Why academia should ‘cut out the whole notion of publishing’

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 “A better approach to academic publishing is to cut out the whole notion of publishing. We don’t really need journals as traditionally conceived. The primary role of traditional journals is to provide peer review and for that you don’t need a physical journal—you just need an editorial board and an editorial process.” Jason Schmitt on the obsolescence of academic journals, the broken promise of open access, and why it should all be replaced by a costless, pre-print server.

As well as saving money for universities and opening academia to non-specialized consumption, the digitalisation of discourse would allow robots such as Statcheck to participant in the strident prohibition of error. Preliminary steps have been taken in this direction but are largely blocked by access barriers and are in hopeless competition with traditional journal consumption.

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