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- What is that field of knowledge? To archive and make accessible scholarly work? That's what libraries have done for centuries. Libraries are already running the OA repositories for their faculty which IS publishing.(see a list here: http://www.loc.gov/rr/program/bib/libsci/fulltext.html)
There is active LIS research going on in many places about how to more effectively do this in libraries, e.g.:
So what is it that publishers know that librarians don't? This is not a rhetorical question, I just haven't met anyone who could tell me what justifies the existence of publishers.Feb 7, 2012
- again, playing devils' advocate, I'd say they might have a knowledge of the key people, whereas librarians tend to know about ideasFeb 7, 2012
- Publishers know about people? How does that help scholarly communication? Do you mean they know whose papers to publish and whose not to? I think we can do very well without that knowledge - some people want double blind peer-review precisely because one shouldn't know the people involved, just the science. Or, if it isn't scientists, who do publishers know and are they important enough to warrant profits that go in the billions each year? I really would like to know how to justify the existence of publishers, so I can think of a counter-argument. As of now, I don't even have such a justification.Feb 7, 2012
- yes, I meant whom to publish.
but i'm basically agreeing with, I don't think publishers are really necessary in the digital world...Feb 7, 2012
- I think I need to call out to corporate publishers and ask them how they justify their existence. We could sit here until the end of days and wonder why they are still around, it seems :-)Feb 7, 2012
- sounds a good idea to me...Feb 7, 2012
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