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Scholarly Publishing Developments to Watch

“It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change.”—Charles Darwin   For those of us involved in the endeavor of scientific editing and publishing, it’s not overstating the case to say we are experiencing monumental changes on every level of scholarly communication at a pace we’ve never seen before. At times we struggle to make sense of what’s happening around us. At other times, we are the authors of these changes ourselves, as we innovate and move in new directions. Experience has proven it’s dangerous to make predictions about the most important or meaningful trends evolving in our industry. Instead, what follows is a brief review of some interesting developments for science editors to watch over the coming year. Where they will lead remains to be seen. It’s dangerous to make predictions about the most important or meaningful trends evolving in our industry. Improving Institutional Access to Content One of the enigmas of problem solving is how setting out to solve one problem can unearth another. This is the case with Sci-Hub, a well-known pirate site that has used educational institutional proxies it has obtained to bypass publisher paywalls and make more than 60,000,000 scientific articles freely available to the world. It’s probably not a surprise that some advocates have cheered it on as a champion for disadvantaged researchers while publishers condemn it as a criminal enterprise. But it was a surprise to find researchers at universities in the United […]

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