Bart van Hulst on his OA publication

Bart van Hulst

Name: Bart van Hulst

TU Delft Faculty: TPM

Research field: Productivity and efficiency in the public sector

Publication: Healthcare productivity: decomposing overall technical change into factor technical changes: An empirical application to the Dutch hospital industry.

What is your publication about:

The publication is about factor technical change (FTC) for specific types of input. As a result of technical change productivity changes, it is however not straight forward to calculate measures for the productivity of individual inputs. For example we might raise labour productivity by substituting labour for capital (i.e. technology). FTC is a productivity measure that is consistent with technical change and accounts for substitution effects. An application to the Dutch hospital industry shows that the FTC of nursing personnel outpaced technical change during 2003–2011. The optimal input mix changed, resulting in fewer nurses being needed to let demand meet supply on the labour market.

 Tell us about your road to publication:

When we started with this paper we  had some difficulties in finding an appropriate journal. When we found the journal that was appropriate, we had to find funding for publication. What helped here was that the Tu-Delft has a BioMed central membership, so at the time we were considering this journal we knew that it was supported by Tu-Delft. The process from submission to final acceptance took us almost a year, one reviewer gave us a real hard time; open access is certainly not easy access.

 How did the Open Access fund support you in that process:

The Open Access fund gave us a grant for publishing. In the final stage, where the invoice had to be paid, the Open Access fund was very helpful. It turned out that the system of the publisher did not match with the requirements of our financial department. The Open Access fund helped her with some good advice.

How did you know about the fund?

We were aware of the fact that funding for open access is possible, so at the time we wanted to publish in the journal we consulted the webpage of the Open Access fund and applied for a grant.

Are you familiar with the governmental goals and the TU Delft policy concerning Open Access?

In particular I am familiar with the TU Delft policy as we discussed the policy and the “green” and “golden” route  in one of our section meetings. I guess governmental goals are full open access as they argue that most research is (indirect) paid by taxes and should therefore be open to the public.

What is your view on Open Access publishing?

Open access is one aspect, besides others, that you consider in picking a journal. Sometimes it is of decisive importance, but other times not. And of course if a journal offers an open access option, there is no doubt using this option.

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