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

  • Jan Michael Nolin Swedish School of Library and Information Science
Keywords: scholarly publishing, discipline, research boundaries, research 2.0, scientific collaboration, E-research, science 2.0

Abstract

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.

Author Biography

Jan Michael Nolin, Swedish School of Library and Information Science
Jan Nolin took his PhD in theory of science and is currently professor at the Swedish School of Library and Information Science. His main research interest lies in the coproduction of Internet technology and society. He can be reached at Jan.Nolin@hb.se.
Published
2011-11-06
How to Cite
Nolin, J. M. (2011). Boundaries of research disciplines are paper constructs: Digital Web-based information as a challenge to disciplinary research. First Monday, 16(11). https://doi.org/10.5210/fm.v16i11.3669