Tyler Neylon, Juan Pablo Alperin, Richard Price, and Mark Hanhel discuss open-access publishing and, in particular, the future of scientific communication and peer review.
Juan Pablo Alperin
Juan Pablo Alperin is a third year doctoral student in the Stanford School of Education as well as a researcher and systems developer with the Public Knowledge Project. He holds a Bachelors degree in Computer Science and a Masters in Geography from the University of Waterloo, Canada. In the last five years, Juan has delivered workshops for journal editors all over Latin America with a focus on promoting Open Access to scholarship, has been an invited speaker at numerous international conferences on scholarly publishing, continues to work on the award-winning software Open Journal Systems (OJS), and was the lead developer on the recently released Open Monograph Press (OMP). While at Stanford, Juan is focused on understanding the effects of Open Access in Latin America, where over 90% of research is made freely available to the public. When not trying to revolutionize academic publishing, Juan gets busy traveling, baking cakes, or winning at bocce.
Mark joins Digital Science straight out of academia, having just completed his PhD in stem cell biology at Imperial College London, having previously studied genetics in both Newcastle and Leeds. He is genuinely passionate about open science and the potential it has to revolutionise the research community. Outside of science and computers, he tries to spend the majority of his time watching football and occasionally attempting to play it.
Tyler Neylon created The Cost of Knowledge website, inspired by the open science advocations of Timothy Gowers. The Cost of Knowledge is a boycott of Elsevier’s business practices and their negative effects in the world of academic publishing. Mr. Neylon is currently building a mobile app development startup (AppGrok), and has previously worked as a software engineer at Google with a focus on machine learning algorithms.
American novelist and screenwriter Richard Price has been describing the urban struggles, victories and defeats for four decades. His 1992 novel, Clockers, short-listed for the Nation Book Critics Circle Award that year, was made into a film for which Price co-wrote the screenplay with director Spike Lee. Price captures that moment of indecision in his screen writing, to great critical acclaim in his work on the HBO series The Wire, a show steeped in the street-level stories of cops, politicians, schools and drug economy. He also wrote the screenplay for the film Sea of Love, starring Al Pacino and based on Price's novel of the same name. For his script for The Color of Money, Price was nominated for an Academy Award for best original screenplay. Price's work has appeared in The New Yorker, Rolling Stone, Playboy and Esquire.