Christmas present for the inspired December 17, 2008Posted by dorigo in books, news, personal, physics, science.
Tags: PMC, publishing
In my department mail is distributed in the mailboxes lining the west wall of the entrance hall during the late morning, and I usually get it when I leave the building. This is what happened today, when I found a package sent from Auckland, New Zealand. I allowed myself a minute to wonder who could be sending it, while I walked to my car: could it be Marni ?
It was not from Marni, although the contents made me think of her. The box contained a few christmas cards, plus two vouchers and a note. It was from Morag Hickman and Chris Leonard, editors of Phys Math Central, PMC A to be precise, a online free publishing, peer-reviewed journal of which I am an editorial member. I have reviewed two papers from them in the last two years, and I am happy to help such endeavours, when the scientific publishing world is dominated by greedy Elsevier.
The vouchers are waivers of the submission fee for papers sent by January 2009 to the editors; in alternative, they can be used to get a 50% discount for later submissions (I think until June 2009). Now, I do not have to pay for paper submission fees when I publish, because my institute gladly provides the necessary funding; but I know many out there are not in the same luxurious situation. I am thinking in particular at independent researchers such as, indeed, Marni (but not for long yet!), or Garrett, or Alejandro.
So here is my offer. You can get one of those vouchers as a Christmas present if you submit a title, an abstract, and a proof of any kind that you do know what to write in the paper, plus your statement that you intend to use it as soon as possible, and no later than June 2009. You can submit directly to the comments thread below: I will take your word for it. Of course, anonymous entities should not apply. I also reserve the right to turn down a request without the need to explain my motives. Moreover, since I would hate these vouchers to go unused, I am opening other channels to find suitable recipients, so if you have a good idea of how to use them, please hurry!