bmj.com: new initiatives Tony Delamothe web editor bmj.com http://bmj.com/misc/talks. [email protected] Where I stand. Traditional paper journal. ?. Traditional electronic journal. 1995. 2000. ?. The paradigm breaks down. Early lessons.
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Traditional paper journal
Traditional electronic journal
The paradigm breaks down
We are in great haste to construct a magnetic telegraph from Maine to Texas; but Maine and Texas, it may be, have nothing important to communicate.
This is meant to be a cautionary tale. I choose to read it the other way.
“Perhaps the chief lesson of the whole story [is] the capacity of the internet to transfer absolute power to the consumer….
“For years now, companies have been complaining quietly of their loss of influence over their customers. It may be, of course, that as the internet matures, they will be able to reassert themselves. If not, the tech frenzy could turn out not so much to have exaggerated the internet's promise as to have missed the danger it poses.”
FT’s review ofDot.com: the greatest story ever sold
The eprint server
free, full text, fast
slow, expensive, and peer reviewed
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Remember, paper currently beats electronic for:
Conclusion: we should exploit the best of both media
paper (120 000)electronic (116 000)
the forms may change but the aims of scientific publication remain the same
Paper is brief and beautiful and I love it, but it’s a wholly inadequate medium to conduct the conversations that humanity has to have. What were journals created for in the first place? To enable knowledge creation by conversation, except that every exchange took six months. What we need is much more proficient knowledge creation.
- Bela Hartnavy, 1996
“The power of bringing together the right minds around a subject in an on-line dialogue, well facilitated, well deliberated, I think has enormous potential to help us get through issues that we’ve never solved before. You seethis embodied in the open source model for software creation. But that same model could apply to policy issues, social issues, educational issues.”
- Mario Morino
(transcript at: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/onceandfutureweb/database/secc/case3.html