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August 31, 2006



I am with you 100% on this issue Scott. Yes, society publishers are a different breed from the for-profits. Yes they do much good for the advancement of human knowledge. Yes the technology posses a huge threat. And yes, they are right to be worried and they cannot rewind the clock. Most importantly of all, some society publications and some societies will most certainly fail; and that would be a tragedy. But as you say, it is an inevitable consequence of change. There are always winners and losers in times of change. It is not written that all scholarly societies must survive for all time. Those societies that do not adapt will (dare I say it) and should fail.

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