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The Essential Causes of Problems in Scholarly Communication

The current state of scholarly communication is not the result of one particular cause and will not be remedied by a single solution. Stakeholders— librarians, publishers, and faculty —need to work in conjunction to rectify rising costs and restrictions in access. The evolution of Journal Impact Factors has led to loss of control in the information industry. Even advances in electronic publishing have proven to be an expensive endeavor. Other alternatives, including open access initiatives, institutional repositories, and self-publishing do not require the cooperation of commercial publishers. This paper explores the essential causes of problems in scholarly communication based on importance and offers solutions that either work with or against publishers.
A battle within the information industry now exists between scholarly advocates, libraries, and sellers of scholarly research, commercial publishers. Publishers have gained control over the fate of information created by faculty and researchers to make a profit. The sky-rocketing prices of journals combined with the curr…

 

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