Tuesday, February 2, 2010

New Report on Scholarly Communication for Research in Progress in Selected Disciplines

The Center for Studies in Higher Education (CSHE) at the University of California Berkeley has just published (January 2010) a new report on scholarly communication issues related to research in progress across selected disciplines: archaeology, astrophysics, biology, economics, history, music and political science. Assessing the Future Landscape of Scholarly Communication: An Exploration of Faculty Values and Needs in Seven Disciplines reflects responses from 160 participants located at 45 primarily elite, research institutions. Findings indicate that opportunities for innovative use of technology and dissemination of information exist in all of these fields, but are still overshadowed by the existing publication and communication cultures for advancement in the given field. The report consists of a synthesis chapter as well as individual chapters on each discipline.

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