We met Alexander Kouker who just moderated a session at #oscibar about publishing at libraries and is kind enough to share his motivation, impression and outcomes of the session with us.
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!
Roman Gurinovich and his company is developing a software solution, Sci.AI, that aims to help scientists in structuring their research and publication activities. We’ve spoken with him after his session in which he introduced a first working prototype of the tool.
Konrad, our very own co-host here at the Open Science Radio, moderated a #s20bar session about Sci-Hub, seeking to shed light on whether this website shall considered good or bad. Here’s his short summary of this session.