Open Access Week 22-28 October 2018

Theme of 2018 International Open Access Week To Be “Designing Equitable Foundations for Open Knowledge”

The 2018 Open Access Week Advisory Committee is pleased to announce that the theme for the 2018 International Open Access Week, to be held October 22-28, will be “designing equitable foundations for open knowledge.”

This year’s theme reflects a scholarly system in transition. While governments, funders, universities, publishers, and scholars are increasingly adopting open policies and practices, how these are actually implemented is still in flux. As open becomes the default, all stakeholders must be intentional about designing these new, open systems to ensure that they are inclusive, equitable, and truly serve the needs of a diverse global community. This year’s Open Access Week invites all interested stakeholders to participate in advancing this important work.

Setting the default to open is an essential step toward making our system for producing and distributing knowledge more inclusive, but it also comes with new challenges to be addressed. How do we ensure sustainability models used for open access are not exclusionary? What are inequities that open systems can recreate or reinforce? Whose voices are prioritized? Who is excluded? How does what counts as scholarship perpetuate bias? What are areas where openness might not be appropriate?

These are not questions with easy answers. Rather, they are prompts for ongoing conversations that can help ensure that the foundation for a more equitable system of open research and scholarship is created thoughtfully and collaboratively. This year’s theme highlights the importance of asking the tough questions, staying critical, and actively engaging in an ongoing conversation to learn from diverse perspectives about how to make scholarship more equitable and inclusive as it becomes more open.

Established by SPARC and partners in the student community in 2008, International Open Access Week is an opportunity to take action in making openness the default for research—to raise the visibility of scholarship, accelerate research, and turn breakthroughs into better lives. This year’s Open Access Week will be held from October 22nd through the 28th; however, those celebrating the week are encouraged to schedule local events whenever is most suitable during the year and to utilize themes that are most effective locally.

The global, distributed nature of Open Access Week will play a particularly important role in this year’s theme. Strategies and structures for opening knowledge must be co-designed in and with the communities they serve—especially those that are often marginalized or excluded from these discussions altogether.

International Open Access Week is an important opportunity to catalyze new conversations, create connections across and between communities that can facilitate this co-design, and advance progress to build more equitable foundations for opening knowledge—discussion and action that must continue throughout the year, year in and year out. Diversity, equity, and inclusion must be prioritized year-round and integrated into the fabric of the open community, from how our infrastructure is built to how we organize community events.

For more information about International Open Access Week, please visit You can follow the conversation on Twitter at #OAWeek.

Translations of this announcement are available in Chinese, Hindi, Portuguese, and Spanish. If you are interested in contributing a translation of the this year’s theme or the full announcement in another language, you can find instructions for doing so here.

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About International Open Access Week
International Open Access Week is a global, community-driven week of action to open up access to research. The event is celebrated by individuals, institutions and organizations across the world, and its organization is led by a global advisory committee. The official hashtag of Open Access Week is #OAweek.


Univeristy of Maria Curie-Sklodowska in
Lublin, Poland
Received: 06-September-2018
Revised: 30-September-2018
Accepted: 05-October-2018
Online first 06-October-2018


Introduction: Women with intellectual disability have a low level of competencies that would allow them to better manage their sexuality; consequently, they have a low level of control over their own health.

Objectives: The article describes the results of author’s own research into selected aspects of sexual health of women with intellectual disability (ID). The focus has been on issues such as menstruation, health and gynecological care, pharmacologization, contraception, STDs, and menopause.

Methods: The research was conducted with 11 women using structured interviews.

Results: Results suggest that these women have a low level of competencies to manage and control health problems in an optimal way. Their behavior is determined by people from their living environment to a large extent. Women with ID report various abnormalities in the course of developmental phenomena and in their own health, indicating potentially serious diseases and disorders.

Conclusion:Women with intellectual disability require lifelong support in meeting their health needs. Such support should be provided by institutions of care, health and social assistance.

Key words: sexual health, intellectual disability, gynecological care, contraception, STD

Citation: Parchomiuk, M. Sexual Health Issues in Women with Intellectual Disabilities Preliminary Analysis of the Problem. Journal for ReAttach Therapy and Developmental Diversities.

