The Future of Academic Publishing (Hint: It’s on the Web!)

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Every innovation in the history of medicine and technology has its roots in a scientific paper. To accelerate the world, we need to accelerate science. Right now, scientific research is being held back by two major inefficiencies in academic publishing, namely the 12-month time-lag to publish a research paper and the shortcomings in its single-mode form of publishing (PDF/print). The good news is that we’ve reached a tipping point in a critical transition.

We’re currently seeing scientific content evolve from an era when it was shared in physical paper form to an era when it is being created natively for the web. As this transition plays out, scientific content will inherit the characteristics of native web content, such as instant distribution, the evolution of web-style discovery and peer review systems, and the evolution of metrics that quantify the online influence of a scientist and/or a piece of scientific research. founder and CEO Richard Price will discuss how technology is changing the way scientists have historically shared research and what the future holds for academic publishing. He will explain why search engines and social networks represent the future of peer review in science and how researchers can capitalize on these channels to discover the most recent findings, connect with peers around the world, and advance science through real-time collaboration.

Richard Price

Richard Price is the founder and CEO of, a social platform for academics to share their research, monitor deep analytics about the impact of their research, and track the research of academics they follow. He received his Ph.D. in philosophy from the University of Oxford. currently has 1.8 million members who have contributed 1.6 million research papers. It is based in San Francisco, Calif. and has received investments from Spark Capital, Spark Ventures, and True Ventures.


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