Blog post by Sarah Stryeck and Sandra Franco Iborra
We are very happy to announce that the ASAPbio Community Action Group kicked off on March 15th. With this Community Action Group, ASAPbio is looking to support our community members in spreading the word about preprints within their institutions and communities and inspire them to take steps locally in support of preprints. The group will develop resources, support others in running their own actions, and collate activities and success stories about preprints around the world.
The group has launched with 12 participants from both Europe and North America working on/with background in research, open science, education and outreach, and the publishing sector. The group will meet bimonthly and is chaired by Marco Fumasoni (Harvard University, US) and Sarah Stryeck (University of Technology, Graz, Austria), both 2020 ASAPbio Fellows.
In the kick-off meeting, the group discussed areas to work on, within the three broad categories of resources, outreach activities and success stories. The group then shortlisted a few items to focus on initially. In detail, over the next months the ASAPbio Community Action group will work together on:
(i) Raising awareness about preprints in the Global South,
(ii) Maximising the visibility of the existing ASAPbio infographics,
(iii) Engaging with skeptics including advocacy conversations, and
(iv) Developing a quickstart guide for advocacy actions.
We are very grateful about this community effort, the great interest and the enthusiasm that all the members brought to the programme to define the roadmap for the coming months.
If you’d like to know more about the Community Action Group and get involved, feel free to contact us via Iratxe at firstname.lastname@example.org. We are always looking for more members who can help us build our list of ideas and goals, and contribute to resources and activities. At the end of the year, we will review the programme and develop the community further. We look forward to sharing further updates as our work progresses in the next months, so stay tuned!