Open Access: what's in it for me as an early career researcher?

Nancy Pontika, from FOSTER project partner Open University, just published an essay following her presentation that took place on July 7, 2015 at the University of Trieste as part of the FOSTER-funded seminar "Empowering Graduate Students: Science dissemination and science communication ‘in the open’". Here is the abstract:

When entering the research world, Early Career Researchers (ECRs) may encounter difficulties building a good reputation for their research, its quality and the research results. Open access is the movement that could assist ECRs to: (a) widely disseminate their scholarly outputs, (b) demonstrate the research and societal impact of their work and, (c) organise online research portfolios that can be accessed by all researchers, as well as prospective employers.

You can read the complete article in the 4 - 2015 issue of  JCOM - Journal of Science Communication.