Making money. Elsevier's Pieter Bolman, interviewed by Information Today in The Future of Journals, claims that journal publishing is not about the “sharing of ideas” – that new ideas are shared at conferences and through personal interaction, while journals are useful as the official record, or a stake in the frontier for researchers. […] [HubLog]
Exactly. As Andrew Odlyzko wrote, “Journals are not where the interesting action is“. And this is why I find it more exciting to investigate the evolution of informal scholarly communication media such as personal knowledge publishing and wikis, especially as these developments occur synergetically with what happens in the wider world.
journals have been dying for many a year, but they also are necessary for so many things in academia.