This post is jointly authored by Don Taylor and Austin Frakt.
The LSE Impact blog has an interesting post on the increasing use of twitter by academics. They find that around 1 in 40 academics use twitter, with 30% of their tweets being related to their scholarship. We at TIE love twitter and the ability to both speak and listen via this important tool. However, the post goes a bit overboard here:
We might do away with journals entirely. The Web can disseminate and archive products for almost nothing. The slow, back-room machinations of closed peer review could be replaced by an open, accountable, distributed system that simply listens in to expert communities’ natural reactions to new work – the same way Google efficiently ranks the Web by listening in to the crowdsourced ‘review’ of the hyperlink network.