How to Change the Centuries-Old Model of Academic Publishing appears on the Pacific-Standard website and offers a prescription from Michael White, a systems biologist at the Department of Genetics and the Center for Genome Sciences and Systems Biology at the Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis.
Prof. White admits that scholarly publishing has improved since he was in graduate school and had to travel to the library and make copies of the articles that he wanted. However, he also feels that “academic publishers still aren’t taking full advantage of the possibilities offered by the Internet, especially the more recent developments in social media.”
He then goes on to discuss what he calls “experiments” that are testing “radical new models for academic publishing that take advantage of the powerful communication tools of social media. Needless to say, it makes for interesting reading.
Tom is originally from Brooklyn N.Y but has spent his entire professional career in South Carolina, most recently as Head of Reference Services at the College of Charleston. As part of the Against the Grain and Charleston Conference team, he serves as the associate editor of the print ATG as well as the co-editor of the webpage. Tom’s conference duties include coordinating the Penthouse Suite interviews as well as the conference poster sessions.
He received his MLS from the University of Buffalo, SUNY and a second master’s in public administration from the College of Charleston and the Univ. of South Carolina. His wife Carol and he live in downtown Charleston and she is an artist and a tour guide offering historic walking tours of the city.