Research. Collaborate. Publish.

Join an online Symposium and publish high-quality work.

Join a Symposium! Do great research! Burnish your brand!

Peers help each other to do
their best research.

Your discoveries are published and
vigorously promoted worldwide.

Your work becomes essential reading for every inquisitive person on the planet.

Accomplish more, every day.

Overview

Our online Symposia involve all kinds of team-work: the longitudinal kind where new discoveries build on earlier ones and the latitudinal kind where researchers do their own independent work in a co-operative and collaborative way.

How It Works

Each Symposium has one broad topic – a group of related problems. It lasts about three years and is divided into three phases. The hundreds of participants are experts on the topic and they divide into four-member teams called roses. Competing cohorts of roses emerge. Each petal in the winning cohort receives a substantial financial award.

The Knowledge Builder

Academic Researcher

brand

Your Brand

As a participant, you take a nom de plume for the duration of the Symposium. You write one article per phase on an aspect of the Symposium topic. When these are published, under your real name, they enhance your personal brand.

cooperation

Co-operation

During a phase, you post the latest version of your current article to our platform on the last day of each calendar month. In return, by the end of the  following month, you receive a constructive critique from each of your fellow-petals who are strongly incentivised to elicit your best work. And you do the same for them. In this way, you become inspired to do sound work, solve problems, and make discoveries.

collaboration

Collaboration

Towards the end of each phase, you and your fellow-petals collaborate to write a paper that muses over and distils the essence of what the rose has achieved during that phase. This provides closure for the current phase and a spring-board for the next one.

cross-polination

Cross-Pollination

In Phase Two, your read-horizon expands to include other roses in your bunch. This provides a further source of inspiration.

preparation

Preparation

Before each Symposium, we conduct a Meta-Symposium which distils the history of the topic to date. This provides a launch-pad for the Symposium and some shared background for Symposium participants.

publication

Publication

A few months after the end of a Symposium, the work from all three phases is published as a well-structured, multi-volume monograph where each volume is accompanied by video material.

ownership

Ownership

Before the publication of your work, you must ensure that it contains due acknowledgement through citation, to any other book, article, or critique on which it builds.

deal

The Deal

You do your best work and in return, you get fame and fortune! We facilitate, review, rate, and publish your work. Then we promote it energetically planetwide. You receive high royalties on sales and have a high chance of winning a cohort award.

The Knowledge Sponsor

Taxpayers, Alumni, and Philanthropists

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Overview

If you sponsor your academics to participate in a Symposium, your country or university will attract more resources, staff, and students while also making a major contribution to peace.

productivity

Productivity

By participating in a Symposium, an academic delivers three solo articles and three collaborative articles. This is a 70% increase in productivity.

Evaluation

Evaluation

Each of these articles receives three double-blind, peer-reviews and a rating. These are published alongside the article.

savings

Savings

As a Knowledge Sponsor, you pay the Symposium Participation Fee for each of your academics. The price per article is the same as the publication fee you currently pay the academic journals. But, with High Rose House, you get co-operation and collaboration among your protégés, a robust new metric while also saving the expense of project-management, appraisals, and mentoring. Furthermore, each of your academics has a high chance of receiving a substantial financial award.

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High Quality

Iteration produces a virtuous upward spiral of increasingly subtle and sound solutions. However, it only occurs if the academic’s attention can be engaged for each iteration. Intra-rose critiques guarantee this several times within each phase.

Wide-Comprehension

Wide Comprehension

The prospect of royalties on sales of the Symposium output ensures the academics are well-motivated to write in a way that is widely comprehended. This means their output engages the public and achieves high cultural impact.

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Burning Topics

We ask sponsors, members, policy-makers, and others to suggest topics that may be important for the advance of civilisation, health, and happiness. This ensures the topics are of burning and widespread interest and guarantees high public engagement.

Faster-Evolution

Faster Evolution

Each generation of knowledge builds on the earlier generation’s. Currently this process is slow and much excellent work, including negative findings, are never published.

the deal

The Deal

A university or college, can back a couple of its academics as champions for a currently open topic by paying their Symposium Participation Fees, thereby helping to push forward the boundaries of knowledge on a global but level playing field.

The Knowledge Consumer

Reader of research articles

overview

Overview

As someone who wants up-to-date knowledge on a variety of topics, your prayers are answered.

upto-date

Up-to-date

When you want to find out what is currently known for a topic that interests you, we enable you to do this without making a tortuous journey through bibliographies interrupted by paywall navigation only to find impenetrable prose, undefined technical terms, and unexplained premises. In addition, you avoid uncertainty about whether you have arrived at the end of your journey.

well-structured

Well-structured

We publish each set of Symposium works as an eMonograph. It is well-structured: it consists of several volumes each containing three chapters. Each chapter consists of several sections. Each section consists of articles introduced by an overview paper. For each volume there is a video distillation.

Low Cost

Low Price

When you buy an article from a Symposium eMonograph, you choose from a library of articles containing concentrated, up-to-date knowledge on the topic for a very low price.

anytime-anywhere

Anytime, Anywhere Access

You can access it anytime, anywhere from any electronic device no need to go to your university library. The text and video components are in widely comprehended English with all technical terms defined and presuppositions explained in a central repository.

