far bigger ships than Ireland can afford, for example. At about the same age, the state recognised their very different contributions with exactly the same medal - CBE - giving them parity of esteem with Anthony "EBV" Epstein but one step below Jocelyn "DBE" Bell Burnell . The Brother's workmates now call him The Commander, by way of saying that only a stuffed shirt would take these things too seriously.
Mother just about manages to close a jam-packed suitcase - then child brings teddy bear. She awards herself the CDM for closing it. Voiceover: Have you been sent packing today? Award yourself the CDM!. Things didn't improve with a noisier jazzier ads for the same product in the 70s. But chaps had longer hair in those post-National Service days too.
The Big Five in academic publishing are King Elsevier followed by Wiley; Springer Nature; Taylor Francis; and Sage. Their business model is to make authors pay page charges and libraries pay fabulous subscription rates for must have journals often bundled with other journals that would not be sustainable on their own merits. Nobody knows how much Harvard, Heidelberg or my own The Institute is required to pay because the deal is signed on non-disclosure confidential terms. Last year, a former boss [smartest bloke in the room in most rooms] asked me to review a paper for Yeast because, in the Venn diagram, the intersect between my niche expertise and what Yeast would entertain publishing was that close to the null set. I had a great time on the task, dredging up what was second nature to me 20 years ago, reanalysing their data and recommending a number of ways the paper could be streamlined and tightened up. I did a good job, and put in far more work than the other referee. But none of us got paid a cent for the work which is essential for the academic (and by extension commercial) credibility of the contents of the journal.