How to Change the Centuries-Old Model of Academic Publishing appears on the Pacific-Standard website and offers a prescription from Michael White, a systems biologist at the Department of Genetics and the Center for Genome Sciences and Systems Biology at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
Prof. White admits that scholarly publishing has improved since he was in graduate school and had to travel to the library and make copies of the articles that he wanted. However, he also feels that “academic publishers still aren’t taking full advantage of the possibilities offered by the Internet, especially the more recent developments in social media.”
He then goes on to discuss what he calls “experiments” that are testing “radical new models for academic publishing that take advantage of the powerful communication tools of social media. Needless to say, it makes for interesting reading.