SciPost: a "marvelous initiative" according to Robert-Jan Smits
13 November 2018
On 1st of November, the KNAW organized a meeting on Plan S for making Open Access a reality by 2020. At this meeting, Robert-Jan Smits, the driving force behind this plan, gave an enlightening presentation in which he singled out and strongly endorsed SciPost (from 2:00 on), calling it a "marvelous initiative".
Interestingly, he suggested that "Rhodium" was a more appropriate descriptor for SciPost than Platinum or Diamond. In his words, Rhodium is a "precious metal, which is rock solid, highly reflective, and can resist corrosion" and fits SciPost, "which deserves a classification of its own", better.
SciPost is very grateful for this greatly encouraging recognition, and will redouble its efforts in implementing the transition to Open Access by realizing its vision for the future: Plan SciPost.
Private benefactor provides a substantial donation to SciPost
12 November 2018
SciPost is extremely pleased to have received a substantial donation of over 30k€ from a private donor. The timing of this generous gift could not have been better chosen: our activities are currently scaling up and we need to expand, but are still very busy trying to gather sufficient institutional support. With this gust of wind in our sails, we can accelerate the implementation of a number of projects and improvements to the portal. The SciPost Foundation expresses its warmest thanks to this benefactor for this subsidy, the second-largest we have received until now.
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Select label to Jensen
3 August 2018
"On the coupling of Galilean-invariant field theories to curved spacetime" by Kristan Jensen has received a Select label.
This study presents a novel way to solve the problem of coupling Galilean-invariant quantum field theories to a fixed spacetime, which is very important for the Quantum Field Theory applications to condensed matter systems. The author shows that Newton-Cartan geometry subject to the shift symmetry arises in null reductions of Lorentzian manifolds. Thus, his proposal is realized for theories which are holographically dual to quantum gravity on Schrodinger spacetimes. He uses this null reduction to efficiently form tensorial invariants under the boost and particle number symmetries. They also explore the coupling of Schrodinger-invariant field theories to spacetime, which would necessitate the Newton-Cartan analogue of Weyl invariance. The clear exposition and solution presented expands on previous work, providing many sanity checks and find a new way to relates his construction to null reductions of Lorentzian manifolds, which is conceptually important and of great help in relating these sorts of non-relativistic constructions to better understood physics on Lorentzian manifolds.