The Academy is Broken Stories

Technical and legal barriers

* Research products (data, materials, source code, etc.) often cannot be reused due to technical and legal restrictions (e.g. copyright).

* Overly restrictive copyright transfer agreements impede knowledge circulation, and contribute to an oligopoly of publishers and information service providers.

Deficits of the Current Scholarly Communication System:
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Kraker, P., Dörler, D., Ferus, A., Gutounig, R., Heigl, F.,... more »

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Earth Science Preprints - Ideas and Action Items

Roadmap and Action Items

Having objectives and milestones will help focus discussions and move the entire process forward. What are these milestones? What is a reasonable timeframe?

Here are a couple of suggestions.

1.) Gather commitments from other societies (e.g. AGU, EGU, GSA, Geoscience World) to join with the ESIP Preprint Cluster as an initial advisory board (deadline: October)

2.) Generate by-laws and initial set of tasks for advisory... more »

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Technical Infrastructure

ESIP does not intend to host the physical infrastructure of Earth science preprints. Rather, we'd like to work with our community partners to leverage free and open-source software/infrastructure. With the growing interest in preprints several options have emerged: http://wiki.esipfed.org/index.php/Pre_Print_Services We are currently leaning toward the Center for Open Science's system coupled with the PLOS QA system.... more »

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Academic Commons Solution Stories

Commons regularly respond to the requirements of commoners

Academy commons will need to be reflexively learning to address internal and external issues. The way forward requires an effort that spans the entire practice of scholarship, from intellection to publication. Researchers face the task of redesigning the scholarly workflow, while they inject these new modes of doing research and publication into the broader academy.

Scholars and scientists want to accomplish their research,... more »

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Better than Tenure: new thoughts on the bargain between universities and their faculty

What is better than tenure? Here are the beginnings of potential guidelines, a strawman to build from. What's YOUR solution?:

1) A university-wide pay scale for teaching courses that allows for incremental adjustments for years served, and bonuses for class size and results (how do we want to measure results?). No second-class citizens in this system. Everyone who steps up to teach has the rank of professor. The full-time... more »

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The Academy is Broken Stories

Journal Impact Factors (From PLOS Blog)

http://blogs.plos.org/plos/2017/06/impact-factor-genie-back-in-the-box/
QUOTE:
"Unintended Consequences

The real question for Schmid is how to get the “impact factor genie” as she calls it, “back in the box.” Why is this so important? Scientists and publishers often focus on the limitations of JIFs and the benefits of evaluating work at the article rather than journal level. However, there are more than just limitations... more »

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Varieties of Self-Governance in Networked Spaces (A Partial List)

There are a wide variety of possible self-governance regimes that a group can use in networked spaces. Below is a listing of some of the more salient ones, but this list is clearly incomplete. This topic is generally under-theorized even though there are plentiful examples, most of them hybrids.

* Benevolent founder & director, e.g., Craig Newmark (Craigslist), Linux Torvalds (Linux) and crowdfunded projects.
* Open... more »

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Academy commons stimulate behaviors that support openness in all stages of the research cycle

Incentives in academy commons are designed to stimulate behaviors that support the production and dissemination of the best scholarship and science. They encourage respect for commons governance and rules and they discourage behaviors and practices that inhibit participation. They apply to all stages of and participants in the research cycle. They respect and support non­standard research outputs (such as datasets, software)... more »

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Commons in the academy are developed and governed by their members through their practice

Commons are agreements among members (commoners) to grow and steward scholarly and scientific objects as a common resource that can (help) sustain open scholarship.

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The commons starts with people: a community of commoners. To paraphrase Peter Linebaugh, there is no commons without commoners.

This means that there is no single organisation or person responsible for oversight of the commons. There is no gatekeeper... more »

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Incentives in need of improvement

* The quantity of research output is often valued over its quality. Scholars are incentivised to publish research results in small pieces, which boosts the overall costs of academic publishing while impeding new, original research.

* Scholarly communication is constrained by current reward structures largely favouring publication of research results in renowned academic publishing venues.

* Peer review is not adequately... more »

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The 2.5% Commitment to Support Shared Research Infrastructure

Academic research disciplines and libraries are losing control of scholarly infrastructure, which is making more elements of scholarly and scientific research dependent upon a few industry players that are exploiting their dominance of certain platforms for software, publishing, data analytics, and more. The top five academic publishers now account for nearly 50% of all journal articles, and new business strategies seek... more »

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In academy commons, the form research is disseminated in is determined by the needs of the research itself

Academy commons encourage research to be disseminated in the form that makes the most sense for that research: i.e. as a dataset, software, clinical practice notes, letters, blogs... or articles and monographs. They discourage the use of inappropriate forms solely for reasons of tradition, metrics, or to satisfy reward or evaluation systems (e.g. the publication of an article in order to claim credit for a dataset or... more »

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how do we re invent the very concept of a professional society

when the first scientific academies were created, coming out of guild and medieval societies, there was a real sense of 'professional amateurs' ( levy leblond calls that 'amatorat' in his writing). and that people would cluster socially and then create shared resources

todays attempts like academia.edu and research gate it seems to me are failing

coupled to this is the problem that we havent developed yet how to create... more »

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