It is interesting to study the history and see the changing landscape of journal publishing. Over the past 10 years, so much has changed and yet nothing has changed. In looking at past topics discussed by members of CSE, I discovered that the same topics are still being discussed today: peer review, authorship disputes, shifting with emerging technologies, and ultimately, expanding the journals reach to engage a wide audience of readers.
What has changed: software, programming, and applications. In the early 1990s, journals began to use software that would streamline processes. Journals began managing information through databases. Journals gained the ability to track changes in documents through word-processing applications. Efficiency increased with web-based applications allowing editors to access information electronically, from any location. Today, the options for tracking data and metrics, software systems for proofreading, and communications are over abundant.
The future of scientific publishing in the electronic age1 was a topic discussed at the CSE Annual Meeting in 2002. Speaker Maria Lebron made several predictions that came true. She asserted “e-books would become a reality.” She couldn’t have been more correct. She was also correct about her closing statement that the “Internet is easier to build than to predict.” Although there are more analytics on user behavior than ever before, the Internet will always morph and change with the emergence of new programs and trends.
One shift since this discussion in 2002 is the idea of needing a behavioral-functional model as presented by Michael Mabe. He presented this model as a predictive tool. With all the current online methodologies and studies, this model may be deemed outdated now. Nonetheless, Mabe’s predictions about the future of electronic publishing were intensely accurate.
Lindy Gervin is a technical writer for Kratos Defense