Jeff Horrell tells us why Elementa is important to Dartmouth, and why he believes in open access

How is Dartmouth College collaborating with Elementa?

Dartmouth, with support from BioOne, is developing and hosting the publishing platform, including several staff devoted to Elementa.  Two Dartmouth faculty members, Anne Kapuscinski and David Peart, are serving as editors-in-chief for the sustainability sciences domain.


Why do you feel that Elementa is an important new journal?

Conceived as a completely open-access and open-data journal focused on some of the most compelling and challenging issues facing our world is certainly important.  The world needs access to this research and scholarship in a free and open way.


What are your feelings about open access?

There are individuals in many parts of the world who are unable to have access to scholarly journal subscriptions, open access eliminates that serious barrier.  We have an obligation to the world to make research as widely available as possible.


Why do you think it important for authors to retain the copyright to their work?

Copyright protection is important, but it is equally important for an author to retain his or her rights so that research and scholarship can be disseminated more broadly whether it is in one’s teaching or sharing with the world at large.


What can librarians do to help support faculty and students discover and write for Elementa?

Librarians can serve as a mechanism for communicating about the availability of research and data being offered through Elementa, which is free to anyone.


Why do you think that nonprofit publications such as Elementa are important?

The world’s challenges are serious and it is imperative to share research findings openly in the hope of more understanding and more effective decision-making for our planet.