The editor, peer review, issue driven model seem like it's old and tired. I don't me that the editor/peer* review part of the publishing is old and busted, it's the issue driven model that seems so old and busted when compared to the new hotness of "publish when you wanna" way of doing things. I've seen people write about the peer review components built into the web and blogging because we have people reading and commenting on what we write. While this is one kind of peer review, it's not the same thing, and I don't think it's a good replacement for how things are currently done. Editors and reviewers are key to any good writing process. I can't entirely agree with the line of thinking that peer review happens by being linked to, or it happens after the piece is posted via comments. At least I can't entirely agree with it at this point. Links and comments can and should be one part of the peer review process, but editors and reviewers should be as well. I really think a top quality "journal of the future" should have all of the above.
But anyways, to my point, can't we combine peer review and blogs into some kind of peer reviewed blog? What do we gain by having one issue of 14 articles comes out once a quarter as a single issue? What would be wrong with having a new article once a week? What is it about a journal that says it must come out as a single issue? "Because that's how it's always been done" doesn't seem like a good answer, there must be something else.
Why must we wait for the next issue of X? Why can't we get an article a day that's gone through the peer review process? Do we gain something from having an issue a month or quarter? While this isn't really about LISNews, why can't half of what we post to LISNews be a peer reviewed, scholarly and original article? Actually, maybe I need to rephrase my question; what do we have to lose by moving away from issues towards publishing on a very irregular basis? I'm very curious about how people feel about this.
I'm sure I'm not the first one to think about this, if I was a better librarian & writer I'd do an exhaustive literature search. If I wasn't so lazy I'd search a word or two on Google because I bet someone is already doing this kind of thing. But I'm a blogger, I'm lucky if I can string together 3 or 4 sentences into a readable paragraph. But like a good blogger I can't resist rambling on about an unoriginal idea that deals with how blogs are revolutionizing some damn thing or another.
*[pee passes spell check and I was about 1 second away from hitting save having written pee review :-)]