Mar 13, 2019
In this episode I talk to William Gunn about the guts of science
publishing, changing incentives in science, and the relationship
between publishing and funding.
William is currently the Director of Scholarly Communication at
Elsevier. He joined Elsevier when they acquired Mendeley, which is
a platform designed to help researchers share papers and notes
about them. Before that he was an academic researcher himself and,
for a time, a professional chef.
- Science publishers aren't idiots - they realize that the
internet is making anything free that can be free and are trying to
adjust their business models accordingly.
- The metrics we use to judge research innovation are starting to
shift and interestingly that is speeding up the "speciesation" of
- Science has shifted more towards "big science" - big teams with
big funding doing big experiments. However, there may be room to
discover many more things if we put more focus on smaller