How is scholarly communication changing as the internet develops? It’s a new (in)visible college, according to Bryan Alexander.
We’re seeing all kinds of experimentation with new forms of scholarly publication, including professional and DiY digital archiving, shareable datasets, and a boom in “gray literature.” Peer review is getting tweaked, and the American public intellectual has made a comeback via Web 2.0.
Although much has changed, the entire pre-Web scholarly communication system continues to hum along. Peer review, book-length monographs, important articles, unpaid editorial work, scholarly societies supporting themselves with journal sales: all are out there, even in 2011.