Montag, 29. April 2019, 16:00 - 20:00 iCal

Rethinking Academia

The scientific publishing system and the strive for open accessibility

Lise Meintner Hörsaal, Faculty of Physics, University of Vienna
Boltzmanngasse, 5, 1090 Wien

Diskussion, Round Table

Young scientists of the University of Vienna are organizing an event aimed at discussing future perspectives of the scientific publishing system and present concrete alternatives to its current structure. The event will be held on April 29th 2019 from 16:00 in the Lise Meintner Hörsaal of the Faculty of Physics of the University of Vienna (Boltzmanngasse, 5) and international researchers, students as well as general interested public are invited.


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.


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The event is sponsored by the Vienna Doctoral Program on Complex Quantum Systems (CoQuS) and the Institute for Quantum Optics and Quantum Information – Vienna (IQOQI-Vienna) of the Austian Academy of Sciences (ÖAW).

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Fakultät für Physik, IQOQI-Vienna


Flavio Del Santo
University of Vienna