Jan Velterop

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Jan Velterop
Johannes Josephus Marinus Velterop

(1949-03-18) 18 March 1949 (age 75)
Known for
Scientific career

Johannes (Jan) Josephus Marinus Velterop (born 18 March 1949) is a science publisher.[2][3]


Born in The Hague, Netherlands, he was originally a marine geophysicist and became a science publisher in the mid-1970s.


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[4]

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 [5] to help further develop semantic approaches to accelerate scientific discovery. Since January 2009 he is involved in the Concept Web Alliance[6] as one of the initiators. He lives in Guildford, UK. He is an active advocate of open access and of the use of microattribution (the hallmark of so-called "nanopublications").[1][7]

Velterop also serves on the Advisory Boards of several initiatives and companies, such as Knowledge Unlatched and ScienceOpen.


  1. ^ a b Groth, Paul; Gibson, Andrew; Velterop, Jan (2010). "The anatomy of a nanopublication". Information Services & Use. 30 (1–2): 51–56. doi:10.3233/ISU-2010-0613.
  2. ^ Jan Velterop's publications indexed by the Scopus bibliographic database. (subscription required)
  3. ^ The Open Access Interviews: Jan Velterop by Richard Poynder 2012-02-02
  4. ^ "The Budapest Open Access Initiative". Retrieved 2015-11-20.
  5. ^ "Jan Velterop to leave Springer". Retrieved 2011-05-03.
  6. ^ "Nbic: Cwa".
  7. ^ Velterop, J. (2006). "Open access and publishing". The E-Resources Management Handbook. pp. 117–121. doi:10.1629/9552448_0_3.12.1. ISBN 978-0-9552448-0-3.