Changing scenario of scholarly communication: Journals, e-journals and Open Access journals


In 1991, the Nobel Prize recipient Joshua Lederberg made a speech entitled ‘Communication as the Root of Scientific Progress’ (Lederberg, 1993). In this speech, he indicated the significance of scholarly literature, scholarly publishing and scholarly communication for the progress of science. Progress made by mankind from the Stone Age to the Google Age is largely due to research, and the resultant new information has led to the development of a ‘knowledge society’. In a knowledge society, knowledge generated through research is a critical national resource. But it is not enough to focus only on the generation of knowledge. It is equally ...

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