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Helmholtz Open Science Forum “Scholar-Led Publishing at Helmholtz”

April 13, 2023, 10:00 am to 3:00 pm

Background and framework

On April 13, 2023, the Helmholtz Open Science Office, together with the Task Group Open-Access-Transformation, a joint task group of the Helmholtz Association's Working Groups Open Science and Library and Information Management, hosted the Helmholtz Open Science Forum "Scholar-led-Publishing at Helmholtz".

Diamond Open Access and Scholar-Led Publishing are current buzzwords; the focus in this context lies on locating scientific publication opportunities more strongly in the scientific environment beyond profit-oriented platforms. During the forum, presentations and discussions explored this path towards the open access transformation: including insights into different operating models for Diamond OA journals that are already actively pursued in the natural sciences. In addition, the EU Commission's perspectives on the further development of the publication platform Open Research Europe were be presented.


Time Title Speaker
10:00–10:10 Introduction and Welcome Roland Bertelmann,
Helmholtz Open Science Office
10:10–10:25 Introduction to Scholar-Led Publishing and presentation of “Scholar-Led Publishing at Helmholtz: First Steps toward Determining a Position” Lea Maria Ferguson and Marcel Meistring,
Helmholtz Open Science Office
10:25–10:40 “Aerosol Research” - Diamond Open Access Journal Jonas Elm, Aarhus Universitet    
10:40-10:55 “Physical Review Accelerators and Beams” - Diamond Open Access Journal Florian Schwennsen, DESY
10:55–11:05 Coffee break  
11:05–11:20 “Nordic Machine Intelligence” - The Diamond Open Access journal - a community approach Bjørn-Jostein Singstad, Research Engineer at the Hospital in Vestfold
11:20–11:35 “Logical Methods in Computer Science” - The overlay concept as an operating model for Diamond Open Access journals Stefan Milius, Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
11:35–11:50 “CNRS support for scholar-led journals (Episciences and PCI)  Serge Bauin, CNRS-DDOR
11:50–12:05 “TIB Open Publishing” - Open Access platform for publishing scholarly journals and conference publications Xenia van Edig, Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB)
12:05–13:00 Lunch break  
13:00–13:25 Self-Publishing in Helmholtz: Publishing services at KIT and Forschungszentrum Jülich’s Publishing House Regine Tobias, KIT and Heike Lexis, FZJ
13:25–13:40 Open Research Europe as a collective non-profit publishing service Victoria Tsoukala, Directorate General Research & Innovation, European Commission

Joint closing discussion

Next steps for Helmholtz 

Chair: Roland Bertelmann,Helmholtz Open Science Office


Ferguson, L. M., Meistring, M., Bertelmann, R., van Edig, X., Elm, J., Lexis, H., Milius, S., Bauin, S., Schwennsen, F., Singstad, B.-J., Tobias, R., Tsoukala, V. (2023): Helmholtz Open Science Forum “Scholar-Led Publishing at Helmholtz”, (Helmholtz Open Science Briefing), Potsdam : Helmholtz Open Science Office, 119 p.