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The Seismica Initiative: towards a community-driven, Diamond Open Access journal for seismological research

The Seismica Initiative: towards a community-driven, Diamond Open Access journal for seismological research

It all started with a tweet from @NatureNews (the news team of Springer Nature): In general, academics welcome Open Access (OA) initiatives; however, this particular tweet has been met with stiff criticism. Unethical profit-seeking, financial gatekeeping, academic elitism, and straining scientific budgets were commonly raised concerns among the many retweets and replies. Unfortunately, these conce ...[Read More]

Forensic Seismology: The Beirut Explosion

Forensic Seismology: The Beirut Explosion

On August 4, 2020, the coast of Beirut, the capital of Lebanon, was rocked by an explosion caused by the blowing up of 2750 metric tons of ammonium nitrate, a chemical used in fertilizers (Figure 1). It resulted in at least 181 casualties, 6,000 injuries and 10-15 billion US dollars in damage [Ref 2]. Footage of the explosion has circulated widely: a large fire near the port’s warehouses and an in ...[Read More]

Social media for Early Career Scientists: is it really useful?

Social media for Early Career Scientists: is it really useful?

  In this period of confinement, most of the virtual interactions and news about the world come from the web and mainly social media. Today, we suggest looking at social media from the point of view of an early career scientist (ECS) and why we should (or should not) use them in our career path. In the next weeks, most of the international conferences will move on online virtual meetings and ...[Read More]

The sound of Covid-silence

The sound of Covid-silence

  As lockdowns have come in place all over the globe, workplaces have closed, people are sticking to their homes, and perpetual traffic jams have reduced to a trickle [1]. This results in eerie sights, where the lone bypasser walking through deserted streets cannot but wonder whether they’ve accidentally missed the memo on the apocalypse. The world is coming to a halt and this results in… sil ...[Read More]