November 29, 2015

New Special Issue of Nature Focuses on Future of Scientific Publishing; Includes Articles About Libraries and Open Access

A new special issue of Nature is online (all articles are available to non-subscribers) that looks at the future of publishing. The entire issue is worth a look. Links follow. We will begin with an article and interview that will be of extra special interest.

  • The Library Reboot
    “As scientific publishing moves to embrace open data, libraries and researchers are trying to keep up.”
  • Q&A: Knowledge Liberator 
    “Robert 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.”

Additional Items in This Issue

  • Editorial: Disciplinary Action
    “How scientists share and reuse information is driven by technology but shaped by discipline.”
  • Sham Journals Scam Authors
    “Con artists are stealing the identities of real journals to cheat scientists out of publishing fees.”
  • Commentary: Beyond the Paper
    “The journal and article are being superseded by algorithms that filter, rate and disseminate scholarship as it happens, argues Jason Priem.”
  • Commentary: A Fool’s Errand
    “Objections 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.”
  • Commentary: “How to Hasten Open Access”
    “Three advocates for a universally free scholarly literature give their prescriptions for the movement’s next push, from findability to translations.”
  • Careers: Open to Possibilities
    “Opting for open access means considering costs, journal prestige and career implications.”
Gary Price About Gary Price

Gary Price ( is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.

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