World Complexity Science Academy Journal
World Complexity Science Academy Journal

Comment from the Editor in Chief

The publishing model for higher education needs to change. We are presenting critiques of critiques of critiques in an endless cycle of masturbatory research. The Internet communications revolution is actively unfolding around us, and we cling to paper as if it were our Savior in the publishing business model. Then came Microsoft. Then came AOL. Then came Yahoo! Google. Intel. Apple. IBM. Hewlett-Packard. Dell. Amazon. The list goes on and on and on. Meanwhile, academic associations cling to the paper-model of publication, hoping that library subscriptions can support their Largesse. It is absolutely, positively absurd. Absurd, I say.

Meanwhile, academic associations gladly and willingly profit off the intellectual property of others, reaping huge rewards financially off of the publication enterprise. And to boot, all you get in return is a PDF of your article to show your friends and colleagues. More depressing, your article or essay is not multimedia-enhanced. Your work sits dead on a shelf, for about 12 people to read world-wide. No exposure for all your blood, sweat, and tears. You are boxed in a golden cage, for only other academicians to experience. And few, they will be.

Why don’t you publish with the World Complexity Science Academy Journal instead? Your copyright is your own, and we hyperlink your article to all the cool stuff online! No longer will you merely talk about Trump’s speech, you will have a multimedia overlay — linked to the very speech itself, for easy-viewing. Imagine the possibilities. The entire Internet is available for your disposal. You have complete license. All you need to do is coordinate your writing with your multimedia — and we can help you do that.

Paper is dead. Not only as a medium, but as a business model. They used to chain monks to their desks to write the Holy Bible by hand. Why submit to the colonization? WCSAJ has a completely different “open source” business model. We celebrate multimedia intellectuals who want to make a name for themselves, and aren’t afraid of doing things differently. We support young academics, in particular, who are trying to make a name for themselves. And, we think our global platform stretching around the world is perfect for your voice. Qualitative or quantitative, come one come all.

Our focus is on global perspectives in complexity science. That involves sociology, communication, and political science primarily. But, a quality article in economics, complexity systems, or even philosophy would make us pleased and grateful. We’re broad across the Liberal Arts, Sciences, and Humanities. But, we’re all about “complexity.” We want to publish people who can take the ultra-complex and make it sweet and simple. Help us understand our world. Help us make sense of the future. Help us render meaning in a chaotic and seemingly insane world.