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.┬áThis 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

Introduction: Jarrett Byrnes

Hello everybody! Two weeks until the start of open publication working group. To accelerate the actual work of the group, and to help fold in those members who are not going to be able to be here for meeting one, I’d like us to take the next week to post a short introduction to ourselves.

Briefly, if you could give a little background of who you are, what your interests are in Open Access, and what you hope to accomplish in this group. Also, post a picture so we know who each other are before we start. I’ll start.

So, I’m Jarrett Byrnes. I’m currently a postdoctoral fellow at the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, although I’ll be starting faculty at UMass Boston this fall.

While I’m an Ecologist by trade, I’ve long been interested in how the internet and technology can help us accelerate the pace of the scientific conversation and collaboration. I’ve been blogging about my research and since about 2003 and use Twitter actively primarily as a means to communicate with my peers. Last year, I co-founded the #SciFund Challenge, an experiment in science crowdfunding to spur outreach and engagement by scientists with the broader world around them.

I’m interested in Open Access because, frankly, it just makes sense as the next evolutionary step for scientific discourse. All of this closed manuscripts, closed data, papers hidden behind paywalls – it simply makes no logical sense to me if our goal is to have science be as fast and furious as possible. Science does not benefit from restrictions in access to the fruits of ones’ colleagues’ labor. We have the technology to change this. And I think it is high time we do so.

So what do I want to get out of this group? Frankly, I’m hoping that we can come together in the room, consider the major issues of how work goes from being raw data to being birthed as a piece of the scientific discourse, and figure out just how that should happen given the technology and social milieu that is available to us. I’ve mused on this before. Frankly, I’d like to walk away at the end of the week with a blueprint in hand, and plans on the table as to how to create this next generation of Open scholarly publishing. I realize this is ambitious, but, I think we can do it.