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


Science Publishing Is Urgently In Need Of Major Reform


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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