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Scientific Publishing by Eberhard Hilf, Peter Geurts, Kasia Zalewska-Kurek, Hans Roosendaal

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Introduction

Why this book, why this book now and why this subtitle? These seem valid questions, as recently quite a number of books have been published on publishing, and in particular scientific publishing (Cope and Philips, 2006, 2009; Kist, 2008). Most of these books deal with changes in technology and their consequences for scientific publishing and archiving, as we have seen these over the past decade. In this book we take a different approach, albeit that we also take technological changes as our starting point. However, the purpose is not to analyse changes in publishing, but first to analyse what these technology changes mean for doing science, i.e. for the research process as it has developed and will further develop as e-science. ...

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