Stretching the Boundaries of publishing
The Open Web Platform and the alternatives
Keywords:publishing, editorial trends, editorial tools, editorial services, editorial business models, open web platform, markdown, publishing platforms, html5, css3, epub
Today's scientific practice makes data the first territory for analysis and publishing becomes the rich context for cross referencing and interpretation. Scholarly publishing practices, editing and publishing in general have been shaped by the printing press and later on fashioned by the launch of the scientific journals starting in 1665 with the Philosophical Transactions by the Royal Society. Trends are mounting towards a self-publishing model, let that be under a known editorial label or in a self-sustained environment under university’s press umbrella or by the help of online free existing tools and services. All of the practices lend themselves to one purpose: being indexed, being parsed, mined for data, and emerging as valuable contributions to the field and become relevant. This paper explores some the new tool chains the Open Web Platform offers and some alternatives to be considered in the daily editing workflows. The envelope of the existing technologies is pushed further to step into the future world of deep learning and artificial intelligence. An exploratory tab will be set on the possibilities self-publishing is presenting the researchers in terms of tools and publishing platforms other than the regular channels.