MAYBE somewhere in the universe there is a different system of research communication. But since we still only have this one, which is widely criticized, we have to talk about how to improve it. This post collects some of the ideas from the EC Workshop on Alternative Open Access Publishing Models, which I attended last week and my comments on them. Have a look at the presentations available on-line here and feel free to disagree with me. A Dyson Sphere is a hypothetical, artificial mega-structure aimed to absorb a huge amount of energy from the star, with an enormous number of […]
Unfortunately, the summer has ended and academics are back at work. Some people prefer sunny outdoor activities to attending engaging workshops and conferences, but let’s be honest – we all have been waiting for this autumn. Now, we can enjoy Open Access Week again and the enormous number of other Open Access events. Now we have to face the problem of excess and we have to decide which events are worth attending. This post is not aiming to select the best events. I would just like to share my opinion about what I find the most interesting. 1) Open Access Week Open Access Week, themed “Open […]
One of the most prestigious scientific societies in the world, Germany-based Max Planck Society for the Advancement of Science, with 83 research institutes in several countries in Europe, is organizing a conference and workshop for early career representatives from each Max-Planck-Institute. The Open Access Ambassadors event is taking place in Munich 3-4 December and is supported by the EU program FOSTER and several other sponsors, including De Gruyter Open. Even though the event audience is limited to the representatives of Max Planck Institutes, I think it is still worth mentioning. Why? The Society is an unquestionable leader of the change […]
In Berlin on 22 October? Eager to learn and share about Open Access? Join the Open Access Week event co-organized by De Gruyter Open. We invite you to prepare your own short presentation. To participate, up to five image based slides should be sent to email@example.com by Monday October 20th. More details here. The event is free but seats are limited. Register via Facebook.
Summertime invites traveling. Of course you could just visit Tenerife, taking advantage of cheap flights, or spend some time in the Alps. But you should know that the Open Access community is offering a tempting opportunity to spend the warm months traveling from one Open Access event to another, or at least to follow the conference proceedings and presentations on-line. Even If you do not travel to Bloomington, Indiana, US, to take part in the WebSci2014 conference, you can spend some time studying the papers accepted to ‘Altmetrics14: expanding impacts and metrics workshop’ that is part of it. Yes, accepted […]