Let's stir things up! Newsletter #1

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Hi there!

Thank you for subscribing to our newsletter. We’re incredibly happy to have received so much support since we launched ScholarlyHub earlier this month. Over the past three weeks, we have received lots of positive coverage in news- and social media, and 700+ people have now subscribed to our newsletter. But since our motto is to not be enslaved by metrics let’s not get hung up on the numbers. The important thing is we’ve managed to raise more awareness to the problems facing scholarly communications today (as part of a greater threat to the public sphere) and rally support for our solution to it. We are also very grateful for the detailed feedback on our plans and platform, as well as links to relevant articles on open access and related initiatives. To all this positive attention and constructive feedback we can add several non-profit publishers, open-access organizations and learned societies that have been knocking on our door since the launch. Although it is early, we are exploring possibilities to collaborate with organizations that share our values and can help bring us closer to our goal.

In this newsletter we’ll give you a brief overview of some press highlights, more information on the people behind the platform and the latest news and developments on ScholarlyHub.

Crowdfunding campaign now live

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.

Follow us on social media for the latest news and occasional jokes on all things open access.

Here are some highlighted tweets from our account and our supporters.

Paywalls are not the only obstacles to #openaccess "New barriers are coming from major commercial intermediaries wielding algorithms that drive search engines and social media." Incisive article by @scholarlykitchnhttps://t.co/wcJXJhh4Qk

— ScholarlyHub (@ScholarlyHub) 15 november 2017


Neato! @ScholarlyHub is going to be a non-profit alternative to ResearchGate. Should be an interesting venture.. https://t.co/CscYL6uCFe via @DavidMJourno

— Jon Tennant (@Protohedgehog) 8 november 2017

this is a great #openaccess non-data-selling not for profit initiative >> @ScholarlyHub led by some wonderful people including @miriamkp@deFusie_net @AprilHathcock among others. check it out

— Tamson Pietsch (@cap_and_gown) 8 november 2017

Libraries are among the most important drivers of change in challenging the status quo of academic publishing. Shout out to all the librarians out there! https://t.co/ne2PmjlH2v

— ScholarlyHub (@ScholarlyHub) 11 november 2017

We’ve been featured in Times Higher Education, Research Fortnight and Inside Higher Education, among others. More items and interviews are forthcoming, which you can always follow on our Blog.

Times Higher Education: Scholars form non-profit rival to ResearchGate and Acedmia.edu “Academics are caught up in a capitalist war between big publishers and venture-capital backed sites such as Academia.edu  and ResearchGate. “It’s time we left that battlefield for the sake of science.”

Research Fortnight: Academics push for alternative to ResearchGate “It is time for the scholarly community to back a platform that is not beholden by financial interests but by scholarly ones.”

Inside Higher Education: A Nonprofit Alternative to ResearchGate: Scholars are planning an alternative site on which to network and share work. “Barbara Fister, a librarian at Gustavus Adolphus College and a blogger for Inside Higher Ed, said that she supports the idea of a nonprofit platform for academic sharing and networking. Fister said the proposal of a membership fee “suggests seriousness about sustainability”

Check out our blog feed for our latest op-eds, blogs and commentaries by ScholarlyHub members, guest bloggers and others in the open access field. 

Want to know how ScholarlyHub got started, why so many academics are leaving Academia.edu, or you’re just wondering why our logo is a tulip?
The articles below will tell you all you need to know. 

1: Introducing ScholarlyHub     2: Upon leaving Academia.Edu     3: What’s with the tulips?

Advisory Board

Curious who is behind ScholarlyHub? We’re proud to introduce you to the members of our advisory board. ScholarlyHub has brought together different people, with diverse backgrounds and interests. They represent different academic and professional fields and offer us their insights into how to build an inclusive and sustainable platform for scholarly communications.


Harriet Bergman
Universiteit van Amsterdam
Student & Activist


Jieh Hsiang
National Taiwan University
Computer Science


Miriam Posner
University of California, Los Angeles
Digital Humanities


John Willinsky
Stanford University


Björn Brembs
Universität Regensburg


Boikanyo Modungwa
FRIDA | The Young Feminist Fund
Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning


Ofer Sitbon
Van Leer Institute Law


April Hathcock
NYU Library Services
Scholarly Communications


Subhashish Panigrahi
Internet Society; Founder, OpenSpeaks;
Innovation, O Foundation


Gloria Wekker
Universiteit Utrecht


Highlighted tweets by advisory board members

Really excited to be involved with the new @ScholarlyHub, a member-run & owned, not-for-profit platform for open scholarship. https://t.co/wMv7O349zp

— April H. (@AprilHathcock) 8 november 2017

Glad to join board of refreshing new player in scholarly communication, boldly & explicitly "For scholars, not profit." @ScholarlyHub https://t.co/WPonUSGtPj

— John Willinsky (@JohnWillinsky) 5 november 2017

Honored to be on the board of @scholarlyhub, a new non-profit alternative to Academia & ResearchGate that aims to put scholars in control of their research & profiles.

— Miriam Posner (@miriamkp) 9 november 2017

Hands on Deck

This is our Amsterdam-based team. And, yes, we all bike to work.


Guy Geltner
Medieval historian and open access activist


Tashina Blom
Cultural analyst, author, archivist and activist


Jason Mills
Creative Director
Founder - GoodLeap & The BeGiving App

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