Scholarly Communication in Turmoil

According to this article in Information Today the world of Scholary communication is having a bad time of it at the moment, the article represents the views of Sally Morris—former chief executive of the Association of Learned and Professional Society Publishers (ALPSP)—and Michael Mabe—chief executive of the International Association of Scientific, Technical & Medical Publishers (STM).

It's an article that will have you hooked because one of the first lines is "It is not clear how scholarly publishers will cope with change or if journals will even survive" The key issues are Open Access (OA) including copyright issues and new and faster communication methods (RSS, Blogs and Podcasts)

So what does the future hold, well surprise surprise it's "murky" but it looks like it is going to be an anxious time for everyone involved in this field, including Librarians who will atest to above inflation price rises for many years with budgets going in the opposite direction.