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Evolution or revolution? Changing the way science is published and communicated

In a new article in PLoS Biology, Buzz Baum and Enrico Coen discuss the changing landscape of scientific publishing.

Evolution or revolution? Changing the way science is published and communicated

Abstract from the article:

The Internet is rapidly changing the way the results of academic research are communicated within communities and with the wider public. In a push to accelerate change and make the results of research immediately and freely available online for all to read and use, the European Commission, with support from a group of high-profile funders, has proposed a plan to influence the way academic research is published. Here, we discuss the likely impact of this plan on the publishing landscape, the potential benefits, and some possible unintended consequences.