Special Issue "Scholarly Communication—A Vision for Tomorrow"

A special issue of Publications (ISSN 2304-6775).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (20 December 2017)

Special Issue Editor

Guest Editor
Ms. Anne-Katharina Weilenmann

MSc Library and Information Management, Stettemerstrasse 165, CH-8207 Schaffhausen, Switzerland

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Open Science, as a very new movement, is slowly influencing the scholarly communication process. What does "scholarly communication" mean? The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) defines this as follows: "Scholarly communication is the system through which research and other scholarly writings are created, evaluated for quality, disseminated to the scholarly community, and preserved for future use. The system includes both formal means of communication, such as publication in peer-reviewed journals, and informal channels, such as electronic listservs."

Scholarly communication and publishing has a long tradition (the first scientifc journal appeared in 1665). In this period of more than 350 years, the publishing process and the scholarly product (scientific article) have not seen great changes. But scientists are dissatisfied with the publishing mechanism, they claim access, pressure to publish, bias of peer review (to mention only a few things). On the other side, innovative players like Sciencematters or RIOJournals (Research Ideas and Outcomes) try to revolutionize the scene with fascinating tools.

How does the actual landscape of scholarly communication look like, how do we envisage the future in the year 2030? Which problems are scientists facing today and tomorrow? How can we create an inspiring ecosystem for the scientific community to foster creativity and new ideas? "In the new world of books, every bit informs another; every page reads all the other pages." Will this vision of Kevin Kelly (Wired-Editor) dominate the future of scholarly communication?

This Special Issue "Scholarly Communication—a Vision for Tomorrow" will gather papers with fresh ideas, thoughts and inputs to explore new ways in the whole publishing process. Papers on the following topics are expected:

- Open Science
- reading/writing process
- influence of Artificial Intelligence on scholarly communication
- Blockchain
- new models of peer reviewing
- future form of the scientific article
- nanopublications, data papers

I look forward to your submissions.

Anne-Katharina Weilenmann
Guest Editor

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Open AccessOpinion “As-You-Go” Instead of “After-the-Fact”: A Network Approach to Scholarly Communication and Evaluation
Publications 2018, 6(2), 21; https://doi.org/10.3390/publications6020021
Received: 28 January 2018 / Revised: 23 April 2018 / Accepted: 23 April 2018 / Published: 26 April 2018
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Scholarly research faces threats to its sustainability on multiple domains (access, incentives, reproducibility, inclusivity). We argue that “after-the-fact” research papers do not help and actually cause some of these threats because the chronology of the research cycle is lost in a research paper.
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Scholarly research faces threats to its sustainability on multiple domains (access, incentives, reproducibility, inclusivity). We argue that “after-the-fact” research papers do not help and actually cause some of these threats because the chronology of the research cycle is lost in a research paper. We propose to give up the academic paper and propose a digitally native “as-you-go” alternative. In this design, modules of research outputs are communicated along the way and are directly linked to each other to form a network of outputs that can facilitate research evaluation. This embeds chronology in the design of scholarly communication and facilitates the recognition of more diverse outputs that go beyond the paper (e.g., code, materials). Moreover, using network analysis to investigate the relations between linked outputs could help align evaluation tools with evaluation questions. We illustrate how such a modular “as-you-go” design of scholarly communication could be structured and how network indicators could be computed to assist in the evaluation process, with specific use cases for funders, universities, and individual researchers. Full article
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