What you can expect from this Libguide
The aim of this Libguide is to inform you about the ways in which you can make your thesis available to a wider audience. This would normally be an audience that is unfamiliar with your specialisation, not to mention the specific subject of your thesis. The emphasis in this Libguide is on publication with De Focus, an independent platform for scientific journalism with the objective of making your thesis accessible to as wide an audience as possible.
What you should not expect from this Libguide
This Libguide alone will not be enough to transform your thesis into a well-written journalistic masterpiece. This requires the supervision and feedback of professionals. Furthermore, the focus of this Libguide is restricted to journalism outreach. If you want to publish your thesis in a scientific journal, you can jump ahead to the 'Further outreach opportunities' tab.
This Libguide's intended audience
This Libguide is intended for both Bachelor's and Master's students who are either in the process of writing their thesis or have just completed it. Even if you completed your thesis some time ago, this Libguide may still provide an interesting new perspective on opportunities for publishing your thesis.
The people behind this Libguide
This Libguide was produced by the online journalism forum De Focus. De Focus is a non-profit research platform that aims to inspire and motivate young experts from all scientific disciplines to make their knowledge publicly available. We do this by helping them publish a modified version of their thesis or research. We know from experience that many students like to share their expertise. De Focus offers them a platform for presenting their knowledge in an attractive manner. By doing so, we stimulate students' personal development and challenge them to put their research at the service of society.
NARCIS is dé nationale portal voor wie informatie zoekt over wetenschappers en hun werk. Naast wetenschappers maken ook studenten, journalisten en medewerkers binnen onderwijs, overheid en het bedrijfsleven gebruik van NARCIS.
NARCIS biedt toegang tot wetenschappelijke informatie waaronder (open access) publicaties afkomstig uit de repositories van alle Nederlandse universiteiten, KNAW, NWO en diverse wetenschappelijke instellingen, datasets van een aantal data-archieven, alsmede beschrijvingen van onderzoeksprojecten, onderzoekers en onderzoeksinstituten.
Dit houdt in dat NARCIS (nog) niet gebruikt kan worden als ingang tot complete overzichten van publicaties van onderzoekers. Er zijn echter steeds meer instellingen die al hun wetenschappelijke publicaties via NARCIS toegankelijk maken. Op deze wijze kunnen de publicatielijsten van de wetenschappers zo compleet mogelijk worden gemaakt.
In 2004 is de ontwikkeling van NARCIS gestart als een samenwerkingsproject van KNAW Onderzoek Informatie, NWO, VSNU en METIS in het kader van de dienstenontwikkeling binnen het DARE-programma van SURFfoundation. Dit project heeft de portal NARCIS verwezenlijkt, waarin in januari 2007 de dienst DAREnet is geïncorporeerd. Sinds 2011 is NARCIS een dienst van DANS.
A MOOC is an online course aimed at unlimited participation and open access via the web.
National Academic Research and Collaborations Information System
NARCIS is the main national portal for those looking for information about researchers and their work. Besides researchers, NARCIS is also used by students, journalists and people working in educational and government institutions as well as the business sector.
NARCIS provides access to scientific information, including (open access) publications from the repositories of all the Dutch universities, KNAW, NWO and a number of research institutes, datasets from some data archives as well as descriptions of research projects, researchers and research institutes.
This means that NARCIS cannot be used as an entry point to access complete overviews of publications of researchers (yet). However, there are more institutions that make all their scientific publications accessible via NARCIS. By doing so, it will become possible to create much more complete publication lists of researchers.
In 2004, the development of NARCIS started as a cooperation project of KNAW Research Information, NWO, VSNU and METIS, as part of the development of services within the DARE programme of SURFfoundation. This project resulted in the NARCIS portal, in which the DAREnet service was incorporated in January 2007. NARCIS has been part of DANS since 2011.
When people create educational resources, they may choose to share them with others openly and freely. This means that others can use these materials as part of their courses and lessons without permission. A creator of an open textbook, for example, can give explicit permission to others to use their book free of charge. We call these open education resources (OER).
Read more about it in our LibGuide Resource Centre for Education Resources and Copyright