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Herendeen, Patrick [1].

Roundtable Discussion - Electronic Publication: Is It Time to Kiss Our Paper Journals Goodbye?

As electronic access to publications becomes commonplace and routine, increasing numbers of users and publishers are questioning whether the time has come to eliminate paper publications. Until this year the rules of botanical nomenclature prohibited e-only taxonomic publications. But times have changed and as of 1 January 2012 the new nomenclature rules allow electronic-only publication of new names. While the impetus for this discussion session grew out of considerations relevant to taxonomy, most of the topics to be discussed are of much broader relevance. New Phytologist has made the decision to go e-only as of January 2012. Is such a shift to e-only publishing something that might make sense in the near future for our society-based journals (e.g., American Journal of Botany, Systematic Botany, American Fern Journal, The Bryologist, Taxon, Botany) and institution-based journals (e.g., Annals of the Missouri Botanical Garden, Novon, Brittonia, International Journal of Plant Sciences)? This roundtable discussion will address a range of topics that are relevant to electronic-only publication. The discussion session will begin with four brief "position statements" followed by open discussion with panel members and audience. Some of the topics to be addressed in the discussion include:Review of Code requirements for electronic-only publication How does a "traditional" publisher move forward to online only publication?Business models for e-only publishing, especially as relates to society-based journals Conversion of journals to e-only, or publication of selected content as e-only Version of record- permanence of publications Early release vs final version of record Open Access or not- how to provide access to users

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1 - Chicago Botanic Garden, Senior Scientist, 1000 Lake Cook Road, Glencoe, IL, 60022, USA

Electronic Publishing

Presentation Type: Discussion Session
Session: D1
Location: Nationwide/Hyatt
Date: Tuesday, July 10th, 2012
Time: 11:00 AM
Number: D1001
Abstract ID:860

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