Rethinking Academia is an initiative aimed at organizing events (e.g., panel discussions, talks) to spread awareness about the current structural controversies emerged within academics. The academic environment is, in fact, facing a number of systemic problems — such as inclusiveness, the organisation of the scientific publishing, and the attribution of funding — that hardly find dedicated platforms where to be discussed by researchers.
The first meeting organised within this framework focuses on the scientific publishing system. The publishing system plays a fundamental role in science, inasmuch as scientific findings are proclaimed and evaluated through scholarly journals. Yet, the publishing system is engaged in multiple controversies: the problem of open accessibility, the justification of retaining the authority to evaluate the relevance of scientific work, and the lucrative aspect of private publishers are only some of them. The aim of this public debate is hence to facilitate stimulating discussions on the current working machinery of the publishing system, in order to incentive an active participation in the controversy of whether the publishing system shall be revised given the different level of accessibility that the use of internet enables.
Short introductory talks by national and international experts will be followed by a joint panel discussion:
16:00-17:30 Short Talks:
Prof. Maximilian Fochler – Historical Overview on Scientific Publishing
Assistant Prof. Toma Susi – Introduction to the European Open Access initiative 'Plan S'
Mag. Brigitte Kromp – Transformative publishing agreements within the context of 'Plan S'
Prof. Jean-Sébastien Caux – Beyond Open Access: SciPost
Dr. Marcus Huber – 'Quantum', challenges, costs and solutions for community led publishing
Dr. Daniel Hook – 'Discovering, Sharing, and Accessing Content – Challenges and Solutions'
18:00 Panel discussion
For more details concerning the content of each talk, refer to the Book of Abstracts.