Scholarly Journals in the New Digital World by Gerard Boismenu, Guylaine Beaudry

By Gerard Boismenu, Guylaine Beaudry

The area of scholarly & not-for-profit publishing is dealing with many demanding situations firstly of the twenty-first century, from technical & organisational components to triumphing social & fiscal stipulations. If scholarly journals, particularly, are to outlive, the publishers of those journals are going to need to make dramatic adjustments to the methods they carry & distribute them. paintings is already underway at a few collage presses who've built artistic strategies to beat those demanding situations in generating print journals. those early innovators characterize a chance for all publishers to construct at the merits of e- publishing & very likely achieve even better audiences. This paintings demystifies the present nation of scholarly magazine publishing in addition to providing a glimpse of wish for journals within the electronic international. it's going to allure not just to scholars & researchers, yet to an individual who has an curiosity sooner or later of publishing.

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With few exceptions, they do not occupy a dominant position in the global scientific communication networks, from two standpoints. First, they do not occupy a top-ranking position among the most influential journals in their respective sectors and, second, they are not part of large international commercial publishing oligopolies. Despite those limitations, they manage to have a far from negligible presence beyond their borders. Three surveys illustrate that point for Quebec and Canadian journals.

43 The authors’ origins varied a great deal; threequarters of contributors came from ten countries. France was clearly the most common country of origin, followed by the United States and Belgium (roughly equal), then Great Britain and other European countries. Non-Quebec Canadian contributors were mainly from Ontario, in particular from the University of Ottawa, University of Toronto, York University, Queen’s University and McMaster University. Moreover, one quarter of all articles were written in collaboration with authors outside Quebec and even more with authors from other countries.

For 78% of titles, periodicals from commercial publishers represent barely 50% of all citations attributed to periodicals that library subscribes to. 35 Wilder’s conclusion is rather strongly stated, emphasizing the point that if university libraries make the health and technology collection central to their acquisition policy, they cannot escape heavy charges, particularly when low-use titles make up a large proportion of the budget for health and technology periodicals. That conclusion may be hasty, if we consider that data on the impact of chemistry journals are characterized by a particularly abrupt asymptote, which illustrates the large concentration of citations in a small number of publications.

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