Updating “Scientific Publishing in Transition”

[Update: the new version has now been released: see The STM Report]

I’m about to start an update/revision of the “Scientific Publishing in Transition” paper I wrote for ALPSP/STM in 2006, which attempted to provide an overview of journals publishing issues with data taken from published papers and reports etc.

Obviously there’s been a lot of developments in the last three years. If anyone would like to suggest topics and/or published papers, reports etc. that should be covered in the new edition I’d be very grateful for the suggestions. Similarly, any suggested corrections or amendments to the existing text would be welcome.

In the interests of open discussion I’m suggesting responses could be posted as comments to this blog entry, thus collecting them together in one place. But straight responses to the list or private emails to me are equally welcome!

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3 Responses to “Updating “Scientific Publishing in Transition””


  1. 1 Robert Boissy 30 January 2009 at 3:12 pm

    No update would be complete without a view on the outsourcing of production activities – typesetting, printing, and archives creation (scanning) – to Asia.

    The slow but steady shift of STM authorship to Asia is also an important trend.

    I would personally like an explanation of why online STM publications attract a value-added tax in Europe that the same publications in print do not attract.

  2. 2 Susan Wishnetsky 30 January 2009 at 3:45 pm

    A recent and still uncertain trend in medical publishing is increased disclosure of authors’ financial ties to industry.

  3. 3 Becky Hall 30 January 2009 at 4:08 pm

    It would be good to look into how searching via the web and 2.0 tools are affecting research and publishing – i.e. will mass collaboration ever replace peer review or can they find ways to work together?


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