The Right to Research Coalition (R2RC) is pleased to announce the appointment of Joseph McArthur as the coalition’s first Assistant Director. Joe joins the R2RC as an accomplished Open Access advocate, having co-founded and co-led the Open Access Button. The Open Access Button aims to illustrate the impact of paywalls around scholarly research articles, and the project has gained significant attention both within and beyond the Open Access community, including from the Guardian, Scientific American and EU science ministers. Joe also has a strong background in working with student organizations, including many years as a leader within Medsin-UK, the UK’s largest student run global health network.
As the Assistant Director of the Right to Research Coalition, Joe’s primary responsibility will be in further strengthening the coalition’s engagement with its membership of more than 75 student organizations, which collectively represent nearly 7 million students in over 100 countries around the world. While based in London, Joe will play a large role in organizing and amplifying the student voice to advocate for policies promoting Open Access to scholarly outputs across the EU and beyond. Joe will also support preparations for OpenCon 2014, the student and early career researcher conference on Open Access, Open Education and Open Data, as well as for International Open Access Week. Finally, Joe will continue to play a major role in leading the Open Access Button toward continued success as the project enters its next stage of development and nears a major release.
The Right to Research Coalition is an international alliance of graduate and undergraduate student organizations, which collectively represent nearly 7 million students in over 100 countries around the world, that advocate for and educate students about open methods of scholarly publishing. The Right to Research Coalition is supported by SPARC.