Plos value addons

I just saw this, interesting. Many journals/societies are discussing the enhancements they provide in addition to the papers themselves. Discussion etc. in the form of blogs about the papers, but hosted by the journal directly is compelling. No reason that libraries could not also get into this and be the place for online academic discussion, or at least a particular subset thereof.

Introduction: Chris Lortie – Ecologist, runner, and ready for revolution.

Gil Scott-Heron.

You will not be able to stay home, brother.
You will not be able to plug in, turn on and cop out.
You will not be able to lose yourself on skag and
Skip out for beer during commercials,
Because the revolution will not be televised.
The revolution will not be televised.
This revolution will not be brought to you by journals or publishers.

The profits associated with publishers are ludicrous. Elitism is tiresome. Editors are the 1%. Time for a change. No need for fanfare and a big fight. Let’s discuss it, solve it, and offer solutions. Scientists do the work, secure the funding, write up the work, edit it for one another, and then in ecology and evolutionary biology, we hand it over to publishers to make money.¬†This revolution WILL put you in the driver’s seat.

Background
I am a community ecologist. I did an MSc on plant evolution and traits and a PhD on plant interactions at the community level. I study invasion and interactions in communities now, but I also try to include insects or scale the research to larger levels. Here is a summary of my participation in research.

Publishing, communicating, and collaborating are fascinating. The science of scientists, bias, and how we impede and impose on discovery are mysteries that we need to solve. I joined science because I love to solve problems and value creativity above all. Open access, open science, and greater transparency are sexy, and I want to see more of it. I began studying this a number of years ago when NCEAS funded a working group on the topic.

chris lortie