When do we need to have signed the new statement to maintain our membership?
We expect to gradually broaden the coalition’s focus over 2015 and into 2016. We know organizations might only have few opportunities a year to pass policies to support the updated statement and so signing the new statement could take a year or more. Our timeline is flexible and we’ll be observing and talking with members to ensure we maintain a strong coalition through the transition. Organizations will be given notice of when their membership of the coalition will be terminated.
What do I do if only some of these issues are important to my organization?
The internet has revolutionized everything except research and education—the very things it was build to advance. We need to change that. To turn students into graduates, to transform ideas into industries, to translate breakthroughs into better lives.
You can find our info pages on the topics here, and we challenge you to learn about each issue without concluding they’re something your organization can take a stance on!
What happens if we don’t pass the updated statement before the transition ends?
If you don’t pass the statement, eventually we will have to end your membership of the Right to Research Coalition. However, we may continue to note your organization supported the original statement on Open Access alone and possibly even as a “legacy” member.
How many others have supported this issue?
OpenCon, our coalition’s conference and community on these issues has found incredibly strong support for these issues among students and early career researchers. While there are no doubt still issues facing each of these causes, we’ve found thousands of young people through OpenCon who are passionate about ensuring Open Research and Education is the future.
Many of our members have already made strides to adopt this broader range of issues, include NAGPS, IFMSA, UAEM, Open Access Nepal and Open Access Nigeria. You can find all the members who have signed the new statement here.
What else is happening as part of this transition?
Adopting a new statement as a coalition is just the first step of this transition. As part of this we also expect to undergo a website redesign and content/resource generation to reflect our broader range of issues. OpenCon is our first major initiative combine each of these areas, and it’s active community is taking huge action these issues. We hope that Coalition members will also take this transition as the opportunity to establish projects to support these new areas.
Can organizations who didn’t sign the original statement sign the updated statement?
Who can join the Right to Research Coalition?
Originally, it was only student-led organizations. However, after significant interesting in these issues from early career researchers has become a powerful force for change we thought it was important for their membership to be accepted. We currently allow student, and early career research led organizations to join.