Debate on the Future of Scholarly Publishing

The Scientist‘s August cover story entitled Whither Science Publishing? deals with the future of scientific publishing.
The journal has asked publishers, researchers, information scientists and others about problems with the existing system of scientific publishing and how it will look like in ten years. Questions are Is open-access publishing the wave of the future? or Are there problems with the existing peer-review system?

Nature News: “Scientists, your number is up”

Nature reports about the launch of the Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID). ORCID is a non-profit organization which aims to establish a registry for author identificaton as the de facto standard. Individual researchers may create an ORCID record without a membership fee as of later this year.

“When the scheme opens for business in the coming months, it will at first rely on large publishers and research agencies to build a critical mass of registrants, because they can require researchers to provide or register for an ORCID number in order to publish a paper or submit a grant proposal.” (Nature, 485, 564 (), doi:10.1038/485564a)

The article points to the problem that many research institutions don’t realize the practical value of ORCID and that many researchers have never heard of it.

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