Harnessing societal relevance
Many students spend the final phase of their studies carrying out research into current or otherwise relevant topics. Even the most technical or theoretical theses often have a link to a societal challenge. Although societally relevant, the outcomes of such research generally aren't seen by anyone but your supervisor, the second assessor and maybe your mother. By publishing an article in which your summarise your insights in a way that is understandable to laypeople, for example by avoiding jargon and focusing more on content than on methodology, you can ensure that the relevant insights reach the wider public. This lifts their societal relevance off the page and converts them into tangible benefits for society.
Becoming acquainted with professional practice
What you learn at university is often theoretical and is hardly ever a seamless fit with the job you will have after your studies. What you lack is practical experience. For this reason, writing an article and staying in close contact with editors throughout the process is a good way to learn about the often conflicting interests of the worlds of academia and journalism. For example, you'll become familiar with the checks and balances introduced during the editing process that are intended to ensure that the article is both of a high quality and matches the house style of the publishing platform. You'll also obtain an insight into the freedoms and limitations of journalistic practice, as different frameworks apply for research journalism and trade publications.
Listing it on your CV
Compared to seasoned veterans of the academic world, young scientists often have few publications to their name. To prove your experience as an author and researcher, it may be helpful to publish an article based on your thesis. Writing an article is not only useful for people considering a career in journalism – young thinkers who want to embark on a scientific career will also benefit from listing articles with societal relevance on their CVs. This is particularly true in the 21st century, since knowledge valorisation is now one of the core values of universities.
Contributing to the societal debate
In-depth research has become indispensable to a digital age in which some media shy away from deep dives, prefer clickbait or fall prey to 'fake news'. Thanks to your expertise as a young scientist, you are ideally placed to substantiate the topic of your thesis with scientific evidence, models and theories, countering polarisation with nuance and baseless opinions with valid arguments. This will allow you to stand out in a dumbed-down media landscape.
Naturally, not all of your research's value can be expressed in terms of the effects of societal valorisation. You have been carrying out research into a topic that interests you for months, to the point that you consider it your topic, your baby. If you struggle to let go of your topic once you've completed your research (i.e. written your thesis), you may want to consider writing an article about it. Think of how proud you'll be when you finally get to say: “This is my article. This is what I do.
Your relationship with the societal debate doesn't have to be a one-way street. After all, an article may lead to responses that provide you with fresh insights. Publishing is therefore also a form of control and assessment. You not only enrich the debate with your insights, but also receive something in return in the form of additional food for thought.
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.
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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.
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