Archive for August, 2017

Talk on preprints at ReConEvent

August 28, 2017

At ReConEvent in June this year, we were very keen to attract a speaker to provide a talk for us on preprints. Of the three speakers we asked, all were keen to come (one from the USA, the others from the UK) but none of them were able to come on the day in question. Since this is a subject that I have been closely following for many years now, we decided a month before that I would deliver it myself. This event is now in it’s 5th year and I’ve never given a talk at it before so felt the time had come.

I chose the title as “Preprints: a journey though time(yes, this talk did contain a few Doctor Who gags) which I hope was self explanatory. I spent roughly 4 weeks (on and off) putting my slides together and rehearsed it several time in advance and timed it at 12 minutes. Twitter was a good venue to get ideas/feedback on the content.

preprint journey

We had a number of possible uncoference ideas (this was one of them) and it was delivered in the breakout room. As we had two cameramen this year, thankfully the talk was recorded and as matters stand, is the most viewed video from the event.

Preprints: a journey though time from Graham Steel


Last Slide – Further Reading

¨Preprint FAQ

¨The Rise of Preprints

¨The selfish scientist’s guide to preprint posting

¨Ahead of the curve: embracing preprints

¨The Role of Preprints in Journal Publishing

¨The Rise of Preprints in Physics, Mathematics, and Computer Sciences

¨The arXiv of the future will not look like the arXiv


Since this session had an allocated time of ~35 minutes, this meant there was time for a general discussion in the remaining time which was mostly preprint related.