The moment I heard about ScholarlyHub I knew I had a unique chance to participate in the kind of intellectual revolution I had been awaiting for the last eight years. I am currently a PhD candidate in history at the University of Amsterdam, disturbingly close to the moment when I need to submit a final thesis. While I never heard about open access until about two years ago, I have had more than my fair share of experience with publishers’ paywalls.Read More
Hi there, and welcome to ScholarlyHub’s third newsletter!
Let’s begin with our most fun piece of news: we have a brand new video that you can share with friends and colleagues to tell them about ScholarlyHub and why we need it. We co-produced it with our friend Carlos Ortiz.
With these texts, templates, images, emails and videos it’ll be even easier to spread the word about open access and ScholarlyHub.Read More
Sick of grey skies and low temperatures almost as much as you are of greedy publishers and their paywalls? Join us on Friday 19-01 for a heart-warming, spirit-lifting and seriously appetising evening to raise funds for ScholarlyHub!Read More
Access to scholarship is becoming ever more dependent on one’s (or one’s institution’s) financial means. Björn Brembs and Guy Geltner argue that one solution to these growing problems is for scholarship to have open, public standards; both for its Web 1.0 tasks, like reading, writing, and citing, but also, crucially, for its Web 2.0 functionalities too. Scholarship is a social endeavour and open, public standards would allow scholars to share, discuss, and reuse knowledge efficiently without being beholden to the whims of the tycoons or startups currently running the most prominent social media platforms. ScholarlyHub aims to make this vision a reality.Read More
Open scholarly communications are being suffocated by a combination of for-profit and large-scale academic publishers and commercial social networks. The present article exposes the problem and introduces ScholarlyHub as an important link to a possible solution.Read More
Good news! Our crowdfunding campaign is underway. With your help we’ll manage to set up our non-profit, scholar-owned and scholar-run academic publishing and social networking platform. Just think of the enormous savings for individual scholars, academic institutions, NGOs and society at large once our site replaces profiteering publishers and venture capital-backed academic social networks, thanks to modest and means-based membership fees.Read More
Our goal is to help you pursue your curiosity and connect you with those who share it. The architecture of our future site, which we hope to build together with our members, will reflect what the SH community says it needs, not what venture capitalists define as benchmarks or milestones for launching an IPO or selling it to the highest bidder.Read More
Our crowdfunding campaign is live! You can donate and spread the word among friends, sympathisers and colleagues. It's time to do something for the freedom of scholarship, and no sum is too small! We want to reach 500,000 euro by the summer, but won’t complain if it happens earlier.Read More
ScholarlyHub has launched a crowdfunding campaign to build a new, multi-disciplinary open-access platform for scholarly communications. It aims to boost interaction among scholars and enhance their ability to share their work with the public at large, free from the constraints placed by publishing conglomerates and myopic government policies.Read More
Crowdfunding van start voor non-profit sociale netwerksite voor wetenschappersRead More
Hoogleraar Guy Geltner werkt met collega’s aan ScholarlyHub, een non-profit-sociaal medium voor wetenschappers. Dat drijft niet zoals Academia.edu of ResearchGate op venture capitalists, maar op een kleine bijdrage van wetenschappers. ‘Als je niet betaalt voor een dienst, ben je zelf het product.’Read More
A few critical and important points were raised during our launch week that we felt should to be addressed. The following responses may not satisfy everyone, but at this very early stage we consider them to be the most responsible way of clarifying certain concerns.Read More
ScholarlyHub will help academics keep control of their work and data
By David Matthews 9 November 2017Read More
Scholars are planning an alternative site on which to network and share work.
By Lindsay McKenzie November 9, 2017
A nonprofit scholarly networking and publishing platform is being planned as an alternative to for-profit platforms such as ResearchGate and Academia.edu.Read More
In whose benefit do we let people who need access to science pay for it, again and again and again? How do we allow for-profit academic publishers to syphon off around $10 billion annually from depleting research budgets and ransack people around the world who lack direct access to scholarly publications? $10 billion paid by governments, libraries, institutions, projects and individuals to read work that has, for the most part, already been paid for through taxes or donations and produced in and for a public domain.Read More
Human curiosity may be natural, but different scholars thrive under different conditions. Just like plants require a specific combination of rich soil, sufficient sun, clean air and enough water to grow, so does scholarship flourish in unique environments.Read More
Early last week I uploaded to my Academia.edu homepage a brief note signaling and explaining my decision to close my account on that site. As a medieval historian, I had been an active and enthusiastic member since 2010, with moderately high exposure, and while “On leaving Academia.edu” was meant as a provocative goodbye, I hadn’t expected it to draw much attention.Read More