An analysis of the present system of scientific publishing: What’s wrong and where to go from here


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The number of articles published annually has been doubling every decade or so for the last two hundred years38; there are, at present, approximately 20 thousand refereed journals producing in excess of two million articles each year26. Researchers cannot possibly, and surveys have shown that they do not, keep up with this deluge of data39- in fact, it has been found that they do not want to read the seemingly inexhaustible literature40. With this growing number of articles, it is becoming increasingly more difficult to effectively sift through the literature to find the desired information. Even with the growing desire, and the computing ability, to mine the literature for additional information41-43, the incredible lack of uniformity within the literature in terms of ontologies and formats makes this method of research difficult to conduct.

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