My latest higher education article for Technology & Learning, Knowledge Networks, is now available. The article draws deeply from my previous blog posts, Linked, Scholarship 2.0, and The Future of Academic Publishing.
Here are a couple of quotes from the article:
[T]he system [of academic writing] is fairly clunky. There aren't easy ways to tell who the [top scholars] are, nor are there ways to easily find hidden nuggets of wisdom. . . . Tracking down a new resource from an existing article or book also is difficult, since readers have to first find the publication through trial-and-error searching of various databases and then either download it or track down a print version. Much high-quality writing never sees the light of day or isn't cited by anyone because it's not in the "right place." We can do better. . . .
If we can figure out how to get beyond academic publishers' revenue protection concerns, the world's body of scholarly research can be available to anyone with an Internet connection. That's a goal worth working toward.