At the Open Science Conference’s poster session, Martyn Rittman (Editor at MDPI Open Access Publishers and director of preprints.org) presented a poster about his research on preprint servers. He was so kind to share his insights with us in a short interview.
Lambert Heller (TIB) and Wolfgang Böttner (De Gruyter, OA journals for Societies) moderated a session on moving from traditional platforms to peer-to-peer networks as a basis for academic publishing. After the session they were so kind to share with us their impressions and main discussion points from the session.
Lambert Heller from TIB gave an ignition talk this morning at the Barcamp Open Science about why we should move scholarly publishing to peer-to-peer networks (Blockchain being one of the more widely known examples). He was also kind enough to give us a short overview about the reasons he (and his colleagues) identified.
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!