Special issue of Disability and Rehabilitation free for a limited time

Tuesday, 14 July 2015

Free access to all articles in a special Issue of Disability and Rehabilitation entitled 'Social Media and Communication' is now available until 22 August 2015.

Special issue of Disability and Rehabilitation free for a limited time

Disability and Rehabilitation is an international multidisciplinary journal, which seeks to encourage a better understanding of all aspects of disability and to promote rehabilitation science, practice and policy aspects of the rehabilitation process.

Leader of UON's Disability Research Network Associate Professor Bronwyn Hemsley recently co-edited a special issue of Disability and Rehabilitation on social media and communication. Following its release this week, Bronwyn obtained agreement from the publisher, Taylor and Francis, to give free access to all articles in the issue for a limited period. She did this by leveraging the @WeSpeechies Twitter account as a means to help disseminate the papers to people who lack sufficient access to peer-reviewed literature.

Co-administered with Dr Caroline Bowen, the rotation curation Twitter account @WeSpeechies started in 2014 and has over 4,000 followers globally. It is used with a new curator each week to stimulate discussions of evidence-based practice in speech pathology.

"The special issue is about social media and communication so it made sense to leverage our online communication forum to gain access to the articles for our followers who are active users of Twitter for professional learning," Hemsley said. "Our Twitter presence gave the publisher a good indicator that we could make a splash with the special issue."

Hemsley will curate the Twitter account from 16 August 2015, when followers can 'meet the authors' of articles in the special issue. 

Editor of the Journal Dave Muller is delighted with this outcome and personally thanked Hemsley for her leadership on the special issue, which is available for free until 22 August, 2015 at Disability and Rehabilitation: Social Media and Communication.


  • Bronwyn.Hemsley@newcastle.edu.au

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