The internet is changing the way information is distributed, with blogs, facebook, twitter, and RSS feeds. Physics information distribution has changed also, with the arXiv, and online journals on our desktops. Several questions come to mind: 1) Who needs a library? 2) In fact, who needs journals? 3) Is peer review necessary? 4) Since referees work for free, and there are no printing costs, why aren’t the journals free, anyway?
I will discuss the scholarly publishing system, and in particular the APS journals: Physical Review, Physical Review Letters, Reviews of Modern Physics, and our new open access journal Physical Review X, and answer questions about impact factors, acceptance rates, and future developments in scholarly publishing.
Faculty Host: Kate Scholberg
Coffee and cookies before the presentation at 3:15 pm, and refreshments after the presentation will both be served in Room 128.