I have numerous friends in academia most of whom I have known since being an undergraduate. While we’ve split off into different area of research & concerns, we remain connected to the times we spent together drinking beers and musing about the lives we wanted to live. In most cases, we’ve achieved those dreams as once imagined which in itself is no small feat. In a recent social media exchange with one such friend, who is a sociologist for a research arm of a major university, he mentioned that he only submits his secondary articles to open access journals but still gets annoyed when they ask for revisions as if almost expecting their standards to be lower and less rigorous. I look forward to sitting down with him in the near future to have an expanded version of this conversation. I wish on a day-to-day basis I had more conversations like this one.
If these are the conversation you want to be having with your research faculty, I invite you to consider attending the following event in 2015: ARCS a Conference, where we hope to explore topics such as this one and many others.
ARCS is a new conference focused on the evolving and increasingly complex scholarly communication network. Working from the premise that understanding and improving knowledge communication in the digital age must be a cross-disciplinary and cross-functional conversation, ARCS aims to involve a diverse set of participants and topics. ARCS will be held in Philadelphia, April 26 - 28, 2015. Follow us for updates at #arcscon and on tumblr at: arcscon.tumblr.com