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Open access publishing is the future!

First open-access e-book published by Editions Quæ

Editions Quæ has published its first open-access title – an enriched e-book entitled “Stratégies de publication scientifique” (Strategies in scientific publishing), by Patricia Volland-Nail.

By Caroline Dandurand - Catherine Thiolon, translated by Emma Morton Saliou
Updated on 10/20/2016
Published on 12/16/2013

Without publication, science is dead (1)

Sharing and publishing research results is part of a researcher’s work - a necessity, even, on par with planning and carrying out experiments. But what should be published, where, when, how and with whom? What publishing strategy is needed? What parameters should be considered? Based on her extensive experience as a scientific communication instructor, Patricia Volland-Nail answers these questions in this clear and instructive book.

Accessible to everyone, everywhere

This e-book is the first Quæ has published in open-access format, with financial support from INRA’s Valorisation Directorate. The publication is available free of charge on the Quæ web site, as well as in INRA’s institutional archive, Prodinra. Readers can download the work as many times as they want and share it extensively. It has been published under Creative Commons licence CC-BY-NC-ND - meaning it can be used for non-commercial purposes, without being modified, and as long as the author is cited.

One title, many formats

By using the EPUB standard, the book can be read on any electronic device (tablet, smartphone, computer, e-reader) with the same degree of comfort (the text adjusts to any type of screen). With or without video? The book can be downloaded in either version, the latter being lighter and quicker to download. Videos contain summaries based on PowerPoint files.

(1) Gerard Piel (1915-2004), Harvard graduate and editor of  Life Magazine (1939-1945), and Scientific American from 1948.

Natural born instructor

Portrait of Patricia Volland-Nail.. © INRA
Portrait of Patricia Volland-Nail. © INRA
Biologist Patricia Volland-Nail is based at INRA–Tours, where she organised and led several learning programmes on scientific and technical communication for 25 years. She developed a course for PhD students at INRA which has been taught since 2006 (1) and took part in the creation of INRA’s bibliometrics department (2). She began teaching at the Université François-Rabelais in Tours in 1991 and was a member of the editorial board of Inra Productions animales magazine from 1996 to 2012. She has also taught abroad (Tunisia, Mexico), contributing to INRA’s international collaboration efforts. Since retiring from INRA, Ms Volland-Nail has created her own training centre, called formaCIST.32.

(1) MISTeR Project (Mastering scientific and technical information in research)
(2) A component of the Scientific and Technical Information Department’s FuturIST project.

Quæ: at the heart of science

Quæ is a publishing entity founded by four major research bodies: CIRAD, IFREMER, INRA and IRSTEA. With over one thousand titles, it is a major force in scientific and technical publishing in France. While its publications essentially promote exchange between researchers, certain collections, such as “Keys to Understanding” and “Carnets de Sciences”, are geared to the general public.  Quae, which offers its titles in PDF and EPUB formats, is also a reference in digital publishing.

Quæ web site