Monday, April 14, 2014

Thoughts on the future of (scientific) publishing

Publish I've been reading some interesting stuff recently on publishing so the purpose of this post is to try to pull it all together and reframe it in the (specific) context of scientific publishing.

First up is Michael Kinsley's piece, The Front Page 2.0, in which he demonstrates that the Golden Age of monopoly publishing was killed by Stein’s Law: It was too good to last. Kinsley concludes "It will all work out somehow", which it will, but not for traditional publishers. Look out guys, BuzzFeed is coming.

Following directly on is Jeff Jarvis' emerging essay on new publishing forms:

My problem is that most of the scientific publishers I work with don't want to hear these messages. For them, I fear it is Kinsley's actuarial solution.

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