There is a digital revolution underway. It is changing how many things are done – including scholarly publishing. The way that academic research is published, and its availability, has shifted over time. Academic and scholarly journals used to be available only in hard copy. Then came fairly ubiquitous internet access. This ushered in increasingly expensive subscription access to digital copies of journals. And then open access publishing arrived. Now, it is becoming increasingly easy and free to access academic research that was once hidden behind pay walls in specialist journals. This changing landscape prompted the Academy of Science of South Africa to carefully study the potential impact of the digital revolution on scholarly publishing.
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