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Abandoning Paper

Not really ground-breaking, but part of a trend: Leading sociology journal abandons print edition (note the funding model proposed at the end of the article – that might be something new). Journals (academics) are getting the message that openness translates into broad scale impact. I attended a presentation by Terry Anderson a few months ago, and he mentioned the significantly greater impact of IRRODL over traditional journals…due to ease of access. In a networked world, to be closed is to hamper flow of information. The information has to be substantially better than what’s available in the open space in order for most people to consider paying for it.