I believe in freedom, not being someone’s bitch. The science-journal publishing industry has become criminally insane and turned professional academia into my worst nightmare.
You’ve heard of prostitution rings, gambling rings and extortion rings. Now there’s a “peer review ring.”
This isn’t good for science, and it sucks-ass for scientists whose purpose-in-life is being made a fool of by a bullshit system.
Darwin, Einstein, Aristotle… None of them would have put up with this shit. And neither should we.
WW-PhD? (What would Peter Higgs Do?)
As Peter Higgs said after he won last year’s Nobel Prize in physics, “Today I wouldn’t get an academic job. It’s as simple as that. I don’t think I would be regarded as productive enough.” Jens Skou, a 1997 Nobel Laureate, put it this way in his Nobel biographical statement: today’s system puts pressure on scientists for, “too fast publication, and to publish too short papers, and the evaluation process use[s] a lot of manpower. It does not give time to become absorbed in a problem as the previous system [did].”
In other words, the system rewards BAD science. Advice:
- Scientists need to literally say “fuck you” to the entire industry1
- Publish your work in open access journals ONLY, online — the Arxiv.org site is a good start
- OR, write a book with your findings in it… That’s what Darwin would do. (And you might make some money). Amazon makes this a reality.
Fuck the man. It’s time to change things from the outside-in. We live in a new era of open-information and FREEDOM for the content-creator. The science-journal racket is the antithesis of everything we should be standing for — they are ANTI-Science, and anti-scientist.
The future is to destroy those bastards.
Now go lift something heavy,
- Yep, I said “literally” — not British “literally”. Newton and Leibniz would go ape-shit on their asses. They didn’t play nice to “get along”. ↩