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Getting published during Open Access Week really sucks!

It is at least ironic that my first peer-reviewed article ‘Sniffing the City: Issues of Sousveillance in Innercity London’ is released to the public during Open Access Week. One of the promoters, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), writes: Academic research would be free to access and available under an open license that would legally enable the kind of sharing that is so crucial for enabling scientific progress.

sniffingscreeshot 510x293 Getting published during Open Access Week really sucks!

My so much-awaited paper has been locked in a secure database, fostering anonymous peer reviewing, for TWENTY TWO months (22 months), from the moment it was submitted. Now, I am told that this is more or less the average (quarter more or less).

Publishers argue that this is due to: 1. ensure quality of publications; 2. protect author’s rights.

1. It is true, my paper needed much more work to bring it up to the level of writing expected from an academic publication. But, if that paper was freely accessible it would receive feedback from an online and departmental community. I would have improved that paper so much quicker! Moreover, this system can only stand because of the FREE labour of academics who provide feedback in the form of peer reviews.

2. All my stuff – including this very blog post – are published under Creative Commons, it is CopyLeft. So I really don’t understand why major publishers keep sending me invitation to pay an extortion fee of thousand of pounds to ensure open access to my article! To unlock my supposed CopyRight?!

I think this is a false system and really needs to be changed. Only reason for it to be in place is that publishers have created and supported a metrics system of referencing, scoring, and sales that feeds into academic CVs, employment, league tables, etc…It has absolutely nothing to do with the above reasons. Unfortunately, I suspect, many academics are happily complacent with this system…

Getting published during Open Access Week really sucks!

The Digital Coup and the Cultural Practices of the Hacking Multitude

Following #TurkeyBlockedTwitter, #googlednsblocked, and similar hash tags, here is my narrative of hacking as a mundane cultural practice. Also featuring, graffiti, bank notes & other material communication tricks, professional hackers and internet house-comfies, network maps and statistics on traffic… Certainly, more to come soon. [...]

Signal Lost: the Space Beneath

This excellent post on weburbanist reminded me of an early photographic project of mine: “Signal Lost: the Space Beneath”. It  was conceived during a major replacement of early Victorian water pipes on the eve of the Olympics.

As the visual research proceeded, it showed in more details (or better, hinted at) the intricate networks of pipes, cables, and wires… [...]

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