Jan Velterop

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Jan Velterop
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Born Johannes Josephus Marinus Velterop
(1949-03-18) March 18, 1949 (age 65)
The Hague, Netherlands
Known for

Johannes (Jan) Josephus Marinus Velterop (born March 18, 1949) is a science publisher.[3][4][5][6][7][8][9][10][11]


Born in The Hague, Netherlands, he was originally a marine geologist and became a science publisher in the mid-1970s.[citation needed]


Velterop started his publishing career at Elsevier in Amsterdam. After a few years out of the scientific field as the director of the Dutch regional newspaper De Twentsche Courant, he returned to international science publishing at Academic Press in London. He next joined Nature as director for a short while, but moved quickly on to help get BioMed Central, the first commercial open access science publisher, off the ground.

Velterop was one of the small group of people who first defined "open access" in 2001 in Budapest, a meeting resulting in the Budapest Open Access Initiative.

In 2005 he joined Springer Science+Business Media in the United Kingdom as Director of Open Access.

At the end of March, 2008, he left Springer [12] to join Knewco, a company that uses semantic technology to accelerate scientific discovery. Since January 2009 he is involved in the Concept Web Alliance[13] as one of the initiators. He is currently CEO of the recent start-up Academic Concept Knowledge Limited (AQnowledge),[1] residing in Guildford, UK. As such he is a partner in the Innovative Medicines Initiative project known as OpenPHACTS.[14] He is an active advocate of the use of microattribution (the hallmark of so-called "nanopublications").[15][2]


  1. ^ a b http://aqnowledge.com/aqnowledge-about-the-team.html
  2. ^ a b The anatomy of a nanopublication. doi:10.3233/ISU-2010-0613 (inactive 2014-04-06). 
  3. ^ Jan Velterop from the Scopus bibliographic database
  4. ^ Velterop, J (2005). "Necessity is the mother of innovation". Neuroinformatics 3 (1): 11–4. doi:10.1385/NI:3:1:011. PMID 15897614. 
  5. ^ Cockerill M; Velterop J (Dec 2004). "Public access to biomedical research". N Engl J Med 351 (27): 2879–80. PMID 15625343. 
  6. ^ The Example of a Hybrid Model: Springer Open Choice (In: Open Access, Opportunities and Challenges, a Handbook, p 39, German Commission for UNESCO, published by the European Union, 2008)
  7. ^ Open Access: Science Publishing as Science Publishing Should Be (Serials Review, Volume 30, Number 4, 2004 pp. 308–309)
  8. ^ Open Access is a Choice (Zeitschrift für Bibliothekswesen und Bibliographie 54, 2007, 4-5, S.268-272)
  9. ^ Velterop, J. (2003). "Should scholarly societies embrace open access (or is it the kiss of death)?". Learned Publishing 16 (3): 167. doi:10.1087/095315103322110932. 
  10. ^ The Open Access Interviews: Jan Velterop by Richard Poynder 2012-02-02
  11. ^ Velterop, J. (2001). Nature 411 (6838): 633. doi:10.1038/35079766. 
  12. ^ "Jan Velterop to leave Springer". Retrieved 2011-05-03. 
  13. ^ [http://www.nbic.nl/about-nbic/affiliated-organizations/cwa/
  14. ^ Mons, B.; Van Haagen, H.; Chichester, C.; Hoen, P. B. 'T.; Den Dunnen, J. T.; Van Ommen, G.; Van Mulligen, E.; Singh, B.; Hooft, R.; Roos, M.; Hammond, J.; Kiesel, B.; Giardine, B.; Velterop, J.; Groth, P.; Schultes, E. (2011). "The value of data". Nature Genetics 43 (4): 281–283. doi:10.1038/ng0411-281. PMID 21445068. 
  15. ^ Velterop, J. (2006). "Open access and publishing". The E-Resources Management Handbook. p. 117. doi:10.1629/9552448_0_3.12.1. ISBN 978-0-9552448-0-3.  edit