Potential of institutional repositories in fulfilling current research communication needs. | Journal of SAT Agricultural Researc
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Jayashree B and Keatinge JDH. 2008. The potential of institutional repositories in fulfilling current research communication needs. Journal of SAT Agricultural Research 6. "The way that scientific research is conducted today is quite different from a few years ago when digital communication was unavailable. Collaboration has become the driver of much of today’s science. Research projects are now carried out amongst a network of geographically distant research groups who interact, communicate and share their data through internet technologies such as listservs, blogs, discussion forums, wikis and P2P (peer to peer) file sharing networks. This change in scholarly behavior has also resulted in a formal change in scholarly communication. The concept of refereed journal publications still dominates the researcher’s definition of formal scientific communication. The research community understands that scientific information which is not peer reviewed may not be taken seriously; scientists discriminate between what is put on blogs and what is published in formal journals...."