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Easy Article Selection

Each article or paper is accompanied by three double-blind peer-reviews and a rating, to guide you in apportioning your attention.

Key Facts

Participants are 70% more productive
Symposium participants publish 1.94 articles per annum, while non-participants publish only 1.15 articles per annum.

Produce Higher Quality Work:
Get several constructive critiques per Symposium article.

158 million Knowledge Consumers
Academics: 2.4 million
Students: 25 million
Degree and above: 131 million

Comparison Table

Status
Symposium
Journal
A scholar's prestige is enhanced by the publication of scholarly articles.
Cultural Impact
Symposium
Journal
Articles are comprehended by specialists.
Both models enable authors to address fellow specialists in their articles because they share assumptions and technical terms.
Articles are widely comprehended.
The Symposium Model supports a one-off shared explanation of assumptions and definitions of technical terms.
Articles provide concentrated knowledge on burning topics.
Selection of Symposium topics is based on wide consultation. However, we start with Philosophical problems because they are of the most general interest and their solution will make the biggest difference.
Renown & Fortune
Symposium
Journal
Promotes to all university libraries.
All University libraries want to provide their academics and students with access to the best research articles.
Promotes to individuals.
In the Internet age, readers want anywhere, anytime access to a high value, topic-concentrated library of articles online for a one-off payment.
High royalties are paid.
Each author of the Symposium output receives royalties and our business model requires vigorous global promotion.
Feedback Quality
Symposium
Journal
Three double-blind reviews are published alongside each article.
Double-blind reviews forestall all kinds of biases for and against the author and encourages objectivity.
Reviews are completed within three months of article completion.
This gives timely feedback to the author(s).
Competition
Symposium
Journal
Many articles are submitted but few are selected for publication.
This means knowledge is lost and the evolution of knowledge is retarded. A high rejection rate is a journal's badge of honour. The higher this rate the greater the publication achievement.
All articles are published and rated.
There is a substantial financial award for each member of the winning team. The researcher's achievement is reflected in the reviews and ratings of their work.
Co-operation
Symposium
Journal
Critiques during the article writing period must be requested as a favor from peers.
Peers need to concentrate on advancing their own careers in an extremely competitive arena and do not really have time to dedicate to helping friends.
Critiques are offered by peers who are incentivized to elicit the author's best work.
The team that provides the best mutual critiques is liable to produce the best work and the comradely approach is more inspiring than the unadulterated competition.
Collaboration
Symposium
Journal
Multi-author articles are published.
All members of an experimental team are often credited as authors in the Journal Model.
Collaborative articles that distill several solo articles are published.
The team learns when it reviews what it has achieved overall.
Knowledge Structure
Symposium
Journal
Knowledge is structured within the discipline.
Only mono-disciplinary work can be published and knowledge from many disciplines on a given topic is scattered far and wide.
Knowledge is structured within broad topics.
Multi-disciplinary work can be published and concentrated knowledge on a topic can be easily accessed.
Knowledge Evolution
Symposium
Journal
The publication of completed articles is delayed and may never happen.
This is especially damaging when findings are negative because the same experiment may be repeated over and over again.
All articles are published - nothing is lost.
All work is rated and accessible via keywords and Google-type search.
Productivity
Symposium
Journal
Research work is incentivized by the prospect of career advancement.
Sometimes the paucity of jobs means the pressure of competition is so great as to be counter-productive.
Avoidance of procrastination is supported by commitments to peers.
Scholars do not procrastinate when they have made commitments as regards dates and times to their colleagues.
Pricing
Symposium
Journal
Pricing suits organizations.
Symposium articles can be printed from an organization's computer for an individual fee. Journal articles are accessed via the organization's library provided they have paid an annual subscription.
Pricing suits individuals.
Symposium requires a low one-off fee of £150 for access to a huge library of articles on one broad topic. Journals require Annual subscriptions by libraries, companies, or individuals.
Business Model
Symposium
Journal
Knowledge sponsors pay for publication, reviews, and promotion.
Knowledge Sponsors pay for editors, reviewers, publication, and promotion.
Knowledge sponsor pays only for publication, ratings, and reviews, but not for promotion.
Knowledge Sponsors pay for facilitation, reviewers, raters, and publication but not for promotion.
Creativity Enhancement
Symposium
Journal
Research dominated by fashions and leaders.
This is especially so in Philosophy and other disciplines that lack a foundation paradigm.
Exploration during research is de-risked by adopting a nom de plume.
Loss of reputation due to an exploration gone awry is not possible under the Symposium Model.
Simultaneous exploration of new foundation paradigms.
Many scholars simultaneously agree to explore a new foundation paradigm that removes individual career-risk.

Champions

FAQ

Those Knowledge Builders that get the most out of our Symposia are the ones that ask the most questions. We love them because we only want you to participate in a Symposium if you know without a doubt that it is the best and most efficient way to advance civilization and your career.

So, here are the most frequent questions we have been fielding.

