Something is rotten in the state of Denmark. Academic publishing that is. And actually not only in Denmark. Even though open access publishing has picked up quite a bit over the last years, academic publishing today is still rather dominated by legacy publishers who mainly play their old game without much signs of changing and adapting to current technological and scientific developments. In fact, many of them are not even showing much willingness to consider changing. A lot of the recent studies and arguments point out that a complete transition to open access publishing potentially yields many positive social effects for the academic system and society as a whole, and even might achieved quite substantial savings. We had the great opportunity to talk Björn Brembs about these points, the obstacles, the necessary steps and a vision of how a publishing infrastructure could look like.
We apologize for the less optimal audio quality and hope you’re still enjoying the conversation. Have fun!Episode Info: Duration 1:39:50 Recorded on 28-02-2018, Published on 01-03-2018
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Introduction Björn Brembs00:00:46
Drosophila; — Professor of Neurogenetics at the Institute of Zoology at the Universität Regensburg;.
The flaws of the system00:03:27
Björn’s blog post about whether a cost-neutral transition to Open Access would be realistic; — On average a scientific article costs 5,000 USD (based on estimations); — SciELO; — NIH; — Scholastica; — ScienceOpen; — F1000 Research; — Gold Open Access; — Nature; — Nature is on the record to need to charge 50,000 USD per article to maintain current revenue levels; — Springer Nature; — Collective Action Problem;.
Where to start a change?00:35:29
Acquisition of Mendeley by Elsevier; — Elsevier profit exceeds 1 Billion Euro in 2017; — UN lists more than 7 Million full-time equivalents researchers; — Elsevier Vice Presidents for Government Relations; — Carolyn Malone and Darrell Issa drafting a bill making Green Open Access illegal in the US; — Darrell Issa; — Carolyn Maloney; — Research Works Act; (Angelika Lex, VP Academic and Government Relations DACH - Elsevier;) — Germany’s Corruption Index; — Bibliometrics;.
Björn’s review article in Frontiers: „Prestigious Science Journals Struggle to Reach Even Average Reliability“; — Reproducibility crisis; — Science article about fickle mice revealing already „reproduction“ problems;.
collaborative authoring environment; — eduroam; — Elsevier acquisition of bepress; — List of Elsevier’s acquisitions; — Vendor lock-in; — Research software engineers; — Open standards; — DEAL consortia in Germany;.