Open Access Resources Kit

With these texts, templates, images, emails and videos it’ll be even easier to spread the word about open access and ScholarlyHub. You can use the email templates to simply copy and paste, but you can also edit and remix to your heart’s content.

Addressing institutional inertia and academic addiction to prestige (often based on questionable metrics) is as much part of open access work as providing alternatives. Let’s start changing the world of academic publishing!

Spread the word
 

Talk to your librarian
When it comes to open access, librarians are among the most important drivers of change. Next time you talk to your institution’s open access or subject librarian, you can tell them this:

Dear [___],

I just learned of ScholarlyHub and was wondering if you already knew about it and have any thoughts on this initiative. It seeme to be interested in solving some of the problems I know you have been dealing with, such as expensive journal subscriptions, false indicators, and a growing commercialization of scholarly communications to the detriment of scholars and society at large. Should we reach out to them and learn more? Their website has quite a lot of info and following them on social media offers a real education on the deplorable state of scholarly communications today. I now know more through them about the struggles we are facing and why it’s important we do something about it.

With best wishes,

[Name]

Tell your colleagues or email an organisation:

Dear [___],

I’m writing to let you know about ScholarlyHub, a new, scholar-led, not-for-profit and inclusive initiative, that proposes to build a truly open-access platform for the dissemination of academic research and for peer-to-peer collaboration and networking across fields. With your help, this platform will realise the so-far unfulfilled potential of the internet to enable the genuinely open exchange of scholarship, free from the rent-seeking and extractive practices of large academic publishers on the one hand, and of myopic local and regional politics on the other. It will not sell users’ data and thus sees improving scholarly communications as its ultimate goal, rather than as a step towards increasing market share, or a way to beef up traffic.

I’d be grateful if you could pass on this message to any other potentially interested colleagues and relevant organisations. Please consider getting in direct touch with ScholarlyHub through open@scholarlyhub.org to offer an endorsement or a donation to their effort, which I strongly support.

With best wishes, and thanks in advance,

[Name]

Convince a potential donor (not a venture capitalist though!)

Dear [___],

Do you want to make academic research truly accessible throughout the world? This non-profit open access initiative will remove the commercial publishers’ profits from the pipeline of academic research. Moving journals away from profiteering publishers and onto a platform like ScholarlyHub would make research truly open access in a sustainable way.

The initiative has now been publicly launched: www.scholarlyhub.org and it is gaining much favourable press coverage and a social media following (both visible on the site's feeds). They are accepting any and all donations. I’ve contributed and hope to become a member as soon as the site is up and running. But they have a long way still to go to reach their funding goal: https://www.scholarlyhub.org/donate/

Thanks, and I hope you’ll consider lending a hand to this important initiative,

[Name]

Approach your learned society’s scholarly communications officer or digital initiatives committee


Dear [___],

I write to tell you about a non-profit initiative called ScholarlyHub. It aims to provide scholarly communities of practice, including learned societies like XXX, a robust digital commons, responding to (rather than dictating) the needs of specific communities and organisations, including in terms of mentoring, peer review and open-access publishing. Their vision is of a federation of global learned societies building from the ground up, and beholden only to their members, not the whims of conglomerate publishers on the one hand or myopic government agendas on the other. From a financial perspective (and never really divorced from that of social justice), modest membership fees would mean no more APCs or “OA” fees and a contribution to a truly free exchange of ideas.

The initiative has now been publicly launched: www.scholarlyhub.org and is gaining much favourable press coverage and a social media following (both visible on the site's feeds).

Sincerely,

[Name]

Show for-profit publishers the proverbial door and say ‘no’ to peer-review requests

Dear Editors of [___],

It would have been an honor and a privilege to review what by all means seems to be a promising article for your journal. However, I have decided to stop volunteering my (tax paid) labor to fill the coffers of private, for-profit conglomerates such as [___] (your publisher). I hope that in due time you will consider migrating your otherwise superb publication to a non-profit, open access or at last university press environment that would help ensure the free exchange of ideas among all scholars, not only those who can afford it. There are a number of initiatives taking the scholarly world in this direction, including ScholarlyHub, and I would be happy to share information with you about this initiative.

Sincerely,

[Name]

Support open access in tweets and newsfeeds (coming soon!)

Create your own twitterbot (coming soon!)

Achievement Unlocked: Explaining open access to academic ostriches and others who have been living under the proverbial rock

For academics:
As academics we write and edit research for academic publishers for free. Then they sell it back to us in the form of article processing costs (APC), subscriptions and open access fees. And they’re expensive too. Even articles about open access can be locked behind paywalls for a $30 fee. Luckily, there is a lot of free material available on open access here, here and here.

Contribute to a sustainable open access alternative here!

For other scholarship-users:
Do you think it’s normal to pay for research that is publicly funded? Whether you’re a journalist, activist, or even a patient, you need access to research. Sometime you need it for your job, sometimes for your health. Knowledge funded by your tax money shouldn’t be locked behind paywalls, it should benefit the public. Join the open access movement and support ScholarlyHub!


Show, don’t tell

Videos

 

Want to show others why publicly funded research should be publicly available? Share this video! Works especially well with people who believe bumble bees are cute: https://vimeo.com/253416524

 

Want a sneak peek at the people behind ScholarlyHub? Here’s some video from our first fundraiser aperitivo, captured on camera by our own creative director and featuring speeches by team members: some of them with raised fists, others with raised forks! https://vimeo.com/253403577

Office door poster (coming soon!)

Logos (coming soon!)

Endorse us on your website, use our logo on your presentation slides, or do some guerrilla gardening and spam your colleagues with tulips. With this set of logos at your disposal, the possibilities are endless.

Facebook profile picture filter (coming soon!)

Sticker pack

Support open access ánd spruce up your laptop, phone or office door. Donate now and send us an email to receive these beauties. They’re great but not edible, as the ScholarlyHub cat attest.

 

 


 

 

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