Copyright ©2018 Parchomiuk, M. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC 4.0)

Corresponding address:
Faculty of Pedagogy and Psychology,
Univeristy of Maria Curie-Sklodowska in Lublin, Narutowicza

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ReAttach & Neurorevalidatie
Meanderstraat 15,
5563BL Westerhoven, The Netherlands
Received: 27-April-2018
Revised: 25-May-2018
Accepted: 16-July-2018
Online first 18-July-2018


INTRODUCTION: Physiotherapists pay more and more attention to improving sensory integration when treating people with a brain injury. It is also more common for physiotherapists to pay attention to cognitive rehabilitation and psychosocial factors. ReAttach is a short-term multimodal intervention combining: a) sensory integration, b) cognitive rehabilitation and c) systemic work.
Recently ReAttach was introduced in the field of neuro-rehabilitation and therefore it is professionally applied by medics (physiotherapists, speech therapists and occupational therapists) and by neuropsychologists as well.
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this case-study is to evaluate the effectivity of ReAttach in a patient with CVA by applying the intervention which includes stimulation of sensory integration and cognitive rehabilitation. Can this patient with CVA benefit from ReAttach?
METHOD: Five ReAttach sessions were applied to a patient with CVA in both hemispheres. Also his wife received five ReAttach sessions as part of the systemic approach. Pre- and post- measurements on functional skills, balance, fatigue and global condition were conducted to evaluate results. Follow up after 2 months.
RESULTS: The results of this case-study suggest that by simultaneously stimulating sensory integration, cognitive rehabilitation and influencing environmental factors (ReAttach) a significant positive change can be achieved in a patient with CVA.
CONCLUSION: Although this result is promising, more research is needed to further investigate the effectivity of ReAttach in larger controlled samples in neuro-rehabilitation. This case-study must be interpreted as a first positive impression.

Key words: Neurorehabilitation, physiotherapy, brain injury, medic, systemic approach, cognitive rehabilitation



Heesterbeek, C. ReAttach within Neurorehabilitation: A Case Report. Journal for ReAttach Therapy and Developmental Diversities. 2018 Aug 15; 1(1):36-43.

Copyright ©2018 Heesterbeek, C. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC 4.0)

Corresponding address:

ReAttach & Neurorevalidatie
Meanderstraat 15, 5563BL Westerhoven, The Netherlands

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Private practice, Nijmegen,
The Netherlands
Received: 27-April-2018
Revised: 18-June-2018
Accepted: 29-June-2018
Online first 2-July-2018


Introduction: ReAttach is a new, multi-modal psychological intervention based on the theoretical principles of arousal regulation, information processing and schema therapy. Practical research indicates that ReAttach significantly reduces psychological problems in both adults and children. Theories on ReAttach state that this is done by creating functional schemas, which in turn create more effective coping styles in clients and decrease psychological distress.

Objectives: This article aims to provide a better understanding of ReAttach theory and give insight in the treatment process.

Methods: This is done by linking theory to the treatment process of a young adult (N=1) with symptoms of social anxiety.

Results: The psychological distress in the client decreased from 32 (serious problems) to 12 (no problems).

Conclusion: ReAttach decreased symptoms of anxiety in the young adult and the theoretical principles of arousal regulation, information processing and schema therapy seem applicable to the case.

Key words: treatment, social anxiety, information processing, arousal regulation, schema therapy.


Citation: Ter Maat, R. Reducing Symptoms of Social Anxiety in a Young Adult: A Case Study on ReAttach. Journal for ReAttach Therapy and Developmental Diversities. 2018 Aug 15; 1(1):27-35.

