Thursday, 28 March 2013

Nature Special:"The Future of Publishing"

The fact that NPG has published a special on "The Future of Publishing" shows that change is underway. The special gives a balanced view including M. Eisen's views (as reported by Van Noorden The True Cost of Science Publishing ) but naturally the message that they wish to convey is in the last (concluding) article in the series.

“As a young investigator you have to do what's economically viable,” says Stephen Macknik, a neuroscientist at the Barrow Neurological Institute in Phoenix, Arizona. Paying an article-processing charge for a reputable open-access journal may be a good middle ground for young researchers, he says.
But scientists shouldn't sacrifice funding that was meant for research. “To maximize their competitiveness it is vital that young researchers maintain a productive profile of high-quality research, and this means using research funds to do as much high-quality research as possible,” says Chambers. “It falls to the more senior scientists to change the system.”


  • Disciplinary action

    How scientists share and reuse information is driven by technology but shaped by discipline.
    Nature (  )


  • Sham journals scam authors

    Con artists are stealing the identities of real journals to cheat scientists out of publishing fees.
    Nature (  )


  • The library reboot

    As scientific publishing moves to embrace open data, libraries and researchers are trying to keep up.
    Nature (  )
  • The dark side of publishing

    The explosion in open-access publishing has fuelled the rise of questionable operators.
    Nature (  )


  • Beyond the paper

    The journal and article are being superseded by algorithms that filter, rate and disseminate scholarship as it happens, argues Jason Priem.
    Nature (  )
  • A fool's errand

    Objections to the Creative Commons attribution licence are straw men raised by parties who want open access to be as closed as possible, warns John Wilbanks.
    Nature (  )
  • How to hasten open access

    Three advocates for a universally free scholarly literature give their prescriptions for the movement’s next push, from findability to translations.
    Nature (  )


  • Q&A: Knowledge liberator

    Robert Darnton heads the world's largest collection of academic publications, the Harvard University Library system. He is also a driver behind the new Digital Public Library of America. Ahead of its launch in April, he talks about Google, science journals and the open-access debate.
    Nature (  )


  • Open to possibilities

    Opting for open access means considering costs, journal prestige and career implications.
    Nature (  )

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