Your open access research stories
'Evidence of real social impact from the research'
We asked some researchers who have published open access (OA) to tell us about their research ‘story’ – why they choose to publish their work OA, what reception their article received, and how they found the experience.
The article includes data from this project’s social impact, including increased school performance and creation of employment in an area of extreme poverty (see related impact data). Therefore, OA allowed for greater use and reuse of such data, increasing the possibilities to expand scientific, political and social impacts and, in the end, to improve lives of many families in extreme poverty worldwide.
‘It demonstrates the real improvement of peoples’ lives through presenting narratives about these extraordinary transformations’
The article shows evidence of real social impact from the research. It demonstrates the real improvement of peoples’ lives through presenting narratives about these extraordinary transformations. The social sciences and humanities have been questioned for not making clear contributions to society and policy, and this article is a way of making such a contribution. Further, the article was awarded the 2013 Best Paper Prize from the Cambridge Journal of Education. The attention gained from such a prize increased the attention focussed on the article, and in turn increased its readership.
The process was efficient and smooth, with easily accessible information, and intelligible and readily available indications. Once published, the article spread across the internet mainly through social media channels such as Twitter and Facebook. Initiated by the research centre, article shares rapidly spread and multiplied through many related networks.
Ramon Flecha is Professor of Sociology at the University of Barcelona, Doctor Honoris Causa from West University of Timişoara, and a renowned researcher in social sciences in Europe. His research stands out for its joint impact in the scientific, political and social domains, with projects like WORKALO (FP5) and INCLUD-ED (FP6). He is currently directing IMPACT-EV (FP7), which is being funded to develop a system and indicators to monitor the impacts from research in the Social Sciences and Humanities for the European Commission.
Marta Soler-Gallart, Harvard PhD, is Professor of Sociology at the University of Barcelona and Director of CREA (Community of Researchers on Excellence for All). She is editor of the journal International Sociology, and Member of the ORCID Board of Directors. She is also Member of the European Sociological Association Executive Committee. She participated in FP6 project INCLUD-ED and is currently directing the SOLIDUS research project (H2020, European Commission) to study solidarity in Europe during the crisis.
*Data recorded 14/10/2015