Professor Zaitsev tells The Mathsoc Times that “as students, we rarely question how knowledge online is produced by researchers” and that we don’t think about “the system which enables us, but prevents others, from accessing knowledge”.

“Scientific publishing happens, for the most part, through large, commercial publishing companies, which university and other public libraries pay for their journal subscriptions. However, this model has attracted more and more criticism over recent years because of the argument that one should not have to pay for research which has (for the most part) been funded by public grants and university funding”.

Professor Zaitsev’s talk will concentrate on the “Open Access” movement, which tries to “draw attention to the waste of resources and inequalities caused by the current system of scientific publishing”. Come along at 7:30pm on Wednesday 7th November for an enlightening talk by the Professor.