Thursday, March 19, 2015

CSSP Talk on “Open Access in the Past, Present and Future of Scholarly Publishing” by Prof Michael Eisen; 25th March, SSS-1, JNU

Centre for Studies in Science Policy

School of Social Sciences, JNU

Special Lecture Series

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Professor Michael Eisen

Professor of Genetics, Genomics and Development at University of California, Berkeley, USA & Co-Founder, Public Library of Science (PLoS)

About Speaker: Dr. Michael Eisen is a biologist at UC Berkeley and an Investigator of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He works primarily on flies, and his research encompasses evolution, development, genetics, genomics, chemical ecology and behaviour. He is a strong proponent of open science, and a co-founder of the Public Library of Science. Throughout his career, Dr. Eisen has worked to ensure that universal access to the products and benefits of scientific research. In 2000 he joined his former postdoctoral advisor Patrick Brown, and Nobel Prize winning cancer researcher Harold Varmus in launching the Public Library of Science (PLoS), a San Francisco based non-profit advocacy organization and publisher dedicated to making the world's scientific and medical literature a freely available public resource. PLoS aims to eliminate the subscription based model that dominates the $10b/year scientific and medical publishing industry (and which denies access to the results of publicly funded research to students, teachers, physicians and countless others who would benefit from access to latest scientific and medical discoveries) and to replace it with an "open access" model that makes all published papers immediately and universally freely available. To establish the viability of this model, PLoS has launched a series of open access journals, beginning with PLoS Biology in 2003. Its journals have become highly successful (PLoS One, launched in 2008, is now the largest scientific journal in the world, and published close to 10,000 articles in 2011) and PLoS has become a major force in reforming scientific publishing. He can be reached at @mbeisen on Twitter.
Venue:  CSSP, SSS-1 Building, JNU

Date:    Wednesday, 25th March 2015

Listen to Audio Record of this talk online:

Saradindu Bhaduri, Anup Kumar Das

Coordinator, CSSP Lecture Series

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