Jean-Sébastien Caux: Rethinking Academic Publishing, Open Access & SciPost

“Jean-Sébastien Caux is Professor in theoretical condensed matter physics at the University of Amsterdam. A Canadian citizen, he obtained his PhD in Oxford, was postdoctoral Fellow in All Souls, and moved to the Netherlands in 2003. Besides his research activities, he is actively involved in the reform of scientific publishing. He is the founder, implementer and current chairman of open access publication portal SciPost. Jean-Sébastien reflects on the current state of play of the scientific publishing landscape and copyright’s role. He talks about the open access movement and the major hurdles or speed bumps ahead. Jean-Sébastien unravels how his personal frustrations led to the creation of SciPost and discusses the effort’s long term sustainability. He makes a plea to change the institutional mindset and move towards Diamond Open Access.  Jean-Sébastien calls for academic rebellion and gives a word of warning about the next can of worms: publishers’ surveillance operations. Finally, he concludes by encouraging his fellow academics to educate themselves about copyright and the academic publishing machine.”

Webinar: Open Science in Practice – NWO-I

Information on the openness of scholarly journals is highly fragmented. This webinar will bring attention to two projects in the area of open access journals.  Governed by open science principles, SciPost journals publish open access, without paywalls or costs to authors. The Journal Observatory brings together journal information from different data sources under a single openly available interface. 

Speakers:

Jean-Sebastién Caux, University of Amsterdam, “Next stage development of SciPost’s publishing infrastructure”.
Ludo Waltman, University Leiden, “Journal Observatory – Toward integrated information about the openness of scholarly journals”

SciPost: Job Opening details

“Full-stack Web Developer

SciPost is a not-for-profit, by-and-for scientists organization aiming to reform the world of scientific publishing.

We are looking for a seasoned full-stack web developer to help us implement our expansion plans, recently funded from the NWO Open Science Fund .

We offer highly flexible terms, coupled to your level or expertise and preferred level of involvement. Preference will be given to candidates with the best technical expertise, familiarity with the frameworks we use, sense of responsibility and general professional attitude.

Job description

We are looking for one or two developers capable of contributing to one or both of the following activities:

frontend improvements (improve presentation and user experience)

backend improvements (improve underlying systems and their deployment)

The position(s) are offered flexibly, depending on availability and qualifications. Funds are available to cover an equivalent of six months full-time.

Though the head office is situated in Amsterdam’s Science Park, this job provides the opportunity to work remotely and flexibly….”

AUSTRIAN CONSORTIUM ANNOUNCES SUPPORT OF SCIPOST

As the first consortium worldwide, the Austrian Science Fund (FWF) and ten Austrian research institutes support SciPost, an Open Access publication platform in the field of physics. SciPost is free of charge for readers and authors and is based on an international cost-sharing model of leading institutions. The platform is supported by a large number of high-level researchers and has already published several first-class articles, including some from Austria….”

UvA’er verruilt vermaard Elsevier-journal voor open access-platform – Folia

From Google’s English: “Gianfranco Bertone, UvA physicist and until recently editor-in-chief of Elsevier’s Physics of the Dark Universe…announced Friday his departure as editor-in-chief of the renowned physics journal Physics of the Dark Universe on Twitter. ‘I have resigned as editor-in-chief of Elsevier’s’ Physics of the Dark Universe ‘and intend to support open access not-for-profit publishers such as @scipost_dot_org,’ Bertone wrote….When he joined Physics of the Dark Universe in 2011, the plan was to change the subscription model in such a way that the entire magazine would be open access, says Bertone. ‘It has been a fantastic scientific adventure, but in the end we did not manage to create the business model that we had in mind. It was time for me to look at other possibilities to realize my vision. ‘ …”