Copyright ©2018 Ter Maat, R. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC 4.0)

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Cogent Psychodiagnostics Bangalore, India
Received: 27-April-2018
Revised: 19-May-2018
Accepted: 21-May-2018
Online first 25-May-2018


Emotional dysregulation has three major components which contribute to some of the major symptomatology in disorders like Obsessive Compulsive Personality Disorder, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, anxiety and stress. These components are: excessive intensity of emotions, poor processing of emotions and negative reactivity to emotions, which overlap as well as distinct symptoms with possible manifestations of emotional dysregulation like angry outbursts or behaviour outbursts such as destroying or throwing objects, aggression towards self or others, and threats to kill oneself, especially in young adults. These patients have a chronically and ongoing difficult time with the level of cooperation and social ability required for a healthy and fulfilling existence. ReAttach Therapy through its Multiple Sensory Integration Processing by Cognitive Bias Modification, has been found to be very helpful in the effective management of maladaptive emotions and helps developing interpersonal effectiveness, emotion regulation skills (expressing emotions effectively), behaviour control and distress situations management skills, which in turn helps the overall decrease in symptomatology of the above mentioned disorders.

Key words: Emotional Dysregulation, ReAttach Therapy, Cognitive Bias Modification,  Distress Situation Management Skills.

Citation: Chauhan, R. Effectiveness of ReAttach Therapy in Management of Emotional Dysregulation with OCPD, PTSD, Anxiety and Stress in Young Adults. Journal for ReAttach Therapy and Developmental Diversities. 2018 Aug 15; 1(1):15-26.

Copyright ©2018 Chauhan, R. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC 4.0)

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ReAttach Therapy International Foundation
Waalre, The Netherlands
Received: 23-June-2018
Revised: 26-June-2018
Accepted: 27-June-2018
Online first 28-June-2018


Introduction: Autism Spectrum Disorders can be defined as a complex and heterogenous area of clinical characteristics. Adults diagnosed with ASD show a lot of comorbidity and overlapping symptomatology with other neuropsychiatric conditions that require specific approaches. The development of ReAttach supports adynamic special educational model for autism. Indicating the clinical characteristics of ASD as a reflection of the pre-conceptual stage, the ReAttach for autism protocol is characterized by activating the skills that are required for integration, conceptualisation, imagination and coping. ReAttach starts with external arousal regulation by the therapist to obtain optimal environmental conditions for learning. The term dynamic refers to the personal growth that individuals with ASD and patients with other neuropsychiatric conditions have shown. If core ASD symptomatology, such as lack of coherency, monotropic information processing and social communication problems, can be reduced by intervention it is time to embrace a dynamic model for autism.

Objective: The objective is to propose a dynamic special education model for autism and to communicate how indicating the clinical characteristics of ASD as a reflection of the pre-conceptual stage sheds a different light on comparative research of ASD versus neurotypical groups.

Method: The procedure of a comparative study of an autism and a neurotypical control group is reviewed from a dynamic special education model. The questions and remarks about the instructions and findings are displayed.

Results: Reviewing the research procedure and findings from a dynamic special educational model sheds a different light on this comparative research of ASD versus neurotypical groups.

Key words: autism, pre-conceptual state of mind, special education.

Citation: Weerkamp – Bartholomeus, P. Autism: The Pre – Conceptual State of Mind. Journal for ReAttach Therapy and Developmental Diversities. 2018 Aug 15; 1(1):7-14.

Copyright ©2018 Weerkamp-Bartholomeus, P. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC 4.0)

Corresponding address:
ReAttach Therapy International Foundation
Frederik Hendrikstraat 13, 5583 CL Waalre, The Netherlands
Phone: 0031-624675619

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Vladimir Trajkovski
Institute of Special Education and Rehabilitation, Faculty of Philosophy, University “Ss. Cyril and Methodius, Skopje, Republic of Macedonia
Received: 05-May-2018
Revised: 12-May-2018
Accepted: 14-May-2018
Online first 15-May-2018


The number of journals is rapidly rising worldwide. There is public debate about published articles comparing the costs, benefits, and various pros and cons of printed versus electronic full-text journals. The advancement of online journals during recent years has given librarians a powerful new resource to support learning and research.

