B – The tiger in the corner

Morris S. The tiger in the corner. Learned Publishing 2008;21:163-165. (doi: 10.1087/095315108X323901
The continuum from research through discussion and preprints to publication is changing: the informal stages are becoming more important and the final, formal stage is being eroded – and the formal role of the journal may become less important. A few publishers have developed new features and tools to fit into researchers’ new working patterns, but most journals may not have the resources for radical development and experimentation, and they may be held back by the innate conservatism of their organizations.