1. Introduction

1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 Scholarly knowledge comes in a variety of formats beyond the article or monograph (e.g. datasets, software, protocols, “grey literature”) and all these formats hold the potential to spark new discoveries. As knowledge is continuously evolving (and at an unprecedented rate) and in an age where immediate dissemination via the Web is possible, the concept of a “publication” as a discrete output that follows the completion of research work can be challenged. At the same time, much potential remains to innovate around the traditional article itself; to think beyond the PDF-paradigm and leverage, for example, incremental publishing, live data and interactive figures. The journal format, too, could be reimagined: moving, for example, towards a publish-then-filter model where personalised “playlists” of content (research outputs) are dynamically curated, evaluated and shared by researchers. 

2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 This whitepaper outlines a conceptual model for a distributed, international scholarly communication framework, called Pubfair. Pubfair is an open publishing framework, which enriches a variety of research outputs (including preprints, data and software), managed by repositories, with a layer of services that support quality assurance, dissemination and discovery. Pubfair is envisioned as providing fit-for-purpose and sustainable publishing services that enable sharing of a wide array of research outputs, support trusted evaluation and assessment processes, and empower a range of actors (e.g. research communities, funders, institutions, scholarly societies) to create novel dissemination channels for accessing diverse outputs (e. g., articles, data, software). It allows researchers to move more seamlessly from data collection, storage and analysis to publication, quality assurance and dissemination. 

3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 The Pubfair concept builds upon and expands major elements of COAR’s vision for Next Generation Repositories, creating greater interoperability and integration of scholarly communication and data infrastructures. This model was first conceived by a group of European partners through the development of a proposal for an EC-funded project in late 2018 to the call, INFRAEOSC-02-2019 (that was not funded). It proposes a number of value added services, including assessment, peer review and discovery, on top of a variety of research products managed collectively through the international network of thousands of repositories. It is envisioned that the Pubfair framework contributes to incentivizing researchers to share a broader range of research outputs, and because the Pubfair framework is distributed across many institutions and communities, it could be a more inclusive and sustainable approach to scholarly communication in which the costs of publishing are shared widely.

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