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Faster, cheaper, faker?

Will opening up scholarly publishing expose it to the same problems that have blighted journalism, asks Craig Nicholson.

For centuries, academic publishing was controlled by a relatively small number of publishers, editors and reviewers. The internet is changing all that, making the publication and sharing of research outputs much easier.

This makes research more open and democratic, and is generally agreed to be a good thing. Why wait months or even years for a paper to be prodded and poked by editors and reviewers when the results can be made available cheaply and almost immediately online and then verified post-hoc?

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