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The academic publishing is in crisis, but also at the time of great opportunities for the authorship and dissemination of knowledge. Indeed, people have rarely enough time and reward for quality refereeing, editors work mainly for free for highly priced and often noncooperative commercial publishers, libraries have no money to follow the raising journal subscriptions; there is lack of gurantee that the free services like arXiv will stay free, that old knowledge will be preserved. Now there are internet and cheap e-readers opening new possibilities; publishers perceive them also as a danger because of easy infringation of author’ rights. Here we also discuss academic evaluation practices, based on peer review and on the usage and measures of citation statistics, originality assesment and plagiarism discovery.