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One future for journal publishing | Logic Matters


RT @PeterSmith: Breaking the stranglehold of commercial publishers: one possible future for journal publishing http://t.co/em9fU0SxG2

Sourced through Scoop.it from: www.logicmatters.net

I should have looked down my list of stories in my Scoop.it! before posting my previous entry.  Here is a very interesting solution:

(From the original article quoted in the story)

…rather than publishing, or even electronically hosting, papers, it will consist of a list of links to arXiv preprints. Other than that, the journal will be entirely conventional: authors will submit links to arXiv preprints, and then the editors of the journal will find referees, using their quick opinions and more detailed reports in the usual way in order to decide which papers will be accepted. … [So] The articles will be peer-reviewed in the traditional way. There will also be a numbering system for the articles, so that when they are cited, they look like journal articles rather than “mere” arXiv preprints. They will be exclusive to Discrete Analysis (the journal).

Now, in case you don’t know, arXiv is among the oldest and most prolific Open Access repository of papers.  It was started in the pre-Web neonatal-Internet days (remember FTP and Gopher?).  The focus of the papers are physics and mathematics, and the result is a huge and rich source of research.  While not technically peer-reviewed, the repository has a collaborative quality-control system that relies on volunteers to re-classify and remove irrelevant papers.  While there are some problems inherent with this system, it is arguably the most successful of these attempts.

So now, why not take advantage of this rich and organized resource to do what journals do best – providing the best and most relevant articles for their readers.  That is what readers want – a filter that ensures quality and relevance.  It keeps the archive intact, so as not to censor research, but provides that filter to make it easier to stay up-to-date with the latest work.

But…this will still cost something to maintain.  For this journal, they are relying first on Oxford University to pay some of the costs, but they are seeking additional funding.  And it’s a system that is vulnerable to corruption – what will keep a publisher from exploiting this system and charging the same exorbitant prices the worst currently charge.   How to keep costs low but sustainable?

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