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The Future of the Academic Journal, 2nd Edition by Angus Phillips, Bill Cope

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Introduction

Bill Cope and Angus Phillips

The journal has a long history, stretching back to the seventeenth century. It lies at the heart of our system of scholarly communication and has stood the test of time. How then will it develop over the next few years and what changes can we predict with any degree of certainty? The chapters in this volume provide an up-to-date survey of developments in the field, drawing on the expertise of a range of academics and professionals.

In the five years since the first edition of this book was published, the landscape of scholarly publishing has continued to experience transformative change. Some of this can be attributed to the disruptive winds sweeping through the publishing industry generally, a ...

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