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The future of publishing

mainAfter nearly 400 years in the slow-moving world of print, the scientific publishing industry is suddenly being thrust into a fast-paced online world of cloud computing, crowd sourcing and ubiquitous sharing. Long-established practices are being challenged by new ones – most notably, the open-access, author-pays publishing model. In this special issue, Nature takes a close look at the forces now at work in scientific publishing, and how they may play out over the coming decades.

Click on the links below to read these excellent articles from the March 28, 2013 special edition of Nature.

Disciplinary action

How scientists share and reuse information is driven by technology but shaped by discipline.

Sham journals scam authors

Con artists are stealing the identities of real journals to cheat scientists out of publishing fees.

The true cost of science publishing

Cheap open-access journals raise questions about the value publishers add for their money.

The library reboot

As scientific publishing moves to embrace open data, libraries and researchers are trying to keep up.

The dark side of publishing

The explosion in open-access publishing has fuelled the rise of questionable operators.

Beyond the paper

The journal and article are being superseded by algorithms that filter, rate and disseminate scholarship as it happens, argues Jason Priem.

A fool’s errand

Objections to the Creative Commons attribution licence are straw men raised by parties who want open access to be as closed as possible, warns John Wilbanks.

How to hasten open access

Three advocates for a universally free scholarly literature give their prescriptions for the movement’s next push, from findability to translations.

Q&A: Knowledge liberator

Robert Darnton heads the world’s largest collection of academic publications, the Harvard University Library system. He is also a driver behind the new Digital Public Library of America. Ahead of its launch in April, he talks about Google, science journals and the open-access debate.

Open to possibilities

Opting for open access means considering costs, journal prestige and career implications.

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