*Major changes in scientific publishing - the dead of the scientific journal as we know it*
As the publishing industry in general is under major changes, so also scientific publishing.
A a major driver behind this is our move into the digital age, especially a huge capacity of data storage and digital social networks.
One major problem in science is the big data problem. We produce so much information, that it is impossible to digest it in the traditional way, even in your small scientific field.
We need text mining by robots to deal with this data amount. We need novel form of data presentation, hierarchical structured data instead of the journal format. Social networks can help to structure and find data.
My guess and suggestion: we move to a future where we get direct publishing of real time results on the blogs of the individual scientist. We will get post publication reviews in the frame of social networks. Scientific work will no longer be published in static papers, but projects will develop in a dynamic fashion. We will constantly utilize the collaborative intelligence found in the cloud. The scientific agenda will no longer be defined by a small group of editors, but by a large crowd.
Maybe Google or other companies will take over the role a major publisher. Author tracking apps, data mining and novel forms of data presentation will take over. The new Nature might be an iterative child of apps like Summly.
As we face such fundamental changes, the business model of large journal such a s Science and Nature get challenged. The centerpiece of the business model of the academic government employee does the same (tax founded position for many high impact publications).
It looks like that we need to rethink the social praxis of science. Depending on our science political stand point, has different cultures evolved.
One interesting collection of view points from the standpoint of a traditional publisher went online today.
*THE FUTURE OF PUBLISHING*
This collection can be a great beginning to start a broader discussion. We will need this, as we need a new social agreement for scientific publishing in order to get well adapted to the realities of the digital age.