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ERIC Number: ED400810
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996
Pages: 15
Abstractor: N/A
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The Electronic Journal on the Internet.
Kubly, Kristin Hede
The rise in popularity of the Internet has had an enormous impact on scholarly communication, especially with the development of the electronic journal. There are a number of advantages to reading and publishing scholarly articles in electronic form: (1) World Wide Web publications have a simple interface, easy-to-read typefaces, and hypertext links; (2) publishing on the World Wide Web can be learned fairly quickly and makes information available to the masses; (3) increased availability of new technologies and relatively low cost of electronic distribution are valuable in the face of reduced budgets in academic libraries and universities; (4) publication and peer review is faster; (5) primary materials can be made more accessible to a broader audience; (6) electronic journals can also be printed; (7) electronic journals accommodate keyword searching; (8) they are available to many people at the same time and from remote locations; (9) they are self-indexing; and (11) there are helpful links to related articles, bulletin boards, and multimedia materials; (12) they can be customized to individual users; and (13) they use less paper and less storage space. On the other hand, issues of credibility, accessibility, and permanence of electronic journals have to be solved before electronic publication becomes widespread. Some organizations and publishers are trying to find a compromise between traditional print journals and their electronic counterparts. There will likely be a lengthy period of transition as academics begin to see the advantages of mounting their research on the Internet. (Contains 16 references.) (Author/SWC)
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Language: English
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