Reading list on Scholarly Communication

Compiled by Hal R. Varian

Executive summary

These are very short overviews. If you read nothing else, read these.
The evolution of electronic scholarly communication
Short paper by Andrew Odlyzko outlining some trends.
Pricing Electronic Journals
Short article by Hal Varian.

General resources

Scholarly Journals Distributed by the World Wide Web
From University of Houston. Browse through a few hundred examples.
Journal of Electronic Publishing
Many good articles, mostly about electronic journals.
D-lib Magazine
Articles about digital libraries.
InfoEcon: Electronic Publishing
Lots of links to other resources.
Scholarly Communication and Technology
Conference sponsored by the Mellon Foundation; many interesting papers.
Scholarly Electronic Publishing Bibliography
By Charles W. Bailey, Jr. Comprehensive bibliography.
Andrew Odlyzko's papers
Provocative papers on electronic publishing, libraries, etc.

Pricing and costs

Designing Electronic Journals
Very useful review of what we know about journal use and costs. Well worth reading.
Pricing Electronic Journals
Short article by Hal Varian.
PEAK Project
Marketing experiment involving per-item pricing of electronic journals.

Research

UC Berkeley Digital Library
Describes mostly completed research from DL 1.
Links to other DL sites
UCSB, Stanford, etc. pages about DL 1.
Berkeley Proposal for Digital Library 2
Proposal for further research, in conjunction with UCSB, Stanford, UCDL. [PDF format]

Evolution and alternative models

The evolution of electronic scholarly communication
Short paper by Andrew Odlyzko outlining some trends.
Competition and cooperation: Libraries and publishers in the transition to electronic scholarly journals
Interesting paper by Andrew Odlyzko on the relationship between publishers and libraries in the transition to electronic journals.
Future of Electronic Journals
Some speculation about the evolution of electronic journals, mostly in the last part of the paper.
The Open Journals Project
A project to link distributed journals. For summary, see Linking Electronic Journals.

A few examples of models of scholarly communication

SPARC
Scholarly Publishing and Academic Resource Collection, organized by Association of Research Libraries.
Information about Physics Preprint archive
Background information.
Information about JSTOR
Journal Storage Archive Project.
California Digital Library
Our very own DL.