n Journal of Contemporary Management - Is publishing of scholarly information at the crossroads?
|Article Title||Is publishing of scholarly information at the crossroads?|
|© Publisher:||Prof. Marthie Grobler|
|Journal||Journal of Contemporary Management|
|Publication Date||Jan 2005|
|Pages||72 - 80|
|Keyword(s)||Digital journal, Digital publishing, Electronic journal, Electronic publishing and Scholarly journal|
The scholarly journal fulfils various important functions by informing the knowledgeable readers about developments and opinions. The publishing medium (ranging from the traditional printed on paper to the more recent developments of electronic publishing) creates certain publishing limitations and opportunities. This article explores the discussions about the future existence of the scholarly journal, especially in the printed format. The strong and weak points of the digital journal are explored as well as an evaluation of the controversial ideas of Harnad on digital publishing. The conclusion of the review is that there is a place for peer-reviewed scholarly journals, no matter of the publication mode. With the development of technology, the Internet can play a much greater role in this regard. The changes are expected to be gradual rather than abrupt.
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