A growing number of researchers contend that the traditional scientific journal--with its peer-review gatekeeping and relatively high printing and mailing costs--is seeing its last days. From now on, they predict, researchers will use the Internet to directly disseminate their papers to each other as part of a more flexible system that will progressively replace print journals--and, perhaps, their publishers. But publishers, while acknowledging the power of Internet distribution, insist they will continue to play an important role in the future of scientific communications.
INTERNET COMMUNICATIONS: Paul Ginsparg's home page links to his e-Print archive, a recent usage graph-showing a sharp drop at year-end holidays and an image of Ginsparg.
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