Beyond Open Access: SciPost
Speaker: Jean-Sébastien Caux
Abstract: SciPost is a by-and-for scientists initiative aiming to provide a Genuine Open Access replacement infrastructure for the scientific publishing industry. Its journals are characterized by being open access for both readers (no subscription or reading fees) as well as authors (no author fees/APCs), giving generous licenses (CC-BY) with copyright to the authors. All editorial work is performed by active professional scientists, without competing financial or corporate interest. As an organization, SciPost is purely not-for-profit and community-owned, and follows a cost-slashing consortial business model.
This talk will outline the initiative's main aspects, current status, and upcoming expansion plans.
Short bio: Jean-Sébastien Caux is Professor of Theoretical Physics at the University of Amsterdam. A Canadian citizen, he obtained his PhD in Oxford, was postdoctoral Fellow in All Souls, and moved to the Netherlands in 2003. Specialized in condensed matter theory, his interests include exactly-solvable models of many-body quantum mechanics, and their relation to in- and out-of-equilibrium dynamics of experimentally-realizable quantum magnets, cold atomic systems and nanodevices. He is a recipient among others of the NWO Vici and ERC Advanced grants.
Besides his research activities, he is actively involved in the reform of scientific publishing. He is the founder, implementer and current chairman of SciPost.