Wednesday, November 01, 2006

Poised for change: Rick Johnson

The scientific paper and its historic container, the journal, are poised for change. The possibilities and demands of science together with new enabling technologies are just too compelling to resist ~

So says Richard Johnson, in Will Research Sharing Keep Pace with the Internet?. The Journal of Neuroscience 26(37):pp. 9349-9351, recently self-archived in E-LIS.

The world wide web has opened up potential for scholarly communications that go far beyond open access to the scholarly peer-reviewed journal article, an item born in the print era and bearing the limitations of print, even when transferred to the web. It is now possible for researchers to work together and share information in ways that go far beyond the limitations of print, such as publishing of data for re-use and ease with which people from different disciplines and different areas of the world can work together.

Rick talks about the gridlock that has slowed change in academic, a gridlock that flows from the prestige culture of the university. The movement by the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR) towards policy involving physical products of research and data, as well as open access to the peer-reviewed literature, is presented as a potential means of breaking the gridlock.

Rick Johnson was the founding Executive Director of SPARC, the Scholarly Publishing and Research Coalition, and currently SPARC Senior Advisor, is one of the pioneers of Creating Change in scholarly communications, and well as one of the early leaders of the open access movement, one of the participants in the meeting that led to the Budapest Open Access Initiative , a defining moment in open access history.

This article is only one of the articles Rick has recently self-archived in E-LIS. Thank you for your leadership - now, and for all these years, Rick. And thank you for sharing your work through E-LIS.

If you, too, are poised for change, please consider joining the SPARC Open Data Discussion List, with moderator Peter Murray-Rust.

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