Technology is inevitably changing how scientists interact with journals and, ultimately, with each other. Consider workshops such as BeyondthepPDF2 and platforms hosting primary literature discussion such as Journal Lab. If this is the future, how can graduate students find security in future incentives with subjectively “classical” contributions? By re-evaluating the assessment criteria and the process of dissemination for scientific findings in a technological age, we can work identify the gaps in scientific discourse that need to be filled.
Graduates are confronted with using new approaches to scientific discourse while maintaining previous Gutenberg-inspired methods (e.g. paying publishers to sell it, paying more for color photos when ink is no longer an issue, etc.) . Chris Holdraf writes an insightful overview to how training in graduate school is shaping the world beyond the walls of academia in his article Beyond Academia: a new approach to PhDs. Future jobs for scientists include the possibility of filling in these gaps, and science hubs and blogs are becoming epicenters for real-time data sharing and discussion, like platforms being established by PLOS, for instance.
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