We will pilot radical experiments in science communication to promote rigor, timeliness, accessibility, and reach
The overarching goal of Arcadia is to develop tools and make discoveries in emerging research organisms. Particularly for scientists who explore new organisms, how they describe what they’ve done and share their results has a tremendous impact on their progress. They need to not only communicate their findings but also establish community and troubleshoot hurdles with a wide range of scientists. We are taking the opportunity of launching a new institute to rethink every part of the communication system Arcadia researchers use. Below are the core principles that are guiding this work.
The singular goal of Arcadia’s communication system must be to maximize the utility of our work. Current traditional “open” publishing, including rapid dissemination and barrier free access to work, is necessary but not sufficient to achieve this. We must also:
We believe that the best way to achieve these goals is to build new from these principles, rather than reform existing practices. Ensuring that Arcadia scientists have the space and incentives to fully innovate how they communicate requires a complete break from traditional academic publishing. Therefore, no work produced or funded by Arcadia will be published in journals. This is an ironclad, non-negotiable principle. Arcadia scientists will be evaluated on their ability to make their work useful to others. While we are still working out precisely what this will look like, we are committed to developing new communication tools to amplify utility, which will be available to all members of the global research community. We welcome everyone to join us in this endeavor and are excited to partner with others who are willing to experiment boldly with us.
We welcome everyone to join us in this endeavor and are excited to partner with others who are willing to experiment boldly with us.