Boundaries of research disciplines are paper constructs: Digital Web-based information as a challenge to disciplinary research

Jan Michael Nolin


Modern disciplinary research is partly constructed, and limited, by the medium of paper. It is possible to bypass the restraints imposed by paper in modern Web publication. Still, the research sector keeps publishing as if the qualities of the hard copy should be forced on the Web. This article discusses the role of paper in the construction of the boundaries of disciplines and the challenges from digital Web-based publication.


scholarly publishing; discipline; research boundaries; research 2.0; scientific collaboration; E-research; science 2.0

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