Newsletter #2: Let’s make this happen!
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.
So far we’ve received nearly €5.000 in donations!
This money will allow us to improve our communications, accelerate our activities and pay back some of the legal and development costs we’ve had. We still have a long way to go to meet our fundraising goal of €500.000, so please donate if you haven’t yet and spread the word among friends, students, and colleagues. And if you’re active in a learned society, consider asking the society’s members to back us, and to lend institutional support. After all, societies publish very many journals, and we will provide a publishing platform that will enable them to migrate your journal away from for-profit publishers, so that societies will have more direct control on the way their journals are run and, if desidered, monetised.
Individual donations are still our bread and butter, though. Since 2017 is coming to an end, we thought it might be a good idea to let you sponsor memberships -- buy a ScholarlyHub subscription as a gift for your favourite scholarly friend or scholarship-using NGO!
Our donation process is now far simpler, so a great present or your personal contribution to changing academia is just a couple of clicks away!
Special offer: an anonymous donor has challenged us to collect €5.000 in donation over the next 72 hours, in which case s/he will double the amount. So don’t wait: share further and donate now!
We’d like to thank everyone who donated to make this alternative platform possible! Some of you also left a quotation with your donation about why you support ScholarlyHub. Still on the proverbial fence about donating? No amount is too small, so you can already support us for the price of a cup of coffee. Don’t just take our word for it though, here’s what others had to say:
“Freedom of academic research and teaching also means the freedom of the means and infrastructures that we use and need as scholars - therefore, we have to take back control of these essential tools!”
“Academia needs to re-think the way it produces and communicates knowledge. I believe that can only happen when the motive of profit is removed from the publication process. I support ScholarlyHub because this is at the heart of their mission to create a new platform for scholarly networking.”
“I’m supporting ScholarlyHub because it’s a brilliant way to unite us and break the untenable and irrational current system of distribution of knowledge and its publication.”
A sneak preview of our website designs is now online! Take the online tour and find out what your profile page could look like on a non-profit research portal!
“ScholarlyHub is about community, not traffic; sharing research, not pushing it, scraping it or leveraging it as a product.”
We want to be there for academics and also serve the needs of other communities of practice such as journalists, activists & non-profits. So we’re excited to show you how we’ve tried to embed those values in our initial designs for the site.
ScholarlyHub in the news & forthcoming
We’ve been featured in WIRED magazine!
“Access to science is going to be a first-world privilege,” Geltner says. “That’s the opposite of what science is supposed to be about.”
Read the full article here and find out how we aim to break through the paywall, here.
We also have forthcoming articles in: Enago Academy, VSNU E-zine, LSE Impact Blog and Insights magazine, so keep an eye on our social media and the ScholarlyHub blog for the latest write-ups and op-eds.
Follow us on social media for the latest news and occasional jokes on all things open access.
Our FAQs our now online in four other languages; Hebrew, Turkish, German and Spanish! More languages will be added soon but you can already start spreading the word with friends and polyglots across the globe!
Türkiyeli arkadaşlarımız için: Sık Sorulan Sorular!
חברות וחברים, העלנו לאתר את השאלות הנפוצות שלנו בתרגום לעברית. תעיינו ותתעניינו, הפיצו הלאה, ותתצרפו לתנועה!
Liebe deutsche Freunde, unsere deutschen FAQs sind jetzt online. Macht an unserer Bewegung mit!
Queridos amigos de habla hispana, nuestra sección de preguntas frecuentes esta ahora disponible en español. Únete ahora al movimiento!
Did you know that five companies own more than half of the academic publishing market? This Science Alert write-up -based on an analysis of 45 million documents and published in open access journal PLoS- is still relevant today.
“New research has found that the market share of the world's largest research publishing houses has skyrocketed since the 1970s, with five corporations now controlling 50 percent of all the journal articles that are published.”
The big five consists of: Elsevier, Springer, Wiley-Blackwell, Taylor & Francis, and Sage. So we made some handy anagrams of their names for you to tweet in order to help fight the oligopoly. Can you guess which ones they are?
And here’s a tweet for you to share:
“Five companies own more than half of the academic publishing market. Can you guess which one this is? [insert 1 of the hashtags above] Fight the oligopoly and support an #openaccess alternative: https://www.scholarlyhub.org/”