Heidi Allen has a thought-provoking post on the role of social networking in scientific publishing on her blog. She highlights the role of social networking activities such as blogging and Twitter in establishing and maintaining reputations and influence, and quotes a ‘tweet’ from Jemima Kiss of the Guardian Newspaper:
“Clicked on link + page asks for subscription = close page + go to another site. Conclusion: Not good business model.”
This is very much in line with the thinking behind the CGIAR’s efforts to promote freer access to the information and knowledge generated by the centres and their partners, in particular through the AAA framework being promoted by the ICT-KM programme.