Die Zeitschrift „Publications“ (http://www.mdpi.com/journal/publications) ist eine peer-reviewed Open Access-Zeitschrift. Für ein Sonderheft „Scholarly Communication—A Vision for Tomorrow“ läuft gerade ein Call for papers (CfP): http://www.mdpi.com/journal/publications/special_issues/scholarly_communication
Open Science, as a very new movement, is slowly influencing the scholarly communication process. What does „scholarly communication“ mean? The Association of College & Research Libraries (ACRL) defines this as follows: „Scholarly communication is the system through which research and other scholarly writings are created, evaluated for quality, disseminated to the scholarly community, and preserved for future use. The system includes both formal means of communication, such as publication in peer-reviewed journals, and informal channels, such as electronic listservs.“
Scholarly communication and publishing has a long tradition (the first scientifc journal appeared in 1665). In this period of more than 350 years, the publishing process and the scholarly product (scientific article) have not seen great changes. But scientists are dissatisfied with the publishing mechanism, they claim access, pressure to publish, bias of peer review (to mention only a few things). On the other side, innovative players like Sciencematters or RIOJournals (Research Ideas and Outcomes) try to revolutionize the scene with fascinating tools.
How does the actual landscape of scholarly communication look like, how do we envisage the future in the year 2030? Which problems are scientists facing today and tomorrow? How can we create an inspiring ecosystem for the scientific community to foster creativity and new ideas? „In the new world of books, every bit informs another; every page reads all the other pages.“ Will this vision of Kevin Kelly (Wired-Editor) dominate the future of scholarly communication?
This Special Issue „Scholarly Communication—a Vision for Tomorrow“ will gather papers with fresh ideas, thoughts and inputs to explore new ways in the whole publishing process. Papers on the following topics are expected:
– Open Science
– reading/writing process
– influence of Artificial Intelligence on scholarly communication
– new models of peer reviewing
– future form of the scientific article
– nanopublications, data papers
I look forward to your submissions.