FREE EPRINT: Summary of activities 2020, Journal of Maps

Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 10:47:00

Mike J. Smith (2021)
Journal of Maps


If there is a zeitgeist that is defining academic publishing at the moment, then it would be open access (OA). I wouldn’t go as far as to say that it is sweeping all before it, but it has far outgrown the idealism evident at its inception. That idealism has long been ingrained in scholarly communication: the notion that knowledge should be widely shared for the benefit of all.

FREE EPRINT: Summary of activities 2019, Journal of Maps

Tuesday, March 2, 2021 at 10:45:59

Mike J. Smith (2020)
Journal of Maps


If I was to try to define what a university is for – in the briefest of statements – then it would be the pursuit of knowledge. This easily covers research (the pursuit of new knowledge) and education (instructing others in the pursuit of knowledge). Therein lies the altruism within the university system where, as academics, we are interested in curiosity driven understanding in its purest form: because it is simply unknown to us.

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