What the Acquisition of Meta Means for Scholarly Publishers

Joseph Esposito, The Scholarly Kitchen, Feb 04, 2017
Commentary by Stephen Downes

Meta is a tool that analyzes scientific publications. For example, in one study it predicted the number of citations a published article would receive. Now it has been acquired by Chan Zuckerberg. This, writes a Meta board member, is a good thing. "The acquisition of Meta by the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative (CZI) promises to transform scientific investigation. As a byproduct of this, it will likely transform scientific publishing as well." There's no doubt that scientific publication is changing; 'research' these days consists of running (more or less) intelligent searches against databases of hundreds of thousands of articles. People don't look at the content of the articles any more; they analyze global trends. That's what Facebook tries to do already with social media. And that's why they acquired Meta.

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