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The Dynamic Landscape of Publishing



While traditional publishing models remain in full force, the Internet is beginning to cause the academy, scholars, scholarly societies, and others to rethink their traditional roles within scholarly communication.  Some of the more notable developments growing out of this reassessment of roles within scholarly communication are:

Open Access Journals— Because open access journals are funded by author submission fees rather than reader subscriptions, their published articles can be made universally available.  The Directory of Open Access Journals currently lists over 7,000 open access journals

Archiving Mandates—The faculties of some prestigious universities including Harvard, MIT and Stanford have asked that their colleagues deposit copies of their published articles in institutional or disciplinary repositories so they might be more accessible to interested scholars and readers, and securely archived for future generations.  Additionally, several funding agencies have issued guidelines requiring deposit of taxpayer funded research in open repositories.  

Author Rights— Most academic authors are motivated to publish as a means of sharing their ideas with other scholars and advancing the public good.  Accordingly, these authors would best achieve their goals by the use of a Creative Commons License  or an Author’s Addendum whereby authors retain a degree of control over the distribution of their intellectual property.

Peer Review— Peer review is valuable research practice in that it protects the public from dubious ideas and findings, and helps to recognize and reward desirable researcher characteristics such as creativity, relevance, rigor and clearly delineated opportunities for replication and validation.  Increasingly, new methods of organizing peer review are developing, especially systems of open post-publication peer review (OPR) which might be more open, cost-effective, and in the control of academics. 

Read more bout it:  Research is more valuable when its shared | Author's Rights | Principles and Stratedgies for the Reform of Scholarly Communication | My Academic Publishing Experience: Barriers to Open Access