Academia Debate

AcademiaJune 3,  2014. Economy, food, environment, energy, water – whatever keyword you choose, the word crisis fits right behind it nowadays. In other words, ‘crisis’ can be attached to every single important social issue.
It goes without saying that as an institution, universities are not immune to this trend. Universities are a part of society and as such are confronted with the same consequences of choices made in the past that society has to deal with. After all, ivory towers do not exist.

In this section we want to present an overview of ongoing debates at universities, as well as offer a platform, by publishing articles that not only analyze how we got to this point, but also consider possible solutions.
Because one thing is clear: A lot of time and energy is focused on pointing out the cause of present issues. Simply put, neo-liberalism is supposed to be the source of much evil. And yes, before you can think of solutions, you have to get to the root of the problem.

Mankind succeeds in making the world a better place, one tiny step at a time. Even if we sometimes feel we are not moving very fast. At those times we see that progress stumbles, but proceeds to pull itself together in order to make another good-natured attempt.

One would expect us to learn from history. That from all those attempts, we manage to keep the good things and get rid of the bad. But it has always been, and will always be, a struggle to come up with solutions that work for all of us. That is what we want to focus on in this section, finding solutions. Besides analyses, we hope to receive ideas that will help all of us move forward. Ideas that prove universities are willing and able to help shape social debate. And ultimately, by doing that, help solve social issues.

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RQ – The Next Phase

RQLogoMaart 2014. Rozenberg Quarterly is doing well, as visits to the site are increasing. In December 2013 we were very content with 5000 visits a month, now in March, we are surpassing 8000 monthly visits.
We are offered more and more material for publishing. Coming soon, among many other articles, is a full text book about colonial education in the Democratic Republic of the Congo and a collection of essays dealing with the independence struggle in Indonesia. We are also working on two new sections. One about the dilemmas facing the constitutional state (rechtsstaat), the second will contain papers about the relationship between China and the rest of the world.

We have added three sections in the past two months. In the Affordable Housing Section we keep up with news about the consequences of urbanization. The Zorglab2015 section looks at the radical changes awaiting Dutch society now that health care will become a task of local authorities instead of the central government. Radical because this change coincides with massive budget cuts. Finally, in the Orbis section we present 70 essays organized around universal themes from cultures the world over.
Last but not least we still have 400 essays waiting for publication and a lot of plans and ideas for expanding and improving our website.

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2013 – The Year In Numbers

‘Tis the season for making lists.

Visits
Rozenberg Quarterly had 1041 visitors in January 2013. Today, December 18, the stats show 4534 visitors have found us this month. We will reach 5000 monthly visitors for the first time, which makes us more than content. Our goal is to have 10.000 monthly visitors by the end of next year.

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The Trade, The Dream And The Money

LogoRQSeptember 2013. It’s tempting to begin with a classic from my generation. The times they are a-changin’. And indeed, the times are changing.
In this article I will limit myself to the opportunities those changes can bring to our line of work – academic publishing.
Some of the main subjects of discussion within the trade form the basis of the idea behind Rozenberg Quarterly.

Rozenberg Quarterly (from now on: RQ) is based on the free distribution of academic texts, the open access culture.
See: http://legacy.earlham.edu/~peters/fos/overview.htm

Besides academic texts, which strive to tell the readers something about our world, the RQ offers (investigative) journalism and cultural subjects in order to further illustrate the fact that science and academics are not separate from the world in which we live.

The RQ went online in 2011. Initially the website was set up as a marketing tool for Rozenberg Publishers and others. However, we soon realized we could turn it into a “real” magazine, something I always wanted – publish a newspaper. Read more

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Het vak, de droom en het geld

LogoRQJuli 2013. De verleiding is groot om met een klassieker van mijn generatie te beginnen. The times they are a-changin’. En inderdaad, de tijden veranderen.
In dit stuk beperk ik me tot de kansen die de veranderingen binnen het vak  – het wetenschappelijk publiceren – ons bieden.

Twee van de belangrijke onderwerpen waar het vak over discussieert, vormen de basis voor het idee achter de Rozenberg Quarterly.
De Rozenberg Quarterly (vanaf nu: RQ) is gebaseerd op het gratis aanbieden van wetenschappelijke teksten, de open access cultuur.
Zie: http://legacy.earlham.edu/~peters/fos/overview.htm

Dat de RQ naast wetenschappelijke teksten ook (onderzoeks)journalistiek en cultuur aanbiedt, is om te illustreren dat wetenschap niet los van de wereld staat. Op hun beurt vertellen wetenschappelijke artikelen de lezers weer iets over de wereld waarin wij leven.

De RQ ging in 2011 online. De site was bedoeld als marketinginstrument voor o.a. Rozenberg Publishers. Al snel bleek dat het veel leuker was om er een ‘echt’ tijdschrift van te maken.

In april 2011 zijn we opnieuw begonnen en nu met het plaatsen van artikelen, enerzijds gebaseerd op boeken die Rozenberg uitgaf of uitgegeven heeft en  anderzijds op artikelen van mensen uit ons internationale netwerk. Langzaam maar zeker groeide de RQ. Read more

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RespectRight – Respecting the work

The blessings of the internet are numerous.
If I only limit it to the role that the internet plays in the distribution of  knowledge, I dare to speak of a dream scenario. Never before have so many people had easy access to so much knowledge. And for free in many cases.
I count our blessings and am satisfied.

But.
There is a but.
We try to earn a living by publishing books, mainly academic publications. In addition to the paper version, we also publish books as ebook.
We like to work customer friendly and therefore choose not to work for a user-unfriendly solution where the purchaser first needs to download the needed software before the purchased can be used. Also, we choose not to use software that restricts the buyer’s  possibilities of using the purchased on different devices to set.
Of course, you can also use a watermark so that the road to the buyer can be traced if the book suddenly pops up on a site.

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