9th Conference on Open Access Scholarly Publishing

Research Evaluation and Assessment

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Speakers: Jonas Gurell, Swedish Research Council. Susan Veldsman, ASSaF. Martin Quack, ETH Zürich.

Jonas Gurell introduces the Nordic List, an international collaborative tool for publication analysis with relevance for open access. Find his slides here.

Susan Veldsman talks on the topic of the role of the Academy of Science in research assessment and evaluation in South Africa. Find her slides here.

Martin Quack discusses the vital role of research assessment and evaluation in progressing open access publishing. Find his slides here.

About the speakers:

Jonas Gurell has a Ph.D. in physics from Stockholm University after which he went to work for a Swedish research institute within the field of materials science. After five years as a research leader and group manager he left his research career to work as a senior analyst at the Department of Research Policy at the Swedish Research Council. Today his main areas of expertise is research funding, research information related issues and open access.

Susan Veldsman was appointed to the position of Director: Scholarly Publication Unit at the Academy of Sciences in South Africa, in January 2009. She is responsible for raising the visibility, discoverability and accessibility of South African scholarly journals through Open Access and online journal content management; improve the quality of SA scholarly journal, books & conference proceedings through expert peer review panels in the field; find ways and solutions to further support the development of policy frameworks in order to facilitate optimal use and access to publicly funded research.   She received the Electronic Publishing Trust (EPT) award for her outstanding contribution to the promotion of Open Access in Developing Countries.  Early in a career she started off as an Information Librarian, at various Higher Education Libraries in South Africa where she eventually was promoted to Assistant Director: Client Services, Library Services at the University of Johannesburg. During 2002 she moved to a national project, South African National Library and Information Consortium (SANLiC) where she was responsible for negotiating access to commercial databases and was actively involved in promoting Open Access and setting up Institutional Repositories. She continued this work, in 2006, in an international consortium, eIFL.net, in other transitional and developing, member countries worldwide.

Martin Quack has been Professor (Ordinarius) for Physical Chemistry at ETH Zurich since 1983. He was born in Darmstadt in 1948. He studied Chemistry and Chemical Physics in Darmstadt, Grenoble and Göttingen, where he received his Chemistry Diploma in 1971 with a diploma thesis on the resonance fluorescence of aniline vapour with Manfred Stockburger and Albert Weller at the Max-Planck- Institutes for Spectroscopy and Biophysical Chemistry. He received his doctoral degree Dr es sces techn from the École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne in 1975. In his doctoral thesis research on reaction kinetics with Jürgen Troe he developed the statistical adiabatic channel model(SACM) for unimolecular and complex forming bimolecular reactions, which has found wide use in gas phase kinetics. As Max-Kade Fellow he stayed with William H. Miller at the University of California, Berkeley 1976/1977 and habilitated in Göttingen in 1978 with work on Infrared Laser Chemistry and Multiphoton Excitation. He stayed in Göttingen as Privatdozent and later Professor (C2) until 1982, when he was appointed full Professor (C4) at the University of Bonn. In 1983 he was elected as full Professor at ETH Zürich. In the Hilary Term 1988 he was also Hinshelwood Lecturer at the University of Oxford and Christensen Fellow at St Catherine’s College, and in 2005 Visiting Miller Research Professor at the University of California Berkeley.