Magazine article Information Today

What the Future of Publishing Holds

Magazine article Information Today

What the Future of Publishing Holds

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Radical changes are coming, and many long established ideas will fall by the wayside, especially as we look to the year 2020. In fact, we are just starting to feel the impact of some changes, such as Web 2.0. David Worlock, founder of Electronic Publishing Services (EPS), provided a look into the future:

* Instead of OA, access to information will be automatic, and the idea of anybody "owning" research findings will be strange or wildly funny. The scholarly community will work on subscription and service fees; users will subscribe to the communities in which they work and the software that operates in their environments.

* Copyright will no longer exist because it will be replaced by clickable licenses among communities.

* No journals will exist; trackable information events will take their place. Nothing will be distributed unless it is RSS-enabled; XML will be universal.

* Publishers will have been replaced by value-added service providers (and only a few of them will exist).

* Individuals will have an electronic laboratory notebook (ELN) as their lifelong companion for tracking research, citations, and current awareness; former publishers will provide ELN services. …

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