My lucky streak in academia

In her annual Day of Archaeology post, Betty Wragg Sykes gives us an update on the “braided delta” development of her career. She concludes that “everything in archaeological careers is about luck”. I agree with her that luck is the dominant factor in establishing a career in archaeology, but there are at least two other…

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Author supported Open Access is not an adequate solution

Marc Couture explains that academic publishing is at a crossroads. That in itself is an obvious and unremarkable statement. But he introduces the idea that this crossroads involves a choice about whether academic publishing is a public good.  This makes me realize that the current discussion of the future of academic publishing is just a…