Scientific Authors in a Changing World of Scholarly Communication: What Does the Future Hold?
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CitationBaffy, Gyorgy, Michele M Burns, Beatrice Hoffmann, Subha Ramani, Sunil Sabharwal, Jonathan F Borus, Susan Pories, Stuart F Quan, and Julie R Ingelfinger. 2020. "Scientific Authors in a Changing World of Scholarly Communication: What Does the Future Hold?" The American Journal of Medicine 133, no. 1: 26-31.
AbstractScholarly communication in science, technology and medicine has been organized around journal-based scientific publishing for the past 350 years. Scientific publishing has unique business models and includes stakeholders with conflicting interests – publishers, funders, libraries, and scholars who create, curate, and consume the literature. Massive growth and change in scholarly communication, coinciding with digitalization, have amplified stresses inherent in traditional scientific publishing as evidenced by overwhelmed editors and reviewers, increased retraction rates, emergence of pseudo-journals, strained library budgets, and debates about the metrics of academic recognition for scholarly achievements. Simultaneously, several open access models are gaining traction and online technologies offer opportunities to augment traditional tasks of scientific publishing, develop integrated discovery services, and establish global and equitable scholarly communication through crowdsourcing, software development, big data management and machine learning. These rapidly evolving developments raise financial, legal and ethical dilemmas that require solutions while successful strategies are difficult to predict. Key challenges and trends are reviewed from the authors’ perspective about how to engage the scholarly community in this multifaceted process.
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