E-Publishing's impacts on journals and journal articles

Roger Clarke*, Danny Kingsley

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    The primary vehicle for formal communications in most disciplines and research domains is articles published in journals. The digital era as a whole has had many impacts on the activities of article creation and use. Of particular significance is the availability of the Internet as a distribution mechanism. This is bringing about significant changes in the economics of journal publishing. The dimensions of those changes are examined within the context provided by models of the roles of journals in the mid-to-late twentieth and the early twenty-first centuries. Several early indicators of fundamental changes in the process and product of the journal are considered. Tensions between for-profit and open-access publishing are identified. The new potentials for community-based endeavor create the likelihood of upheaval in what has been a highly profitable industry sector.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)120-151
    Number of pages32
    JournalJournal of Internet Commerce
    Issue number1
    Publication statusPublished - 2008


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