Preprint Essay Version 5 Preserved in Portico This version is not peer-reviewed

Publishing Scientific Articles in the Digital Era

Version 1 : Received: 2 October 2019 / Approved: 6 October 2019 / Online: 6 October 2019 (04:20:12 CEST)
Version 2 : Received: 5 December 2019 / Approved: 6 December 2019 / Online: 6 December 2019 (04:16:26 CET)
Version 3 : Received: 13 February 2020 / Approved: 16 February 2020 / Online: 16 February 2020 (14:30:09 CET)
Version 4 : Received: 1 June 2020 / Approved: 3 June 2020 / Online: 3 June 2020 (05:37:03 CEST)
Version 5 : Received: 18 August 2020 / Approved: 20 August 2020 / Online: 20 August 2020 (09:48:21 CEST)

A peer-reviewed article of this Preprint also exists.

Pagliaro, M. Publishing Scientific Articles in the Digital Era. Open Science Journal 2020, 5, doi:10.23954/osj.v5i3.2617. Pagliaro, M. Publishing Scientific Articles in the Digital Era. Open Science Journal 2020, 5, doi:10.23954/osj.v5i3.2617.


In the digital era in which over 4 billion people regularly access the internet, the conventional process of publishing scientific articles in academic journals following peer review is undergoing profound changes. Following physics and mathematics scholars who started to publish their work on the freely accessible arXiv server in the early 1990s, researchers of all disciplines increasingly publish scientific articles in the form of freely accessible and fully citeable preprints before or in parallel to conventional submission to academic journals for peer review. The full transition to open science, I argue in this study, requires to expand the education of students and young researchers to include scholarly communication in the digital era.


scientific publishing; scientific journals; scholarly publishing; scientific papers; open science; scientific articles


Social Sciences, Library and Information Sciences

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Comment 1
Received: 20 August 2020
Commenter: Mario Pagliaro
Commenter's Conflict of Interests: Author
Comment: This study is an expanded version of the preprint entitled "Scientific Publishing: Education as the Key Enabler for the Transition to Open Science". New data, figures and tables will help scholars across the world to shape courses and workshops on scientific publishing in the digital era aimed at yong researchers and PhD students.
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