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Exercising your freedom to publish

A conversation with Dasapta Erwin Irawan

Published onMay 02, 2022
Exercising your freedom to publish

Listen to Dasapta Erwin Irawan and Jo Havemann talk about using preprint publishing to creatively conduct wider dissemination to reach scholars as well as non-scholars. You will hear about the story of establishing a preprint server in Indonesia, not only to run the infrastructure but also to cultivate freedom in the academic ecosystem.

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Image credit: Dasapta Erwin Irawan, CC-0

Dr. Dasapta Erwin Irawan is an assistant professor in hydrogeology. He is working as an active researcher and lecturer at the Faculty of Earth Sciences and Technology, Institut Teknologi Bandung. He focuses his research on translating hydrochemical data to understand the underlying hydrogeological system. He is also actively participating in promoting the open science movement and the importance of science communications to Indonesia’s research ecosystem.

Various national and international talks have been delivered by him to raise the awareness of freedom in research and publishing. In 2017 with some diverse colleagues, he created the INArxiv as the first preprint server in Indonesia ( with the support of the Center for Open Science. Then in a collaboration with Indonesia Science Institute (LIPI) and Indonesia Open Science Team, he also led the initiation of RINarxiv ( Currently, he actively serves as a member of the advisory board for ON-MERRIT, Open Knowledge Maps, and a Team member of AsapBio. You can see a list of his works on ORCID.

Photo credit: Dasapta Erwin Irawan

ORCID iD: 0000-0002-1526-0863  Website:  Twitter: @dasaptaerwin

Photo credit: Dasapta Erwin Irawan // Next-generation hydrogeologist.


Irawan, D. E., Abraham, J., & Bima, I. (2021). Set Them Free – A Manifesto Toward Moving Beyond Academic Imperialism. Commonplace.

Pourret, O., Irawan, D. E., Shaghaei, N., van Rijsingen, E. M., & Besançon, L. (2022, January 7). Towards more inclusive metrics and open science to measure research assessment in Earth and natural sciences. 

Pourret, O.; Irawan, D.E. Open Access in Geochemistry from Preprints to Data Sharing: Past, Present, and Future. Publications 2022, 10, 3. 

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