One of our ongoing goals at The Scholarly Kitchen is to increase the range of voices and opinions found on the blog, particularly bringing in more geographic diversity. Our core set of bloggers are all based in the US and the UK, but as scholarly research from outside of these regions continues to increase both its quantity and its importance, an understanding of the scholarly communications global landscape is increasingly useful. While we’ve discussed the struggles we’ve had in bringing in a more global perspective (writing regularly requires significant time and effort; it only seems to appeal to a relatively small percentage of people; voicing what may be a controversial opinion publicly requires a certain level of security and privilege); we have had some success through both interview and guest author posts.
Since it may seem like you only read posts here from the same old authors pictured at right, we wanted to call your attention to a few posts you may have missed that bring in voices from around the globe:
Naveen Zehra Minai offers a great overview of what conditions are like for researchers in “regions in Africa, Asia, Europe, and the Americas which are not part of institutionalized networks of power, authority, visibility, and access in global academia.”
Gender bias and the #MeToo movement have been focuses at The Scholarly Kitchen, and those same problematic forces create particular issues and challenges in the Global South. Chef Siân Harris looks at a project interviewing researchers from Tanzania, Kenya, Nepal, Somalia and Sierra Leone.
After putting together an “Ask The Chefs” post about ways to increase diversity, we similarly reached out to colleagues across Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Their responses, “give valuable perspectives on diversity of scholarly communication and on what is meant by the question itself, by providing responses about the diversity of the people involved but also about diversity of research output.”
Open access models and policies are largely being driven by regions that have well-established infrastructure and significant levels of research and library funding available. In order to think about these approaches more globally, we reached out to some of our regular bloggers, but also to librarians, publishers, and researchers from different regions for their thoughts.
While this sampling of posts offers valuable information, we recognize that they are only beginning to scratch the surface of what we need to understand to help make scholarly communication a truly global enterprise. We want to do a better job in providing a platform where these voices can help drive positive change. Let us know in the comments below what you would like to learn more about from librarians, researchers, and publishers from around the globe. And if you’re one of those librarians, researchers, or publishers, let us know what you think we need to cover — guest posts always welcome!