On the 7th of October, 2014 I published my research paper “Dapoxetine for premature ejaculation: a harmful placebo?” on ResearchGate (RG).
ResearchGate is also called “the Facebook of science”.
The friendly people at RG told me I am the first scientist to self-publish his work on their platform. Because RG worked well for me to put my research in the spotlight, I decided to use their new peer review tool. Thanks to comments from various scientists and two rounds of open peer review, my manuscript got a lot better. Publication on RG is for free and I keep my copyrights. A previous publication in an open access journal costed me 1750 euros, mostly to keep my copyrights. My current article is a free read for anyone.
I am an independent scientist without a research grant. For quite some time I sought a way to monetize my work. But how to do this when all is open access, open science, and open anything? I found an opportunity in the Peer Production License. It lets open science flourish and allows me too generate some income. If you download my article (you do not need to register, just click away the dialog), you can see how this works.
I know I am breaking new land here, so I consider this an experiment. If you follow me on twitter (@FFeys) or the blog feed, you can get updates on how things go.
Please share your comments on how you would make a living out of open, independent, and quality research.