There are changes taking place in scholarly communications. What is the end goal? Is it worth the journey? The Scholarly Kitchen brought this interesting information to our attention in their article, “Ask The Chefs: The Future Form Of Scholarly Communication.”

The article author asked some information science professionals, “What form might scholarly communications take in the future?” The answers were interesting but varied some. Below are just a couple examples.

Lisa Janicke Hinchliffe, Professor/Coordinator for Information Literacy Services and Instruction in the University Library at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, believed that scholarly communications will take the form of whatever technologies emerge. “I think the real question is what form(s) of scholarly communications will be legitimized by reward systems and find a primary place in discovery systems.”

Alison Mudditt, CEO, Public Library of Science, shared her view that like the sciences, the humanities are pushing the boundaries of traditional peer review. “MIT Press is experimenting with a pre-print style posting and open review approach to monographs through their Works in Progress program. The considerable response to projects such as Data Feminism are proving the potential of this new approach.”

Melody K. Smith

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