The next frontier: beaming open-access articles by satellite beyond the conventional internet

“Outernet is a new start-up broadcasting open-access content by satellite to every part of the globe. It reaches users lacking conventional internet access and users subject to censorship from conventional ISPs. Outernet launched quietly a couple of weeks ago and plans a more formal launch early next month.
Starting today, Outernet includes 10 papers from DASH (Digital Access to Scholarship from Harvard), our open-access repository.

If both sides are happy with the pilot project, we’ll scale up to include all the other eligible content from DASH….”

Nurturing Life – The Essence of Chinese Medicine | Indiegogo

“Final Update on my lawsuit over copyrights with Jonathan Schell and The Chinese Medicine Database: “The parties have reached a fair settlement and look forward to putting their legal dispute behind them. They wish to keep these matters private.” If you want to help with my legal expenses, which amounted to $23,756.75, I continue to really appreciate donations, book purchases, and referrals through my website,www.happygoatproductions. The sooner I get my debts paid off, the sooner I can focus on finishing up “Venerating the Roots, Part Two” (second half of Sun Simiao’s pediatrics) and publishing a new edition of my translation of Sun Simiao’s three volumes on gynecology.  So so so happy to close this challenging chapter in my life and move on to a much brighter future!”

Open access in South Africa: A case study and reflections

Use the link to access the full text article published in the South African Journal of Science, “In this paper, we locate open access in the South African higher education research context where it is, distinctively, not shaped by the policy frameworks that are profoundly changing research dissemination behaviour in other parts of the world. We define open access and account for its rise by two quite different routes. We then present a case study of journal publishing at one South African university to identify existing journal publishing practices in terms of open access. This case provides the springboard for considering the implications – both positive and negative – of global open access trends for South African – and other – research and researchers. We argue that academics’ engagement with open access and scholarly 

communication debates is in their interests as global networked researchers whose virtual identities and 
online scholarship are now a critical aspect of their professional engagement.”

New Updated Version of ACRL Scholarly Communication Toolkit Released

The Association of College and Research Libraries (ACRL) has released a new version of its popular Scholarly Communication Toolkit with updated content. The Toolkit, developed and maintained by the ACRL Research and Scholarly Environment Committee, continues to provide content and context on a broad range of scholarly communication topics, including expanded information on data management. It provides links to examples of specific tools, including handouts, presentations, and videos for libraries to use on their own campuses, and for library school students seeking to incorporate these issues into their course work. The Toolkit is also widely used by libraries in conjunction with Open Access Week, an annual global event promoting open models of scholarly communication, that will occur from October 20-24, 2014. The ACRL Scholarly Communication Toolkit is freely available online at

Le “Mandat ULg” actualisé et renforcé

From Google’s English: “On 17 September, the Board of Directors of the University of Liege has decided to strengthen the mandatory detention warrant on ORBi. Not only how to file references and documents have been consolidated but also those on the assessment records, and lists of specific publications, to request the appointment, promotion or assignment of credit. In addition, it was decided that BICTEL / e, ETDs ULg, will soon be integrated in ORBi. First, it broadens the scope of publications to be encoded in ORBi to complete the institutional bibliography. All references to publications of authors from the University of Liège will be introduced in ORBi and only those published since 2002.  Then he explained the context of filing mandatory documents. Now journal articles published since 2002 must be filed when accepted by the publisher and not after publication or even later. It also reinforces the requirement for assessors to consider only lists publications from ORBi for dossier evaluation to request the appointment, promotion or assignment of credit. Finally, note that the theses contained in BICTEL / e will soon be integrated into ORBi and future deposits of theses will be directly on it. So they now benefit from high visibility ORBi Web.”

Volunteer with us!

The Right to Research Coalition is growing quickly. Over the past few months we’ve run a grant program (Generation Open Grants), started organising a major conference (OpenCon 2014) with satellite events, supported projects (e.g. Open Access Button and others) and even started a secret project we can’t yet talk about. We’re also starting to massively scale up our member engagement work to better support them.

