Joseph McArthur, Assistant Director, Right to Research Coalition
Joseph McArthur is the Assistant Director of the Right to Research Coalition, SPARC’s student initiative. Joe is responsible for organizing and amplifying the student voice to advocate for policies promoting open research and education across the EU and beyond. Joe works to further strengthen and leverage the Right to Research Coalition’s engagement with its membership of more than 90 student organizations, which collectively represent nearly 7 million students in over 100 countries around the world. He also supports preparations for Open Access Week and OpenCon in addition to leading OpenCon’s community and satellite event initiatives, to ensure the conference has a year-round, global impact.
Prior to joining SPARC, Joe co-founded the Open Access Button, a suite of tools to get access to articles behind paywalls, either by finding free, legal alternatives or requesting an author make a copy available. The project has gained significant attention both within and beyond the Open Access community. Joe continues to lead the Open Access Button, which is supported by SPARC.
Joe studied Pharmacology at University College London, worked for the pharmaceutical industry, and has many years of experience leading student organizations.