Getting your work published in a high prestige journal is an achievement. The Symposium Model publishes all work written during a Symposium. You are asking: where is the achievement in this?

Being Sponsored: An Olympics participant has worked hard to qualify, so being a participant is already a big achievement. Similarly, being a participant in a Symposium means that you have impressed a sponsor, usually your university and it has agreed to pay your participation fee – this is already a big achievement.

Winning an Award: If you are part of the Symposium’s winning Cohort, this is also an achievement just like belonging to the winning team in the FIFA world cup. The aggregate star-rating for the winning cohort is highest because it contains more talented players and players with more team spirit – ones that have helped each other to achieve high star-ratings for their work.

Individual Evaluation: Having your work published by a Symposium may seem prima facie like vanity publishing. It is, however, more like participating in a marathon race. In such a race, everyone crosses the finishing line and each person is evaluated in terms of time taken and finishing rank.

Three Reviews and Ratings: Each Symposium work receives three double-blind peer-reviews that are published alongside it. In addition, each work receives a star-rating based on marks out of ten for originality, rigor, significance, and clarity. The reviewers are trained, supervised, and using agreed criteria and standards.

Six Publications: During a two-year Symposium, you write three solo articles and collaborate on a further three. These articles are published as part of a monograph at the end of the Symposium. We promote this vigorously and planetwide to 153 million Knowledge Consumers, not just universities.

Article Impact Measure: All citations must legally be registered on our system. This means we can calculate the number and the geographical distribution of your citations. These contribute to your annual Article Impact Measure (AIM).

Inaccurate Measure of Achievement: The traditional way of evaluating your work essentially runs as follows: Each journal that publishes your work has a Journal Impact Factor (JIF). This is an index calculated by Thomson Reuters as a measure of how many citations its articles have received in the previous two years. It is assumed that if a journal has a high JIF, it has a high rejection rate and so the size of your achievement in having an article published by a given journal can be measured by reference to its JIF. Add up the JIFs of your published articles to get a rather indirect and crude measure of the value of your work.

Publication Lottery: The traditional system is a lottery. There are so many factors that determine whether your submission to a journal is published:

  • the rejection rate of that journal
  • the policy of the journal at the time
  • what else is submitted at the same time
  • various biases of those peer-reviews that are not double-blind
  • the journal's current scheme for gaming the JIF.

These are all outside your control so, whether your submission gets published is a bit of a lottery. The uncertainty and indefinite delay in getting your article accepted is frustrating and this distracts you from your work.

Secretive, Wasteful, and Slow: The traditional system is also secretive, wasteful, and slow. An exclusive journal publisher has a high rejection rate, sometimes as high as 90%. However, only the editor sees the rejected submissions, so their decisions can never be publicly questioned or discussed. In addition, these Journals are wasting much valuable work or at best slowing down the evolution of knowledge.

Prevent Brain Drain: In the current climate, it is important to improve our economies. The best way to do this is to ensure that knowledge evolves as fast as possible.

A bad way to do this is to ensure that young academic talent is drained out of academia. Currently, they are draining out because they are paid so little at their time of greatest need - when they are founding families. The financial awards offered under the Symposium model provide them with a way to improve their situation through their own efforts.

A bad way to do this is to make no provision for emeritus academics. Many of these have ample time and abundant health and the Symposium model allows them to make further contributions to society while improving their social world and maybe also their financial situation.

A bad way to do this is to put those academics in their prime, those most likely to push the boundaries of knowledge, under severe competitive pressure because of the paucity of tenured jobs. The Symposium model provides a setting in which competition is alleviated by collaboration and cooperation and where they can improve their financial position while waiting for advancement.

More Concerted and Cooperative Effort: Our awards are not as prestigious as those bestowed by the Royal Society or the Nobel Foundation for brilliance in a specific discipline. However, they are given to a much larger number of people and thereby elicit greater concerted and cooperative effort – an effort which may cross discipline boundaries.

Good Deal for Sponsors: Furthermore, the Symposium model is so efficient that, despite the prize money, Sponsors will still pay 34% less per published article than they do in the present system. This is because we make no profit on the Symposium itself. Our profits depend on our sales of the Symposium output.

Reward the Best: China is investing heavily in academia. The Symposium model gives each country an opportunity to reward its high achieving scholars.

Work output by a Symposium is likely to be of a much higher quality for several reasons:

Team-work: The work you do within a Symposium is likely, overall, to be of a higher quality because you work within a small team of academics – a Rose. The other members of your Rose are incentivized to elicit your best work by their desire to belong to the winning cohort.

Seven Iterations: Each of your solo articles are refined by seven iterations and your attention is harnessed each time by a critique of the article’s latest version from each of your fellow-petals.

Real Other Minds: Your task is less strenuous because you are addressing real, specific other minds rather than other minds in general - this means you have more energy to devote to the substantive content.

Expanding Knowledge: All participants have some shared background because they will have access to the output from a Meta-Symposium which distills the important works relevant to the Symposium topic. This means that the work done in a Symposium must push the boundaries of knowledge rather than explore what is currently known.

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