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Publications 2014, 2(1), 38-43; doi:10.3390/publications2010038

The Means of (Re-)Production: Expertise, Open Tools, Standards and Communication

University of Lincoln, Brayford Pool, Lincoln LN6 7TS, UK
Received: 23 January 2014 / Revised: 7 February 2014 / Accepted: 10 February 2014 / Published: 13 February 2014
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This article examines the current difficulties faced in penetrating the world of scholarly communication technology. While there have been large strides forward in the disintermediation of digital publishing expertise—most notably by the Public Knowledge Project—a substantial number of barriers remain. This paper examines a case study in terms of scholarly typesetting and the Journal Article Tag Suite (JATS) standard before moving to suggest three potential solutions: (1) The formation of open, non-commercial and inclusive (but structured) organizations dedicated to the group exploration and standardisation of scholarly publishing technology; (2) The collective authoring of as much technological and process documentation on scholarly publishing as is possible; (3) The modularisation of platforms and agreement on standards of interoperability. Only through such measures is it possible for researchers to reclaim the means of (re)production, for the remaining barriers are not difficult to understand, merely hard to discover.
Keywords: publishing; open access; technology; typesetting; JATS; XML publishing; open access; technology; typesetting; JATS; XML
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

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