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By Y. S. Chi


It is a very exciting time to be a part of the global research community. The community is itself rapidly evolving as the research enterprise becomes more complex than ever before. As librarians and publishers, we must evolve as well. I strongly believe that in doing so we will be able to create unique and powerful new ways to help researchers become more productive and more effective. There are two trends that are particularly challenging for researchers and the global research community. First is the increasingly interdisciplinary nature of research. The once rigid lines that divided traditional research disciplines have grown indistinct. Researchers are venturing into new realms of scientific exploration that actively force the intersection of traditional disciplines. The result is that every day whole new fields of research are emerging that our community must be ready to support and nurture. The second trend is the increasingly global nature of research. Research outputs are coming from every corner of the globe, most notably from emerging economies. China, for example, is now the world’s second-largest producer of academic researc

Year: 2011
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