The Digital Landscape of Scholarly Publishing
Digital technologies, which are easy to update, reuse, access and transmit and require little space, have changed how researchers produce and disseminate knowledge. However, the extent and characteristics of these changes remain unknown.
Dr. Vincent Larivière, Canada Research Chair in the Transformations of Scholarly Communication, aims to increase understanding of how knowledge is currently being disseminated by analyzing the characteristics of papers written by academic researchers.
Larivière is investigating how new types of knowledge production are being used, how new sources of data are shared and changes in academics’ working practices. In particular, he is analyzing new forms of scientific articles and the various channels that are used to disseminate knowledge.
Larivière is also studying whether new means of distribution enhance access to knowledge and speeds its dissemination. As well, he is examining whether new technologies allow research results to be widely disseminated outside the scientific community.
Larivière’s research will improve understanding of how knowledge is produced and distributed and will provide insight for the development of public policies on scientific and technological research.