ERIC Number: ED414923
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997-Apr
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The Future of Electronic Journals.
Varian, Hal R.
It is widely expected that a great deal of scholarly communication will move to an electronic format. This paper speculates about the impact this movement will have on the form of scholarly communication. In order to understand how journals might evolve, the paper begins with a look at the demand and supply for scholarly commutation today, as well as the first-copy costs of academic journals. Two other costs are then mentioned: archiving and yearly costs-per-article read. A discussion on re-engineering journal production and the impact of re-engineering on costs savings follows. Further savings of electronic distribution on shelf-space, monitoring, information searches, and supporting materials are then outlined. The paper concludes that when all academic publication is electronic: (1) publications will have much more general forms; (2) new filtering and refereeing mechanisms will be used; and (3) archiving and standardization will remain a problem. A model for electronic publishing is also presented. (Contains 12 references.) (AEF)
Descriptors: Cost Effectiveness, Costs, Electronic Journals, Electronic Publishing, Faculty Publishing, Higher Education, Information Dissemination, Information Storage, Information Technology, Nonprint Media, Printed Materials, Publications, Publishing Industry, Scholarly Communication, Scholarly Journals, Standards
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Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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