Plan S Open Access Briefing

This morning I found myself in the centre of Dublin to attend an event at the Royal Irish Academy, in Dawson Street. Coincidentally this is just a few yards from the Mansion House, scene of the meeting of the First Dáil on 21st January 1919 (which I blogged about here) and also scene of the commemorations of its centenary yesterday. I’m guessing that the removals van was taking away some of the paraphernalia used for yesterday’s event.

Anyway, the event at the Royal Irish Academy organized by the National Open Research Forum (NORF) was intended to disseminate information about Plan S – a European initiative for Open Access publishing.

I have blogged about Plan S and some of the reactions to it before (e.g. here and here).

The main point is that comprehensive technical guidance on how to comply with Plan S and you can also submit feedback on the guidance here until the deadline of February 8th 2019. Full implementation is expected by January 2020. Things are moving relatively quickly, which is a very good thing. Some people thing this deadline is unrealistic, but I think it was a smart move to make it close so as to galvanize researchers into action.

I learnt a particularly interesting fact during the talk by Maynooth’s own Cathal McCauley, namely that the global revenues of the academic publishing industry amount to about, €22 billion per annum. This exceeds the global revenues of the recorded music industry. Profit margins for these publishers are much larger (up to 45%) than Apple, Google and BMW. The research community is being fleeced, and the worst offenders are the `Big Four’: Elsevier, Springer, Wiley and Taylor & Francis.

One of the main concerns expressed in the discussion session was the extent that move away from traditional journals might have a negative effect on early career researchers, as those responsible for hiring postdocs and new faculty members often concentrate on the journal in which their work is published rather than the work itself. The obvious way to address this problem to use article-level information rather than journal-level metrics, which is entirely feasible to do, but it is true that we need a change of culture across the board to make this work for the benefit of science as whole. I am optimistic about this, largely because I recall very well how rapidly the culture in astrophysics adapted to the existence of the arXiv. With regard to open access publishing the way forward is to disrupt the existing Academic Journal Racket by developing alternative modes publication which demonstrate benefits in cost, reach and simplicity, combined with pressure from funding agencies imposing mandates on publications arising from their grants.

There is no question in my mind that in just a few years, when Open Access is the overwhelmingly dominant mode of publication, researchers will look back and wonder why we ever put up with the absurd system we have at present.

As a final comment I’ll mention that the Open Journal of Astrophysics got a few mentions during the session. I’m hoping to make some exciting announcements about this journal very soon indeed. Before that, however, I have to go to Belfast to give a talk…

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4 Responses to “Plan S Open Access Briefing”

  1. Does the Open Journal Of Astrophysics mention the volumes of findings I have made that prove our world and cosmos, and, their famous “landmarks”, holy sites, holy mountains, as well as the stars, constellations, and galaxies, are all arranged in a simple mathematical pattern based on a 360 degree compass ? Example, and the opening of God’s story: The Dine’ (Navajo) Tribe Holy Mountains, said to be arranged to the four winds, are in fact mathematically arranged at the basic degrees of 15,35, and 50,etc., from the intersect-point at the Holy mountain called, ” center of the world “. The intersect point of these mountains is exactly 90 degrees north of the eastern-most point of Easter/ Rapa Nui Island, called ” navel of the world “……Get a Mercator Projection map and a protractor, put it on Easter Island, and you see that the famous Giza Plateau is 22.5 degrees from Easter Island. This 22.5 line also passes over a cross of valleys and rivers north of famous Machu Picchu, Peru and it’s holy river with aright-angle bend. From the radius of this right-angle, famous Stonehenge and it’s geometric is 45 degrees. This 22.5 line also passes through the Dead Sea, and it’s shores that are shaped in a simple geometric configuration whose north-shore aligns to point at the northern-most point of the old Jerusalem Wall. ( the Dead Sea outline also happens to match the outline of a full-body Easter Island Statue) This 4 degree line also goes around Earth to pass over the Hawaii Big Island and the Great Arrow Landmark Valleys Of Mount Sagarnatha/ Everest, and whose west valley, where a 67.5 degree ( another way of reading 22.5) line can be run down it, pointing to Bhudd Gaya, site of Bhudda’s enlightenment, and it’s geometric geologic features. Also, the holy sites of Jerusalem, of all 3 religions, are arranged in the same basic math pattern to eachother, Jesus’s Sepulcher Site, Mary’s Tomb, Western Wall, Al-Aska Mosque, Dome Of The Rock. This story goes on to unite the holy sites and mountains of all the world, with Jesus being the focal point of God’s Message. Note the mathematical alignments of the Virgin Mary sites Guadalupe, Lourdes, Kibeho, Medjugorge, Fatima. Note Guadalupe Basilica 180 degree align to Mauna Loa, Hawaii, and it’s image of the Virgin Mary in the caldera at it’s top, right on the Guadalupe Basilica line. Please forgive the crude production of my website and pages, I have to get these facts out to the world, and there is alot to say. See the findings on God’s Pattern and the famous WOW signal, The Arecibo Radio Burst, and even the astro-attention-getters: The Swopes Super Kilonova, and the recent AT2018cow (Nova?) see my other blog with politics at mathematicalsignsofgod.com Be sure to view the several pages on the Chaco Canyon geometry and it’s famous pictograph decode using God’s Geometric Key. Thank you, David Brenton

  2. […] I thought it might be useful for the research community in Ireland and beyond to share the slides for the presentations used on Tuesday’s Briefing on Plan S for Open Access.  […]

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