Interview with Alle-Jan van der Veen—Member of the EURASIP Board of Directors

In this second interview of our blog series about the SpringerOpen EURASIP journals, the Director of Publications at EURASIP, Alle-Jan van der Veen, introduces himself and the EURASIP society, its goals and explains how the SpringerOpen EURASIP journals support these. He also tells us his opinion on open access in the field of signal processing.

Please tell us a little bit about yourself.

My name is Alle-Jan van der Veen. I am a professor at TU Delft in The Netherlands, and member of the Board of Directors of EURASIP, as Director of Publications. In the past, I was involved a lot in IEEE publications, as Editor-in-Chief of IEEE Transactions Signal Processing and IEEE Signal Processing Letters, and as member of the Periodicals Review and Advisory Committee, which conducts five-year reviews of all IEEE publications. My research is in array signal processing, with applications to communication and radio astronomy.

What is the goal of the European Association for Signal Processing (EURASIP)?

EURASIP is a foundation that aims to improve the interaction logo_EURASIPbetween signal processing researchers, in Europe and elsewhere, by publishing journals, organizing conferences and summer/winter schools for Ph.D. students, and coordinating “special area teams” of experts in selected areas in signal processing.

What is your role at EURASIP?

As Director of Publications, I oversee the EURASIP portfolio of seven SpringerOpen journals and three Elsevier journals. The journals are owned by the publishers, so my role is to provide the liaison to the community of researchers, suggest Editors-in-Chief, policies and best practices, and generally make sure these journals serve our community interests.

How do the EURASIP journals published in collaboration with SpringerOpen support EURASIP’s goals?

Providing a diversity of high-quality opportunities for journal publication is one of the primary goals of EURASIP. The seven EURASIP SpringerOpen journals have relatively recently been established, and as such they are relatively flexible platforms to serve our community needs. For example, the EURASIP Journal on Advances in Signal Processing was at its foundation the very first journal in signal processing using an open access model. These journals were also the first to provide immediate publication of accepted papers, as there is no need to wait for the next available issue, taking advantage of operating without a predetermined annual page budget.

How would you describe the development of open access in the field of signal processing?

For us as researchers, free online open access to our work is very important. It provides unlimited and worldwide sharing of our knowledge and inventions. It is also the trend, as more and more funding organizations specifically require that work they funded be published open access. A growing number of already over 11,000 journals now publish open access. Although the business model of publishers is changing, their important role in quality assurance of journal articles (coordinating peer review) and stable location of published articles (archive) remains.


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