While it is largely agreed that the World Wide Web has greatly increased the availability of scientific articles, it has hardly changed the formats and work flows behind scientific publishing itself. This article discusses possible reasons for this.
This week the Royal Society made around 60.000 papers from their historical archive available online. Among the papers now open to the online public are such gems as Isaac Newton’s first published paper.
This excercise in open data coincides with the announcement of the first ever open access journal of the Royal Society, Open Biology.