I normally don’t write about academic politics, but today I found myself challenged by them. It all started with the joint resignation of the whole editorial board of Topology and a post in Tim Gowers blog. To cut a long story short, there is this science publisher called Elsevier which owns many very good journals and also some really bad ones. Their practices include overpricing, bundling… and more things you can read in Gowers blog. Just to give you an idea, is like if you go to buy bananas (you love bananas, everyone does) and the guy at the grocery store tells you that you cannot take them with you if you don’t buy also some apples that you hate, some kiwis that you are allergic to, and some things that you’ve never seen before in your life but that he swears they are fruit. And you would go somewhere else to buy your bananas but it seems he is the only one selling bananas in town. And because he has being doing that for decades there is no other grocery that people trust enough to sell the bananas to the final customers. Change the fruits for journals and articles and you have Elsevier. Quite close to Syndicate tactiques… Can something be done? Continue reading
I didn’t upload the previous post and I’m already on the train back writing the second one. It has been an hectic week and the school has moved from the specifics of working with actual equations to construct concretely a G-Hilb scheme of a 3-fold to the arcane of Derived Category of Sheaves of Modules using quivers and what-not.
I am on my way to Coventry from Edinburgh in one of Virgin expensive trains. However, since they charge £4 an hour of Internet, I will not be able to post this till I am at the University of Warwick. I am attending a Winter School organised by Miles Reid and Tim Logvinenko on the McKay correspondence. A big lot of us are going from Edinburgh: Vanya, Dima Sakovics, Michael Wemyss and myself. Ciaran was going to come but he chickened out in the last minute about his upcoming viva. Fair enough. Continue reading