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Science Publishing Is Urgently In Need Of Major Reform

VOLUME 7, No:17 The Scientist September 6, 1993 Opinion Science Publishing Is Urgently In Need Of Major Reform AUTHOR: RUSTUM ROY, pp.11 The function of science publishing today is to get information about new findings in science to at least three different communities: Group A, the specialists working in the same field as that in which the findings were made (numbering anywhere from 10 to 1,000 scientists); Group B, the general community of scientists and engineers who, a

Rustum Roy


VOLUME 7, No:17 The Scientist September 6, 1993

Opinion

Science Publishing Is Urgently In Need Of Major Reform

AUTHOR: RUSTUM ROY, pp.11

The function of science publishing today is to get information about new findings in science to at least three different communities:

  • Group A, the specialists working in the same field as that in which the findings were made (numbering anywhere from 10 to 1,000 scientists);
  • Group B, the general community of scientists and engineers who, although not in that field, are nevertheless interested in major advances in scientific areas other than their own--advances that may, indirectly or in the long term, be significant to them (probably between 1,000 and 10,000);
  • Group C, the general, attentive public and the policymakers who want or need to know of scientific developments that could have economic or social consequences (10,000-100,000).

    The classic media for science publishing--journals put out by societies and other...

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