Future of scholarly publishing and scholarly communication: Report of the Expert Group to the European Commission

Jean-Claude Guédon, Michael Jubb, Bianca Kramer, Mikael Laakso, Birgit Schmidt, Elena Šimukovič, Jennifer Hansen, Robert Kiley, Anne Kitson, Wim van der Stelt, Kamilla Markram, Mark Patterson

Research output: Book/ReportCommissioned report


The report proposes a vision for the future of scholarly communication; it examines the current system -with its strengths and weaknesses- and its main actors. It considers the roles of researchers, research institutions, funders and policymakers, publishers and other service providers, as well as citizens and puts forward recommendations addressed to each of them. The report places researchers and their needs at the centre of the scholarly communication of the future, and considers knowledge and understanding created by researchers as public goods. Current developments, enabled primarily by technology, have resulted into a broadening of types of actors involved in scholarly communication and in some cases the disaggregation of the traditional roles in the system. The report views research evaluation as a keystone for scholarly communication, affecting all actors. Researchers, communities and all organisations, in particular funders, have the possibility of improving the current scholarly communication and publishing system: they should start by bringing changes to the research evaluation system. Collaboration between actors is essential for positive change and to enable innovation in the scholarly communication and publishing system in the future.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationLuxembourg
PublisherEuropean Commission
Number of pages62
ISBN (Electronic)978-92-79-97238-6
Publication statusPublished - 2019
MoE publication typeD4 Published development or research report or study


  • 113 Computer and information sciences
  • 516 Educational sciences


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