This is all important, interesting work and if it wasn’t for the limitations of human physiology we’d do more. To carry forward key work with our members and projects we’d like to invite you to join the team as a volunteer. We’re looking to recruit for 3 positions.

  1. We’re looking to bring on two students or early career researchers chairs for our co-ordinating committees. These chairs will help facilitate the work of the committee’s in close collaboration with us. Please find a fuller description of the role, tasks and benefits here.
  2. To support all the Coalition’s work, including OpenCon 2014 we’d like to work with a communications officer to create tweets, Facebook posts and blog posts. This role would also be key in helping to create a communications strategy. Please find a fuller description of the role, tasks and benefits here

In general, all roles with the Coalition involves a large amount of responsibility and are perfect for highly motivated candidates who want to do great things. You’ll work as part of a fun, relaxed but committed team with significant opportunities for mentorship, personal development and international travel. We like people to stick around for a long time, but you can take time off when you need it and there isn’t a set “term time”.  

Communications Officer

We’re big mouths at the Coalition, but even with that being true we need your help talking about all the awesome things going on.

As our communications officer you’ll help lead on tweeting, facebooking, blogging (and more) for the coalition. This will involve taking our key messages, projects and news and making them appealing to people.

All of this is done in collaboration and with the support of the Assistant Director of the Coalition. We’d expect that you would need to dedicate to 2-3 hours of week to perform the role.

Successful candidates will be self motivating, organised and passionate about what we do. You don’t need to be an expert in communications or OA/OER but experience in these areas will be very beneficial.

To apply, fill in the form below. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Joe[AT]

EU and America’s Co-ordinating Committee Chairs

The members of the Coalition is where it’s strength lies. The 77 organisations which make up the coalition must all be effectively co-ordinated to effectively leverage our strength though. Chairs are crucial in making sure the coalition is able to reach it’s full strenght.

A chair’s role will be to engage, facilitate and support member organisations taking an active role in the coalition. This means arranging calls, agendas and then facilitating calls. It can also mean being an ambassador for the coalition by attending conferences and engaging members in other ways.

All of this is done in collaboration and with the support of the Assistant Director of the Coalition. We’d expect that these chairs would need to dedicate to 2-3 hours of week to achieve this.

The two successful candidates will be self motivating, organised and passionate about what we do. You don’t need to be an expert in volunteer engagement or OA/OER but experience in these areas will be very beneficial.

To apply, fill in the form below. If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact Joe[AT]


Digital Scholarship and Scholarly Communication Librarian

“Lead digital scholarship initiatives for the Smith College Libraries’ Teaching, Learning and Research (TLR) department, working closely with colleagues engaged in the development of digital scholarship at Smith.  Promote the adoption of new models of scholarship at Smith by developing methodologies and tools of the digital humanities and social sciences for research, teaching and learning.  Provide instruction and consultation services for digital projects, and serve on project teams.  Facilitate the use of library content for digital scholarship creation by faculty and students. Serve as a resource for other TLR librarians who are engaged in digital scholarship; provides training and consultation.  Keep abreast of new developments in digital scholarship and scholarly communication in the humanities and social sciences, and promote awareness among colleagues.  As a member of the Teaching, Learning and Research department, conduct general reference, outreach, library instruction/information literacy, collection development and liaison activities.”

Symposium Rushing to Revolution?

Symposium: Rushing to Revolution?
Open Access Models for Humanities Journals

October 17 – Utrecht

Up to this moment, there is no satisfying business model for Open Access journals within the Humanities. Yet, there is no turning back especially now the call for Open Access is strongly supported by politicians and funders. Is it possible to keep existing journals afloat in an Open Access world? Or do we need to make more radical choices by reforming publication culture and journal formats in the Humanities?

This symposium, organised by TS•> Tijdschrift voor tijdschrift¬studies and Utrecht University Library, will explore possible solutions for scholarly journals that are contemplating or planning a transition to Open Access, and for journals that are currently trying to survive in Open Access. Experts from the international field of Open Access publishing for Humanities will share their views and experiences. Furthermore, several journal editors who made the transition to OA will talk about their new business models and the challenges they are facing.
For the full program, and speaker details, please visit: