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Scientific Article in the Age of Digitization

Call Number: Engineering Library Q225.5 .M34 2007


This book outlines the consequences of digitization for peer-reviewed research articles published in electronic journals. It has often been argued that digitization will revolutionize scientific communication. However, this study concludes that this is not the case. Authors make little or no use of the possibilities offered by the digital medium, new procedures for electronic peer review have not replaced traditional peer review, and users do not seem to accept new forms of interaction offered by some electronic journals. The main innovations are to be found at the level of the infrastructures developed by publishers. Scientists themselves appear to be reluctant to change their established patterns of behaviour in formal scientific communication.

The book provides a theoretical background to the history and structure of scientific communication, as well as an in-depth study of electronic journals over the period 1987-2004. It offers a unique approach that questions more conventional ideas about the ‘revolutionary’ impact of digitization on scientific communication and the innovative role of publishers and academia.

Written for:
Researchers, graduate/PhD students in (electronic) publishing, scientific communication, e-science; managers and policy makers in academic libraries; managers and policy makers in the publishing industry


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