The future of Physics publishing

Physics World 2007. (20) 1

Physicists need to keep abreast of the latest changes in science publishing.
The January issue of Physics World (Vol. 20, No.1, 2007) has three papers in its “Comment ” section introducing an issue featuring developments in physics publishing, and also has a whole section entitled “The future of physics publishing” (p. 18-36). Here follow the individual entries:

[Editorial]. 2007. Brave new Web. Physics World. 29(1)13
Article introducing an issue featuring developments in physics publishiing and suggesting physicists are slow to use the new tools: 84% have no idea what social tagging is; only 14% have ever contributed to a work-related wiki etc.

Carroll S. 2007. Blogging for physics. Physics World 29(1)14
Explains how blogging can place scientific research in a wider context

Crease RP. 2007 Critical point: The lost art of the letter . Physics World 29(1)15
The Internet is affecting not only how scientists communicate, but also how furure science historians will work.

Chalmers M. 2007 A revolution in bits. Physics World 29(1)18-21
The Internet is transforming the way that physicists report their findings and communicate with one another. This article shows that we are only just beginning to harness the power of the Web. Its current use by physics journals, the effect of open-access, open peer review, blogs including Wikipedia, and possible future problems are all discussed.

Voss R. 2007. The open-access debate. Physics World 29(1)22
Paper making the case for open-access journals.

Enderby J. 2007 . The open-access debate. Physics World 29(1)23
Paper warning that open-acess publishing is an unproved business model and not in the best interests of science.

Griffiths, M R. 2007 Talking physics in the social Web. Physics World 29(1)24-28
From “blogs” to “wikis”, the Web is now more than a mere repository of information. This paper investigates how this new interactivity is affecting the way physicists communicate and access information.

Cartlidge, E. 2007. Peer review steps out of the shadows. Physics World. 29(1)29-30
Some researchers believe that the Internet can be used to imporove the transparency and quality of the peer-review process, but as this paper discovers, “open peer review” has yet to catch on in the physics community.

Meho LI. 2007. The rise and rise of citation analysis. Physics World. 29(1)32-36
With the vast majority of scientific papers now available online, this paper describes how the Web is allowing physicists and information providers to measure more accurately the impact of these papers and their authors and ending the monopoly of Thomson Scientific (formerly ISI).

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