editor with more than a decade of experience in the field of scholarly publishing as a manuscript editor, manuscript writer, publications consultant, and trainer. In his capacity as a medical editor/writer, he has helped many authors publish manuscripts in several high-impact journals, including Nature, New England Journal of Medicine, British Medical Journal, Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery, Diabetes, Chest, The Lancet, and PLOS One. Krishna Kumar has conducted interactive training courses in numerous fields, focusing on a variety of topics related to scholarly publishing for ESL authors in medical publishing.



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