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Hot discussions about the role of refereed publications and potential alternatives to the long-standing model.


Research Blogging
"Do you like to read about new developments in science and other fields? ... Research Blogging allows readers to easily find blog posts about serious peer-reviewed research, instead of just news reports and press releases."

Why Academics Should Blog by Hugh McGuire

Scholarly Kitchen from the Society for Scholarly Publishing keeps readers aware of developments in STM publishing.


Articles and discussion

Why Current Publication Practices May Distort Science. Young NS, Ioannidis JPA, Al-Ubaydli O (2008).  PLoS Med 5(10): e201 Published: October 7, 2008
"This essay makes the underlying assumption that scientific information is an economic commodity, and that scientific journals are a medium for its dissemination and exchange."

User-Generated Science
The Economist  •  September 18, 2008
Science 2.0 is on the rise. Internet-based peer review is much more efficient that the cumbersome conventional scientific publishing process, but scientists are still leery about divulging their research online. Now there's Seed Media Group's Research Blogging, a forum that aims to streamline the process of scientific discourse. ...

If Digg (or Reddit) ran the arXiv
Contends that ratings are valid only with a critical mass of respondents.

Reinventing scientific papers by guest blogger Robin Blume-Kohout
Recommends a new medium, encompassing hypertext, "choose your own adventure," modular content, distributed editing, attached commentary.

Liquid Publications: Scientific Publications meet the Web. and
"Changing the way scientific knowledge is produced, disseminated, evaluated, and consumed."

Signs of epistemic disruption: Transformations in the knowledge system of the academic journal
by Bill Cope and Mary Kalantzis. First Monday, Volume 14, Number 4 - 6 April 2009
"This article is an overview of the current state of scholarly journals, not (just) as an activity to be described in terms of its changing processes, but more fundamentally as a pivot point in a broader knowledge system. After locating journals in what we term the process of knowledge design, the article goes on to discuss some of the deeply disruptive aspects of the contemporary moment."

University Publishing In A Digital Age
"This paper argues that a renewed commitment to publishing in its broadest sense can enable universities to more fully realize the potential global impact of their academic programs, enhance the reputations of their institutions, maintain a strong voice in determining what constitutes important scholarship, and in some cases reduce costs."

PLoS One: Interview with Peter Binfield
"I’ve interviewed Pete to ask him not only about article-level metrics, but also about the publishing model of PLoS ONE and how these two relate to each other."

Assessing the Future Landscape of Scholarly Communication: An Exploration of Faculty Values and Needs in Seven Disciplines (2010, UC Berkeley, Center for Studies in Higher Education)
Confirms that (during survey time of 2007-2010) the traditional, peer-reviewed channels still rule.

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