Hi Berendina, you have recently joined Peerwith as an Expert.
What do you see as the benefits of a peer-2-peer platform for researcher services, both as an expert and as a researcher looking to improve their work?
It’s a one-stop shop for finalizing your manuscript. In the manuscript, you can express your thoughts – for example that you may wish to include research results of others. For the latter there are copyright regulations which may be not so easy to understand if it’s not your main interest.
There are not so many services like this for authors and therefore we are happy that this platform also covers this aspect.
2. What’s the most interesting piece of work you were ever consulted for?
A claim by an amateur photographer whose images were used in a book. The book contract did not describe the use of these images properly. As a result, permission for the use of these images was not properly secured.
The effect of this unauthorized use was a claim of USD 80.000.
3. Can you tell us something about the authors and customers who approach you for help, and your relationship with them, do you often receive requests from researchers you have worked with before?
My main purpose is to build a bridge between experience, the needs of my customers and the ‘secrets’ of the publishing world.
Thanks to my broad and longstanding experience both in research and in the publishing world, I am able to mediate between the interest of the researcher on one hand and the sometimes complex distribution channels of the publisher on the other hand. Customers are happy with my solid and trustful approach and therefore know where to find me.
4. Finally, could you share your top tips for researchers to make sure your work is estimated properly?
– Be sure the contract with the publisher represents your idea of dissemination.
– Write original material.
– If material is used from someone else, approach that person or publisher and obtain permission.
– Always make proper reference to the source you quote and integrate into your work.
5. Why and how should researchers get in touch with you?
Researchers should get in touch with me if they need assistance with the interpretation of their author contract(s) or other licenses, or the clearance of permissions of already published content – no matter where this content has been found.
Researchers can contact me via my Peerwith expert page: https://www.peerwith.com/categories/rights-and-permissions