What authors say

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Dr. Marius Henkel

Marius Henkel

University of Hohenheim, Germany

Published open access in Biotechnology Reports

Getting research funding:

After a good publishing experience with and Biotechnology Reports, Dr. Marius Henkel submitted a second article – the two publications have helped him attract funding to continue his research. “It adds additional credibility and shows you have results that are good enough to be published in a peer reviewed journal,” Dr. Henkel said. “It also proves that we can do something useful with the money.”

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Dr. Edward Moreira Bahnson

Edward Moreira Bahnson

University of North Carolina, USA

Published open access in Redox Biology

Getting research funding:

Dr. Edward Moreira Bahnson is interested in the pathophysiology of arterial disease and in finding novel ways to treat it. “As a junior faculty, having this paper published puts me in a much better position to apply for funding. […] This article has led me directly to start working on a methods article we are planning to submit this year,” he said.

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Dr. Shin Jae Lee

Shin Jae Lee

ETH Zürich, Switzerland

Published open access in Molecular Metabolism

Publishing fast:

Getting an article published quickly and to a high standard is great – and having it promoted at the end is a welcome bonus. For Dr. Shin Jae Lee getting the spotlight on her paper in Molecular Metabolism helped attract readers to the article, growing its reputation.

After a fast and “painless” review and editorial process, Dr. Lee has a published article she can be sure has reached her peers around the world. “I feel that other scientists in the field recognize my work and appreciate the value and contribution,” she said.

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Dr. Chang Xu

Chang Xu

Senior Biostatistician at QIAGEN, USA

Published open access in Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal

Publishing fast:

Dr. Chang Xu saved time by not having to format his submission to Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal – and he didn’t have to wait long for a decision.

“The process was faster than some other journals that I have published in,” he said. “The paper was accepted one week after I submitted the revision, which is fast. A few days after acceptance, the paper was online.” Dr. Chang’s review is already making an impact, with over 9,500 downloads within 10 months of publication.

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Dr. Ugochukwu Offor

Ugochukwu Offor

Nelson R Mandela School of Medicine, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa

Published open access in Toxicology Reports

Reaching a wide audience:

When you’re choosing a journal for your next submission, you want to find one with a scope that matches your research, and it’s a bonus if it’s a recognised journal that has a wide reach.

Dr. Offor chose Toxicology Reports to make sure his results would be widely accessible, and he found the fast but rigorous review process helped improve the article: “The review process was very rigorous, and there were quite fascinating inputs from the reviewers that added color to our article.”

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Dr. Mary Anne D. Chiong, MD, MSc, FPPS

Mary Anne Chiong

Director Institute of Human Genetics, NIH-UP Manila, Philippines

Published open access in Molecular Genetics and Metabolism Reports

Reaching a wide audience:

Dr. Mary Chiong, Director of the Institute of Human Genetics at NIH-UP Manila in the Philippines wanted to reach as many people as possible with her research, sharing the characteristics of a population in the developing world with a global audience. That’s exactly why she chose Molecular Genetics and Metabolism Reports: “It can be read by a wider audience in the metabolic world and by doing so many health care groups can learn from our experience in a developing world,” Dr. Chiong said.

Publishing in Molecular Genetics and Metabolism Reports helped her to improve her article too: “The reviewers were a goldmine for pearls of knowledge on how best to write and improve on the article”.

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Professor Atanas G. Atanasov, PhD

Professor Atanas G. Atanasov, PhD

Professor Atanas G. Atanasov, PhD, is Head of the Molecular Biology Department at the Institute of Genetics and Animal Breeding in Poland. He regularly publishes with Elsevier and guest edits special issues – most recently for Biotechnology Advances. For him, OA is all about visibility - his 130 peer-reviewed scientific publications have been cited 2,200 times.


Open access and social media – a perfect match

Not everyone has subscription access, so if you publish OA, more people see your work and then hopefully cite it. Citations are often used as a research importance indicator and can decide whether you get a new grant, or even a new job.

In my case, publishing OA has a really big impact on citations as I post a lot on social media channels like Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn. OA in association with social media works really well because everyone can access the links.  In fact, I always make use of the Share Links Elsevier sends me - I like them a lot. On some channels, my connections aren’t just scientists; many social media contacts come from different professions, which allows me to reach additional audiences with my work.

As a researcher, you may want to read a paper when you are outside your institution but not everyone has virtual access to institutional journal subscriptions. Another big advantage of OA is that you can access the full text all the time, wherever you are.

Professor Balaraman Kalyanaraman, PhD

Professor Balaraman Kalyanaraman

Professor Balaraman Kalyanaraman, PhD, is Chair of Biophysics at the Medical College of Wisconsin in the US. When he published the slides of a lecture he had prepared on oxidants and antioxidants in the Elsevier open access journal Redox Biology, it led to the launch of a whole new paper category – the Graphical Redox Review. His paper has since been cited 163 times.


Training the scientists of the future

For me, it was wonderful that students anywhere in the world could access it.  The only way to make things really stick with students is to make it easily available. Then, I noticed that lecturers at institutions were downloading the slides, so the paper has reached a new group of students through them.

When I think about OA I think of Elsevier before I think of some other publishers. You want the reassurance that your paper is being accepted because it is worth publishing, not because it might provide some income to the company involved. With Elsevier you have that.

When it comes to OA there are positives and negatives. I would say to students ‘use OA for whatever you want to achieve’. Knowledge not shared doesn’t move science forward. If anyone can look at a blog and get something from it, that’s good. OA can also help with interdisciplinary research as it gives people access to information in other fields they might otherwise not see.