Copyright and systematic reviews: do researchers have to break the rules to produce good quality research?

Jane Falconer is a medical librarian with over 20 years experience in medical charities, the NHS and Higher Education. She is currently the User Support Services Librarian at the London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine, responsible for all user-facing library services, including user training and support, membership, access and enquiry support, reading lists, interlibrary loans and liaison services. She also provides literature searching support for systematic reviews, she has created and run the searches on a number of projects including the Lancet Commission on Planetary Health and the WHO Guidelines on Heptatitis B and C Testing. ORCID: Jane got in touch via Twitter as she was frustrated by copyright laws that prevented her sharing medical articles with researchers around the world. Here’s what she told us…..

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The Scholarly Commons Must Be Developed on Public Standards

By Björn Brembs and G. Geltner

[This article first appeared in the LSE Impact Blog on 11 January 2018]

It’s not every day that a neurogeneticist and a medieval historian write a post together, let alone for the LSE Impact Blog. But the overall urgency to provide scholarship with a Web 2.0 infrastructure clearly straddles all fields. As highlighted by recent debates about net neutrality, access to information on the web constantly faces the threat of being increasingly defined by narrow financial interests. It’s the same with access to scholarship, which is becoming the privilege of the few; that is, those who can pay handsomely for it. Perhaps the first to be impacted are professional academics who cannot afford to publish in or subscribe to “prestigious” journals that charge high fees, or access books and databases behind expensive paywalls. But the ripple effects for society at large will arrive quickly and be devastating. Journalists, medical and legal clinics, think tanks, local government agencies, students and teachers, families and local businesses; all rely on critical scholarship to plan and make important decisions on a daily basis. Continue reading “The Scholarly Commons Must Be Developed on Public Standards”

Clearing the Garden

By April Hathcock and Guy Geltner

[Under peer-review for UKSG Insights Magazine]

In eco-biology, an “invasive plant species” is one that takes over a natural habitat and competes with native species for food, air, water, and other resources. The invasive species grows exponentially such that native species are no longer able to survive. At some point, native plants die out, leaving the invasive species to thrive in a monopoly over its new habitat. Scholarly communications is one such habitat in which we as researchers have allowed an invasive species—the private, for-profit academic publishing industry—to take over the resources we need and use to create and disseminate knowledge. With a revenue stream of $10 billion (and growing), private, for-profit academic publishing is threatening to choke out all other, smaller forms of knowledge creation and dissemination, leaving companies like Elsevier, Springer, Sage and Wiley, as the sole plants in the scholarly communication garden. At ScholarlyHub, we’re determined not to see that happen and are working to clear the garden, a little space at a time, to allow for research to continue to grow and thrive in its natural environment: the world of non-profit, researcher-owned and operated scholarly communication.

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Sci-Hub’s Domain Inactive Following Court’s Order

Sci-Hub's domainFollowing a recent ruling by a district court in Virginia in favor of the American Chemical Society (ACS), several domains of the controversial pirate website, Sci-Hub, have become inactive. In addition to slapping $4.8 million in damages, the ruling also stated that internet search engines and web-hosting services should refrain from providing access to such…
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Kudos launches solution to illegal sharing of copyright content

For immediate release, November 15th, 2017 –– Kudos, the award-winning service for maximizing the reach and impact of research publications, has announced the launch of its shareable PDF solution, which helps publishers prevent copyright infringement and reclaim lost usage from sharing of research articles on scholarly collaboration networks (SCNs). Continue reading “Kudos launches solution to illegal sharing of copyright content”

Launch Week’s FFAQs

It’s been a hectic and sometimes exhilarating first live week for us here at ScholarlyHub. The genuine interest and warm words our plan received, in private and on social media, bodes well for the broad support we will need once the funding campaign is launched (stay tuned!). A few critical and important points were raised, however, which we felt should to be addressed immediately. Some of them meant eliminating ambiguities or errors from our FAQs, while others are dealt with below. The following responses may not satisfy everyone, but at this very early stage we consider them to be the most responsible way of clarifying certain concerns: Continue reading “Launch Week’s FFAQs”

Academics Push for Alternative to ResearchGate

By Cristina Gallardo 8 November 2017

Original article in RF

A group of academics based in Amsterdam is raising funds to build a social network and open-access repository platform without the financial motivations of ResearchGate.
ScholarlyHub, which launched the first iteration of its site last week, aims to raise €500,000 through crowdfunding to develop an open-access repository and social network that responds to scholars’ needs rather than to financial interests, according to its founder Guy Geltner, a professor of medieval history at the University of Amsterdam. Continue reading “Academics Push for Alternative to ResearchGate”

Scholars Launch Non-Profit Rival to ResearchGate and


Original article in THE

Would you pay $25 (£19.10) a year to use a not-for-profit alternative to ResearchGate or

A group of open access campaigners are raising money to build a rival to academia’s biggest social networks, who they say cannot be trusted to put researchers’ interests first.

ScholarlyHub is trying to raise up to €500,000 (£446,000) in order to build a platform that would at once be a social network, publishing platform and repository. Continue reading “Scholars Launch Non-Profit Rival to ResearchGate and”

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