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Publications 2019, 7(1), 6; https://doi.org/10.3390/publications7010006

Preprints in Scholarly Communication: Re-Imagining Metrics and Infrastructures

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Indian Institute for Human Settlements Library and School of Library and Information Science, REVA University, Bengaluru 560064, India
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School of Library and Information Science, REVA University, Yelahanka, Bengaluru 560064, India
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Received: 2 September 2018 / Revised: 15 December 2018 / Accepted: 8 January 2019 / Published: 14 January 2019
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Abstract

Digital scholarship and electronic publishing among the scholarly communities are changing when metrics and open infrastructures take centre stage for measuring research impact. In scholarly communication, the growth of preprint repositories over the last three decades as a new model of scholarly publishing has emerged as one of the major developments. As it unfolds, the landscape of scholarly communication is transitioning, as much is being privatized as it is being made open and towards alternative metrics, such as social media attention, author-level, and article-level metrics. Moreover, the granularity of evaluating research impact through new metrics and social media change the objective standards of evaluating research performance. Using preprint repositories as a case study, this article situates them in a scholarly web, examining their salient features, benefits, and futures. Towards scholarly web development and publishing on semantic and social web with open infrastructures, citations, and alternative metrics—how preprints advance building web as data is discussed. We examine that this will viably demonstrate new metrics and in enhancing research publishing tools in scholarly commons facilitating various communities of practice. However, for the preprint repositories to sustain, scholarly communities and funding agencies should support continued investment in open knowledge, alternative metrics development, and open infrastructures in scholarly publishing. View Full-Text
Keywords: preprint repositories; scholarly publishing; scholarly communication; scholarly metrics; open infrastructures; scholarly web preprint repositories; scholarly publishing; scholarly communication; scholarly metrics; open infrastructures; scholarly web
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