Re: Sociology of Technology

From: Jan Velterop <velterop_at_BIOMEDCENTRAL.COM>
Date: Fri, 9 Jul 2004 13:09:40 +0100

Interesting. I wonder if this article is self-archived and where to find it.
I can't locate it via Google; just the TA Sage version. Any help is
appreciated. Many thanks in advance.

Jan Velterop

> -----Original Message-----
> From: American Scientist Open Access Forum
> Behalf Of Ingemar Bohlin
> Sent: 09 July 2004 12:53
> Subject: Sociology of Technology
> Hi Stevan,
> Would you mind posting this note to the American Scientist discussion
> list?
> An article which might be of interest to this forum has just appeared
> in Social Studies of Science, a leading journal in the area of
> Science and Technology Studies:
> Ingemar Bohlin, Communication Regimes in Competition: The Current
> Transition in Scholarly Communication Seen through the Lens of the
> Sociology of Technology. Social Studies of Science 34, 2004, 365-91.
> Abstract:
> Recent advances in information technology have enabled new ways of
> communicating research reports. A significant innovation in this area
> is that of 'eprint' archives, online repositories in which
> researchers make their papers freely available to their colleagues.
> This practice, which is known as self-archiving, poses a serious
> challenge to traditional academic journals. Publishers have responded
> with several strategies for remodeling journals, in order to make
> them more attractive to authors and readers. New services, products
> and initiatives are constantly being launched in this market, and the
> outcome of the present disruption is uncertain. This article employs
> the SCOT methodology to analyse the current transformation in
> scholarly communication. The analysis defines the functions long
> served by academic publishing, examines the extent to which newly
> introduced technologies fulfil those functions, and explains the
> dynamics of the stabilisation process now under way. A key element of
> the analysis is the principle of interpretative flexibility. In the
> present case, interpretative flexibility brings into relief
> disciplinary variation in the needs and interests of potential users.
> Keywords: academic publishing, eprint archives, interpretative
> flexibility, scholarly journals, self-archiving, social construction
> of technology
> Ingemar Bohlin
> Theory of Science
> Gothenburg University
> P.O. Box 200
> 405 30 Gothenburg
> Sweden
> Tel +46 31 773 44 74
> Email

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