The English version 1 of this book will reach a new audience and allow participation, however modest, in reflection on the transformation of scientific communication brought about by digitization. The book's focus is on scholarly journals, their place and contribution to renewed forms for the use, production, dissemination and preservation of research results.
Why we should deal with this issue might be questioned, if, in the minds of many, it has been or should have been settled a long time ago. We have only to observe the situation in Canada and in many European countries to realize that “digital time” or even “prophetic or utopian time” passes at a faster pace than the “real time” needed for social transformation in modes of expression and communication in a community that has its own rules, practices and institutional environment.
Social transformation is not a simple act of will, but rather a lengthy process that calls a diverse set of factors and participants into play. Otherwise, how can we explain the fact that the transition of journals to the digital age has not yet been accomplished by many national infrastructures of scientific communication?
Canada is a good example, yet many European countries could be cited as well. Equipped with world-class national research structures and with researchers who operate on a global level,