Episode 2. Part 3/4.
What is a difference between a news paper article and a scientific article? "Elephants on the street" versus "There are no elephants but they should be there". During the third part of our interview with Björn Brembs we talked about the traditional scientific publishing in commercial journals. In highly digitalised era, this process is certainly old-fashioned, as it is not scrutinised as it needs to be which can lead to a lot of mistakes with negative consequences. Despite having alternatives with free and open license scientific communication platforms such as ArXiv.org, scientists still tend to use journals (which they never read but libraries still pay for subscriptions) for their career promotion, tenures and grants. Björn suggests that instead of paying journal high fees (sometimes prices can reach millions of euros per year), universities should organise the suitable infrastructure for scientists where they can publish, comment and publicly scrutinise their and other researchers' results, data and code.