This article explores issues relating to the print publication process and the electronic publication process in order to clarify the unique advantages and disadvantages of each media. Most commercial sites are subscription-based, or allow pay-per-view access. Many universities subscribe to electronic journals to provide access to their students and faculty, and it is generally also possible for individuals to subscribe. An increasing number of journals are now available with open access, requiring no subscription. This is the case with the Journal for ReAttach Therapy and Developmental Diversities. Most working paper archives and articles on personal homepages are free; as are collections in institutional repositories and subject repositories. One of the great advantages of electronic journals is the possibility of acquiring article-level metrics.

Printed journals are portable and convenient, don’t require a device to read, have a high graphical resolution (easier to read) and are self-archiving. Printed journals should continue to survive, but only with a decrease in production and changes in content to suit more restricted niches left in the wake of the electronic journals.

Key words: e-journal, electronic journal, printed journal, academic journal, open access (OA), information technology (IT).


Citation: Trajkovski, V. A Comparison Between Electronic and Printed Journals. Journal for ReAttach Therapy and Developmental Diversities. 2018 Aug 15; 1(1):1-6.

Copyright ©2018 Trajkovski, V. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License (CC BY-NC 4.0)

Corresponding address:
Vladimir Trajkovski
Institute of Special Education and Rehabilitation, Faculty of Philosophy, “Ss Cyril and Methodius” University, 1000 Skopje, Republic of Macedonia.

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#JRTDD Call for papers Vol. 1, Issue 2

Respected colleagues and potential authors,
We want to announce that ReAttach Therapy International Foundation launched new journal entitled: Journal for ReAttach Therapy and Developmental Diversities (JRTDD). JRTDD is a multidisciplinary peer reviewed, international, electronic journal edited by the ReAttach Therapy International Foundation from the Netherlands. The following articles will be considered for publication: original and review articles, short report, letters to the editor, clinical experiences, survey of cases, doctoral dissertations, master of arts, editorials, rapid communications and other contributions from all the fields of reattach therapy, psychology, special education, rehabilitation, social policy, and the related sciences. The aim of the journal is to share and disseminate knowledge between all disciplines that work in the field of developmental disabilities. All articles will be critically reviewed by at least two unknown reviewers within 2 months, but longer delays are sometimes unavoidable. All manuscripts must comply with Authors Instructions. There are around 20 articles published per year. JRTDD allows free access (Open Access) to its contents and permits authors to self-archive final accepted version of the articles on any OAI-compliant institutional / subject-based repository. Journal for ReAttach Therapists and Developmental Diversities is devoted to the scientific study of disability and new schema therapy. The subject matter is broad and includes, but is not restricted to, findings from psychological, biological, educational, genetic, medical, psychiatric, and sociological studies, ethical, philosophical, and legal contributions that increase knowledge on the prevention and treatment of disability, and/or inform public policy and practice.
You are kindly invited to submit an article in our Journal. Please type them in Word format. Please use Times New Roman font with Font size 12. The manuscript can not exceed 20 pages or 30.000 characters (no spaces) with single paragraph A4 format including Abstract, Tables and Figures. The margins should be 2,5 cm from every side. The style of referencing is according to APA.
You should send the articles electronically via our web site. If there is any problem you can contact us on the following email:
The dead line for sending the manuscripts is September 30th 2018.

With respect,
JRTDD Editor-in-Chief
Prof. Dr. Vladimir Trajkovski

#JRTDD first issue of Voumen 1 has already been published

Dear colleagues and readers,
I would like to inform you that 1st issue of the 1st volume of Journal for ReAttach Therapy and Developmental Diversities is published online (August 15, 2018). A total number of 8 papers are published. Next Issue 2 of JRTDD for the 2018 year is expected to be published until December 31st, 2018.

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We invite you to the content of the JRTDD and we think that you will consider publishing with Journal for ReAttach Therapy and Developmental Diversities.

Call for papers for Vol.1, Issue 2 is open until September 30.

Suggested topics include but are not limited to

  • ReAttach Therapy,
  • Neuropsychological Research,
  • Medical Aspects of Disability,
  • Special Education Research,
  • Rehabilitation Research,
  • Social Aspects of Disability,
  • Master theses and PhD theses in the field,
  • Book Reviews in the field.

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