Friction in the Workflow: Where are we generating more Heat than Light?

John Sack
Associate Publisher and Founding Director, HighWire, Stanford

Play (32min)

In twenty years of web-based scholarly publishing, we have done a lot of automation, but not so much transformation. That is, the process of publishing is more efficient, but not very different. What are the barriers to further improvement, and ultimately to transformation? Which barriers can be surmounted by technology, and which will require disciplines or norms to change? Beyond the barriers, where are the opportunities? Will formal scholarly communication need to depart the limits of scholarly publishing?