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Scholarly Publishing 2.0

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Presentation for conference on 'Researcher 2.0' at the OU on 10 Feb 2009, part of the OLnet project.

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Scholarly Publishing 2.0

  1. 1. Scholarly Publishing 2.0 Doug Clow [email_address] http://dougclow.wordpress.com 10 February 2009
  2. 2. What is scholarly publishing?
  3. 3. <ul><li>What scholars publish! </li></ul><ul><li>A distinctive sort of conversation by researchers </li></ul><ul><li>Quality </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Peer review </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. <ul><li>Twitter, IM </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs, podcasts (iTunesU), SlideShare, YouTube </li></ul><ul><li>Conference presentations/papers </li></ul><ul><li>Journal articles </li></ul><ul><li>Books </li></ul>
  5. 5. information explosion
  6. 6. <ul><li>eJournals (all e collections) </li></ul><ul><li>CiteSeer, Zotero </li></ul><ul><li>Google Scholar </li></ul><ul><li>OU Library federated search </li></ul><ul><li>TicTOCs (RSS) </li></ul>There is no such thing as information overload, only filter failure (Clay Shirky)
  7. 7. What really counts?
  8. 8. <ul><li>Metrics – REF </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Citation counts, impact factors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>h-index (N papers with N citations) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gaming the system </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Worse outside academia – Technorati (!) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Quality, impact – Peer review </li></ul>
  9. 9. follow the money
  10. 10. <ul><li>Marginal cost of publishing is zero </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>- Moore’s Law: costs halve every 18 months </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>E-journal price inflation >10% every year </li></ul><ul><li>Publishing costs alone now £575m/y </li></ul>
  11. 11. Per-article costs <ul><li>£5300 Writing </li></ul><ul><li>£2900 Publisher </li></ul><ul><li>£1400 Peer review </li></ul><ul><li>(source: JISC 2009) </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Subscription </li></ul><ul><li>Open access </li></ul><ul><ul><li>50% author-pays </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Self archiving </li></ul><ul><ul><li>ORO </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. peer review 2.0
  14. 14. JIME <ul><li>Radical open publishing – with quality </li></ul><ul><li>Author blogs submission draft </li></ul><ul><li>Editors first filter </li></ul><ul><li>Referees blog reviews </li></ul><ul><li>Author blogs revised draft </li></ul><ul><li>Editors review </li></ul><ul><li>Formal publication </li></ul>
  15. 15. So what?
  16. 16. <ul><li>Quantitative change (more, faster, easier) </li></ul><ul><li>No fundamental change </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Open access important, but small beer (libraries traditionally open, seamless sign-on) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Peer review remains key </li></ul><ul><ul><li>New forms? </li></ul></ul>
  17. 17. <ul><li>Houghton et al, “Economic implications of alternative scholarly publishing models: Exploring the costs and benefits”, JISC, 2009 </li></ul><ul><li>Clay Shirky http://www.cjr.org/overload/interview_with_clay_shirky_par.php?page=all </li></ul><ul><li>Twitter: @ciphergoth @mweller @andrew_x @jvvw @Marmara @francesbell @agneskh @KarenK @rjconnelly </li></ul><ul><li>Photos: Erica Marshall of muddyboots.org </li></ul>(CC) Some rights reserved http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/2.0/uk/ Attribution-Non-Commercial-Share Alike 2.0 UK: England & Wales

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