Pushing scholarly toward a 100% model. aeon.co/ideas/scholarly-publis

This Aeon article includes discussion on improving the way peer review, etc. works. The author (Tennant) says" "All of the technology and traits to build a hybridised scholarly commons infrastructure already exists. It is up to academic communities themselves to step away from their apathy and towards a fairer and more democratic system for sharing our knowledge and work."

@jc I'm sympathetic to the ideals of the movement, however, I'm pessimistic about "bottom-up" modes of activism in this area

I find that so much "open science" activism is just: shaming early career scientists, and saying sentences that begin with "if everyone would just ..."

If he were proposing the legal abolition of copyright on academic work, now *that* would be something else

@bgcarlisle yeah, it seems there are a bunch of difficulties—often institutional problems in not recognizing the merit of various non-traditional modes of publishing. I'm remembering a discussion where a tenured scientist mentioned how much she pushes back to ensure that her work is open access but that newer researchers have less leeway. A lot of innovative new things could happen but I think we need to figure out how to improve the institutional perspective to get to those. (1/2)

@bgcarlisle Also, I'm not certain that copyright is at the heart of the problem. Creative Commons licences require copyright to work and they extend a variety of use cases that wouldn't otherwise exist. More importantly, how would Moral Right fare without copyright? (2/2)

@bgcarlisle Oh, and I don't mean to say that copyright isn't a problem either. :-)

@jc I mean, how could copyright not be at the heart of the problem?

If the laws protecting scientific published work were taken down, literally all of science would instantly become open access

I'm all for shaking up the system

But if we're gonna do it, let's actually do it, and not just nag people about it

@bgcarlisle thinking "out loud" if no copyright for scientific work, what would happen in this scenario? 3 researchers finish an important project and disseminate their results (via whatever publishing mechanism). Suppose 2 of them omit all mention of the 3rd. Aside from unfairness, that would close off information from the community because a key researcher would be silenced. Since I understand that attribution is among the moral rights in copyright law, I guess there wouldn't be much recourse.

@jc The law doesn't compel attribution, though

Source: I was very flagrantly plagiarised and neither the journal, nor the "author," nor even the Committee on Publication Ethics, nor my home institution, nor the institution of the prof who stole my work felt compelled to do anything about it


@bgcarlisle that sounds like a pretty awful failing from the whole system.

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