Whatever your interest is in the realm of scholarly publishing, one thing is clear – the landscape is changing dramatically! The most challenging aspect of what is happening is that nobody knows exactly how things are going to evolve and what direction will be the most viable in the future. What we do know is that the internet is destined to play an increasingly important role, but we can only imagine exactly how the internet will eventually shape the future of scholarly publishing. Here are two important changes that I am anticipating, and the scope of change that seems possible:
- The roles and responsibilities of publishers. The internet is making it possible for almost anyone to become a publisher, and is changing the ways that traditional publishers do business. Publishers play a significant role in assuring certain standards of quality in their publications. They cover the cost of getting the publication from manuscript to print and they manage the task of distribution of the product. The internet provides Read more
By now ANS readers are familiar with accessing articles online, either through the ANS web site, or the electronic collection provided by their organization’s library. The data on usage clearly documents the overwhelming preference that readers have for journal content online. Since all of the journal content is accessible online, you may not be aware that some of the content of the journal appears only online, and not in ANS on paper! Regardless of the format on paper or online-only, all articles that appear in ANS have undergone the exact same peer-review scrutiny, and meet the scholarly criteria established for publication in ANS. All articles have also been revised to address issues and suggestions offered by the reviewers, adding substantially to the quality of what you read.
We began including online-only content about 3 years ago. This has been a tremendous value for the journal, as well as for the discipline. When a journal is limited to paper only, the result can be a huge back-log of excellent material with long periods of time between submission and actual publication, or a severe limitation in what can be published by the journal, dictated not by Read more