FAQ


0. What is R³I? Is it a business? How do you fund it?

It is a research promotion project of mine; it is not a business; I fund it with my personal resources.
R³I is not designed to require multiple people to manage it, and it shouldn't cost too much to be maintained. As long as I can do all the administrative work, I will pay for all costs. There will be a tool available to capture small donations in the future.

1. Why did you enroll in educational programs after you finished your Ph.D.? You are enrolled in both graduate and undergraduate level educational programs, you don't need to do this now that you have a terminal degree (PhD).

I am pursuing more education because I can, because I want, because I'm not satisfied with my level of knowledge. And because nobody will tell me what to do. Also, a Ph.D. is not a terminal degree, a Higher Doctorate is. In my case, it would probably be a Sc.D. (Doctor of Sciences).

2. Why did you enroll in educational programs in areas other than your academic background (Math and Materials Informatics)?

Because the point is to learn something that I haven't learned yet.

3. Are you giving up working in Mathematics?

I'm not even started. I will be a mathematician for the rest of my life. In fact I might as well do two doctorates in Mathematics: one in Pure Maths, and another in Applied Maths.

4. Why is your work scattered over different applications? Aren't you supposed to be a specialist and make an effort to publish in traditional academic journals?

I'm an applied mathematician before anything, and I will take every opportunity to learn how to use my skills in different areas of natural sciences, applied sciences, and even social sciences.

About publications: now that I'm a doctor and have the "license" to write and publish academic articles in traditional journals, it happens that there is a big crisis in academic publishing and we don't really know how the publishing model is going to change. Even in non-traditional media - preprints, repositories, direct request to read posters, notes etc - the people who wanted to know more or that needed my work, simply asked me or copied me without giving proper credit. Sometimes I will find something used here and there which was given credit, but via non-traditional means. What can I do? I don't like the current publishing model either, I'd rather keep what I have available to public, so everybody can access and, hopefully, respect and cite / give credit. Also there were works that could not be shared because the solutions proposed were prepared specifically for a company that shared their confidential data, so these were closer to consulting work than to academic work, even if performed under some type of academic agreement.

A short story on publishing and ethics: Once upon a time, I had just written my first solo preprint and two japanese professors - university professors, respected, experienced academic people - read my title and abstract and contacted me to know about the work. They politely asked me if I could share the source, and I stupidly said yes. They thanked me, never talked to me again, and some months later they published a repackaged, frou-frou version of my text. Best part is that they didn't even cite me :) A cautionary tale about the great ethics of academic publishing today.

5. So you are not interested in academic publishing?

I'm interested in research. I will make an effort to publish and review only free, open-access journals. I have a pile of drafts that didn't go out during the pandemic, but some of the main reasons were not pandemic-related: it was the decision of where to publish, how to pay the ridiculous APCs, and other things that are DISTRACTIONS from the real work. The work of a researcher is TO DO RESARCH, it is not to please publishing companies. If I feel like writing something that is not interesting to any academic publisher because the topic is not trending or the format is too unusual, I will publish some other way. The publisher should adapt to the researcher's work, not the other way around. One of my goals with R³I is to be able to promote research presented in non-traditional formats, ideally also backing it up in trackable formats. Example: audio and video to be backed up in transcript format, which can be submited to a preprint server or even a journal, having a DOI to be citable and directly queried online. A few decades ago it was still a common practice to include transcripts of lectures in books.

6. [BONUS QUESTION] You said you were working on a book in more than one occasion, where are these books?

My visa doesn't allow me to publish books :) It would be a violation of my status in the United States :)) Make it make sense :)))