Unblocking Scientific Publishing

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Opportunity for Progress

A cornerstone of scientific progress is how scientific results are shared and discussed across research communities, i.e. publishing. It shapes our collective thinking, the pace of iteration, and even dictates who is able to participate. Astera is launching a series of ambitious funding programs over the next few years to catalyze new publishing tools that make scientific exchange faster and easier. We will prioritize strategies that leverage cutting-edge technologies and address challenges in scaling. New, creative solutions for exchanging scientific information at scale could not only address existing bottlenecks in scientific publishing but also transform what is possible for scientific progress.

 

Call for Advancements

Astera would like to spur innovation in scientific publishing by funding a new Science EIR program. We are currently focused on the life sciences. As we search for the most talented technologists, builders, and entrepreneurs to step into the fray, we are also looking for ideas from the broader community on how we can best direct their skills and efforts. We want to hear from people who are embedded in scientific research, open science, or tool development for scientific publishing.

Ideas from science, open science, and social science communities will help inform EIR problem spaces, priorities, advisors, and partnerships. People who have grappled with problematic legacy processes in scientific publishing can help EIRs gain contextual understanding, avoid common pitfalls, and iterate new approaches during product development. Scientists who are eager to experiment could be critical users and test cases for the EIR projects.

Please note that Astera is currently focused on addressing technological bottlenecks. At the moment, restructuring incentives is out of scope.

 

Process

To contribute ideas about technological problems blocking open scientific exchange, submit a one-page written brief for the problem you are concerned about. You may use more space if necessary, but please do not exceed two pages.

We strongly prefer clear delineations of problems as opposed to detailed diagnoses of solutions. Please ensure alignment with FAIR principles. We are interested in high-impact opportunities that would be widely adopted by either academic or non-academic communities.

We will review ideas quarterly. If we identify a role for you or your idea, we will reach out. Please understand that we cannot guarantee a response to everyone.

 

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