website contains resources for readers interested in the
Scientific Communication Life-Cycle model. The purpose
of the model is to act as a roadmap for policy discussions
and research concerning the process. In comparison to earlier
models found in the literature this model is more detailed,
hierarchical and includes more modelling constructs (activities,
inputs, outputs, controls, mechanisms). The modelling methodology
used is IDEF0, a process modelling method, which previously
has mainly been used for business process reengineering
in the manufacturing industries.
The scope of the model is the whole communication
value chain, from initial research to the assimilation
of research results to improve every-day life. The model
treats both informal and formal communication, as well
as the publishing of data, but the major focus is on modelling
the publishing and indexing of traditional peer reviewed
journal articles, as well as the activities of readers
to find out about them and access them. The new business
models and parallel functions enabled by the Internet,
such as open access journals and e-print repositories,
are also in focus.
The current version of the model consists
of 33 diagrams, with 113 different activities and over
200 different inputs, outputs, controls and mechanisms.
The model uses a formal process modelling methodology (IDEF0)
and has been developed during the years 2000-2006 as part
of two research projects, the EU-funded SciX
project and the Academy of Finland project OACS.
The following resources are usable under
Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 1.0 License.
The following article contains
a detailed walkthrough of the model:
B-C (2007): “A model of scientific communication
as a global distributed information system”, Information
Research, 12(2) paper 307
[Available at http://informationr.net/ir/12-2/paper307.html]
of reusable Powerpoint slides, including all
the diagrams in the model.