Support & Advice, Writing Services
Principia Scientific Australia (PSI-AU) supports and works with Principia Scientific International (PSI). Both organisations are first and foremost your points of reference on scientific matters that appear controversial or are spotlighted in the media. Wherever possible, we provide our members with a reliable port of call to ascertain the facts behind the news stories to better judge whether information being presented by third parties is accurate information and reflects a balanced view of all facets of the subject. We have a published mission statement and are committed to openness and transparency in our work (abiding by the principles of Karl Popper).
Who Are We?
Principia Scientific International (PSI) has hundreds of qualified scientists and engineers as members and well over a thousand subscribers to our regular newsletter. Check out our online list of select members. About a quarter of our members hold PhD qualifications and we have one Nobel Physics prize nominee and an immediate past president of one the UK’s royal colleges among us. But we are not elitist – we are for everyone who supports the traditions of the scientific method against the rise of non-verifiable and potentially biased ‘post normal’ science (PNS).
As a rapidly expanding fledgling science association we are constantly adding to our website functionality and member services. We actively encourage anyone to join and membership is entirely free (although we do suggest a nominal donation of about £30 – about US$40). The benefits of registering include:
- Automatic delivery of PSI’s periodic newsletters to your mailbox until/unless you unsubscribe
- Peer support on a range of science and professional matters
- Access to ‘members only’ documents
- Full and unrestricted use of our internal search engine
- Preferential publication and peer-review process using our innovative PROM system
Between addressing topical science stories, we will be diligently compiling and updating our database of contacts in all branches and levels of science. Thus we will be increasingly pro-active and in a position to facilitate the needs of ever more scientists to engage in the issues when they hit the headlines.
We aim to keep the major science stories on our radar so we can, as necessary, give the much needed topical and informed feedback to our members and other interested parties. We also encourage members to post their views and feedback in the commenting area after each news item or paper.
Workshops, Meetings and discussions
PSI hopes to make available select members of our team to attend events, conferences and news interviews as and when it is prudent and when scientific issues are hitting the headlines. PSI’s extensive network of contacts brings together a vast array of international scientists from a wide variety of scientific institutions to not only compellingly brainstorm the way science is being covered; but also explain what the scientific community can do to ensure the public has access to the best, most accurate, evidence based information available.
Support & Editing Services for Science Authors
We at Principia Scientific International pride ourselves on the high standard of our authoring, editing and publishing skills. Our staff have many years’ experience in the publishing business and are able to offer such services to scientists who seek help in creating papers, books and other materials for distribution. Our fees are very reasonable.
We know writers, particularly those relatively new to the craft, working towards traditional publishing can benefit from having a skilled outsider look at their material before they go to submission. As a writer, it’s very hard to see flaws within your own work because you’re closer to it than anyone else will ever be. You need a clear, professional pair of eyes.
Author Submissions as Articles or Papers for Peer Review
We operate strictly as a non-profit as per UK regulations. As such, we ask members to be realistic insofar as use of PSI for publishing and maintaining author submissions on the website costs time and money.
If you wish to have papers peer-reviewed there are three ways we can assist. Either:
(a) Full service: We secure for you one or more written reviews from PSI members with PhD’s in a relevant discipline. On this basis we would require a minimum of $200. Your paper will then be published as a ‘PROM paper’ on the site as per: https://principia-australia.org/how-the-prom-process-works/
After no less than one month in the PROM open feedback system, dependant on the feedback from other site users, we will consider permanently promoting the paper(s) to our ‘PUBLICATIONS’ section.
(b) ‘Pay as You Go’: Informal, ad hoc posting of your submissions, in style and format compatible with our daily news articles (we may edit as required to generate the widest possible readership and feedback). For this we would encourage regular nominal donations to cover our costs;
(c ) Free & Easy: At any time you choose, send unsolicited material to us in a format compatible with our site’s main page articles. We will consider posting, strictly at the discretion of the editor (totally free to all);
Writing Services, How Much Will it Cost?
We can assist you in writing your next book or science paper. Do you require a critique service of a short science article/study or a full heavy book edit? We provide a full range, all priced accordingly. See below:
Support for Scientists and Policymakers
As well as general advice and support to scientists undertaking media work, PSI provides formal media training with a focus on particular subjects which we know will make the news. For example, PSI provides advice on how to explain the way science works on arcane issues to do with peer review and uncertainty in science.
As an example, our first major publication illustrates (below) that the hotly-debated climate change issue at international level is causing much confusion and uncertainty about the reliability of scientific research. World scientists in this field are now at the crossroads and PSI expertise may have a role to play.
Support to Journalists, Media Outlets
Aside from being a valuable channel of information on top media stories is also looking at ways to support non-specialists looking to delve deeper into complex science stories. We are publishing a series of books specifically to explain for non-scientists some of the more complicated science and concepts.
Our first book, Slaying the Sky Dragon: Death of the Greenhouse Gas Theory is now available free to registered member and has received endorsement from a wide range of reviewers, scientists and respected commentators in the field of climate science.
Our ultimate goal is to encourage scientists and the public to better understand the importance of principled and transparent approach to research and learning; to access accurate, evidence-based scientific information about the stories of the day.
PSI is not beholden for its funds to any corporation, political party or undisclosed source. PSI functions on the income generated from its members and stakeholders ostensibly via book sales, consultancy fees and unsolicited charitable donations.