The future of publishing
After nearly 400 years in the slow-moving world of print, the scientific publishing industry is suddenly being thrust into a fast-paced online world of cloud computing, crowd sourcing and ubiquitous sharing. Long-established practices are being challenged by new ones – most notably, the open-access,
author-pays publishing model. In this special issue, *Nature* takes a close look at the forces now at work in scientific publishing, and how they may play out over the coming decades.