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Academic and Professional Publishing by Ian Borthwick, Ed Pentz, Robert Campbell

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Does journal publishing have a future?

Michael Mabe

Abstract:

The demise of the peer-reviewed journal has been often predicted especially since the advent of digital publishing. This chapter examines what forces might impinge on journal publishing to precipitate such a collapse and whether they might succeed.

Key words

Journals

journal functions

author and reader needs

communication ecology

open access

business models

digital transition

Introduction

Publishing and information science conferences over the last four decades have regularly debated whether the journal has a future. Originally these speculative sessions were predicated on the imminence of the electronic transition. With this rapidly receding into history, the speculation ...

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