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The Evolving Landscape of Scientific Publishing


S Armato

W Hendee

C Marshall

B Curran

S Armato1*, W Hendee2*, C Marshall3*, B Curran4*, (1) The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL, (2) Rochester, MN, (3) New York, NY, (4) Rhode Island Hospital/Brown Medical Center, Providence, RI

WE-F-211-1 Wednesday 3:00:00 PM - 3:50:00 PM Room: 211

The dissemination of scientific advances has changed little since the first peer-reviewed journal was published in 1665 – that is, until this past decade. The print journal, delivered by mail and stored on office shelves and in library reading rooms around the world, has been transformed by immediate, on-demand access to scientific discovery in electronic form. At the same time, the producers and consumers of that scientific content have greatly increased in number, and the balance between supply and demand has required innovations in the world of scientific publishing. In light of technological advances and societal expectations, the dissemination of scientific knowledge has assumed a new form, one that is dynamic and rapidly changing. The academic medical physicist must understand this evolution to ensure that appropriate decisions are made with regard to journal submission strategies and that relevant information on new findings is obtained in a timely manner. Medical Physics is adapting to these changes in substantive ways. This new scientific publishing landscape has implications for subscription models, targeted access through semantic enrichment, user interactivity with content, customized content delivery, and advertising opportunities. Many organizations, including the AAPM, depend on scientific publishing as a significant source of revenue, but web-based delivery raises the expectation that access should be free and threatens this model. The purpose of this symposium is to explore the factors that have contributed to the current state of scientific publishing, to anticipate future directions in this arena, and to convey how medical physicists may benefit from the expanded opportunities, both as authors and as readers.

Learning Objectives:
1. To appreciate the importance of scientific and clinical practice communication for the advancement of the medical physics field
2. To understand the roles of the Editorial Board and the Journal Business Management Committee in the promotion and advancement of Medical Physics
3. To explore technology-driven content delivery mechanisms and their role in facilitating content access and driving content usage
4. To understand the potential benefits and pitfalls of various economic and editorial models of scientific publications and the recent shifts away from the traditional role of libraries


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