16 October 2021 | 345 hits

31 March 2021; 28 April 2021; 19 May 2021

Jointly Organized by
Association of Academies and Societies of Sciences in Asia (AASSA)
Indonesian Academy of Sciences (AIPI)

Supported by
InterAcademy Partnership (IAP)
Academy of the Social Sciences in Australia (ASSA)



1. Background

AASSA and AIPI supported by IAP and ASSA organized the international Webinar Series on Digital Scholarly Communication, held on 31 March, 28 April and 19 May 2021. Through conclusion made by the Webinars’ intensive discussions, the organizers and speakers would like to recommend some points for not only scholars, scientists, stakeholders and general public, but also to the world’s ones.

Based on three Series of the international Webinar on Digital Scholarly Communication, it is clear that the call for Open Access can be labelled as already having reached a global scale. As the powerful North-Western scientific oligopolistic publishers have become increasingly more powerful in the market, it is advisable that individual educational and/or research institutions or even countries of the south, the less developed countries, join those global organizations thereby strengthen their leverage against all-powerful giant scientific publishers. Even scholars from less advantaged societies should have equal access to quality and the most up-to-date research results to enable them to contribute to the universal knowledge ecosystem.

We have identified two issues of grave concern to call on other countries which have not yet done so to: 1 join the movement and struggle to create equitable access, referred to as Open Access OA as the part of wider definition of Open Science OS in which UNESCO is advocating for; and 2 combat predators and protect innocent scholars against financial abuse by predatory publishers. For this purpose, we shall rely on presentations of a number of speakers referred to below.

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