The use of developing Web 2.0 tools encourages communication and collaboration between researchers, and has the potential to improve data sharing, and change how we think about peer-review and scholarly communication.
Although there has not been widespread adoption of web 2.0 tools, they do have potential for the future. The growth of tools such as Mendeley (Reference Management and Sharing Software) and recent experiments with open peer-review (e.g. Shakespeare Quarterly) demonstrate that web 2.0 does have the potential to play a larger role in the future, in relation to collaboration, research networking, sharing of ideas and data, peer-review, and communication, etc.
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