Nature-Special: Future of Publishing

After nearly 400 years in the slow-moving world of print, the scientific publishing industry is suddenly being thrust into a fast-paced online world of cloud computing, crowd sourcing and ubiquitous sharing. Long-established practices are being challenged by new ones – most notably, the open-access, author-pays publishing model. In this special issue, Nature takes a close look at the forces now at work in scientific publishing, and how they may play out over the coming decades.


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  • Disciplinary action: How scientists share and reuse information is driven by technology but shaped by discipline. Nature (  )


  • Sham journals scam authorsCon artists are stealing the identities of real journals to cheat scientists out of publishing fees. Nature (  )


  • The library rebootAs scientific publishing moves to embrace open data, libraries and researchers are trying to keep up. Nature (  )
  • The dark side of publishingThe explosion in open-access publishing has fuelled the rise of questionable operators. Nature (  )


  • Beyond the paperThe journal and article are being superseded by algorithms that filter, rate and disseminate scholarship as it happens, argues Jason Priem. Nature (  )
  • A fool’s errandObjections to the Creative Commons attribution licence are straw men raised by parties who want open access to be as closed as possible, warns John Wilbanks. Nature (  )
  • How to hasten open accessThree advocates for a universally free scholarly literature give their prescriptions for the movement’s next push, from findability to translations. Nature (  )


  • Q&A: Knowledge liberatorRobert Darnton heads the world’s largest collection of academic publications, the Harvard University Library system. He is also a driver behind the new Digital Public Library of America. Ahead of its launch in April, he talks about Google, science journals and the open-access debate. Nature (  )


  • Open to possibilitiesOpting for open access means considering costs, journal prestige and career implications. Nature (  )


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