Did you know that there are over a thousand academic journals in Ukraine, of which over 700 are open access journals? With the invasion of the country, which began in February 2022, and the expansion of the war zone, their scientific activity has been impacted. Although there are currently several initiatives to support Ukrainian researchers - such as the Science for Ukraine initiative -, there is still a lack of support for other professionals working in knowledge generation, such as librarians, publishers and administrative staff. With this in mind, a collaborative funding initiative, "Supporting Ukrainian Editorial Staff" (SUES) was launched last May 4.
The initiative arises from several European institutions, infrastructures and organisations; the Institute of Literary Research of the Polish Academy of Sciences (IBL-PAN), OPERAS, Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ), Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB), Electronic Information for Libraries (EIFL), Association of European University Presses (AEUP), as well as a number of French scientific publishers. The purpose of the action is to help academic journals and publishers in Ukraine continue their publishing activities through crowdfunding.
The campaign was launched on OPERAS' channel on the WeMakeIt platform and is open until June 6. Contributions with rewards for supporters are available from €20. The possibility to contribute with any amount is also available if no reward for participation is desired. Check out the different options and rewards at this link.
OPERAS crowdfunding channel
SUES (Supporting Ukrainian Editorial Staff) is the first project available on the crowdfunding channel of OPERAS. The purpose of the channel is to promote the use of collaborative funding in the area of Social Sciences and Humanities, with the support from We Make It experts and the OPERAS community. The first researchers who launch their campaign on the channel in 2022 will receive, as a bonus, extra support offered by an external communication agency funded by the French Ministry of Education, Research and Innovation.
Want to know more? On 24 May, the TRIPLE project, which is one of OPERAS' infrastructure dedicated services, will offer an online workshop with more details about the channel. It will be an occasion to learn about how to create and disseminate your own campaign! Follow UC Open Science on social media (Twitter, Instagram, Facebook) to be informed as soon as registrations are open.
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> Support for SUES: https://wemakeit.com/projects/support-to-ukrainian-editors
> The crowdfunding channel is launched as one of the innovative services of the GoTriple platform, developed by the TRIPLE project.
Learn more about the platform here: https://www.gotriple.eu