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Publications 2013, 1(2), 49-55; doi:10.3390/publications1020049

The Importance of Free and Open Source Software and Open Standards in Modern Scientific Publishing

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Division of Cardiac Surgery, University of Rochester Medical Center, Box Cardiac Surgery, 601 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, NY 14642, USA
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Received: 12 April 2013 / Revised: 7 June 2013 / Accepted: 19 June 2013 / Published: 26 June 2013
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Open Access - A Review after 10 Years)
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Abstract

In this paper we outline the reasons why we believe a reliance on the use of proprietary computer software and proprietary file formats in scientific publication have negative implications for the conduct and reporting of science. There is increasing awareness and interest in the scientific community about the benefits offered by free and open source software. We discuss the present state of scientific publishing and the merits of advocating for a wider adoption of open standards in science, particularly where it concerns the publishing process. View Full-Text
Keywords: open source; open access; electronic publishing; free software open source; open access; electronic publishing; free software
This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License (CC BY 3.0).

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Wilson, M.L.; Tchantchaleishvili, V. The Importance of Free and Open Source Software and Open Standards in Modern Scientific Publishing. Publications 2013, 1, 49-55.

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