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Academic Journals in the Digital Age: An Editor's Perspective

Rogers, H (2016) Academic Journals in the Digital Age: An Editor's Perspective. JOURNAL OF VICTORIAN CULTURE, 21 (1). pp. 112-117. ISSN 1355-5502

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This article provides an editor’s perspective on academic journals in the transition from print to online publication and the move towards open access. It considers the challenges facing scholarly publication but contends the new media and social networking provide opportunities for radically rethinking what constitutes an academic article and a scholarly journal. While editors and publishers are frequently charged with acting as ‘gatekeepers’, the article argues that resistance to change has also come from authors, particularly evident in the failure to reference their use of digital resources. Above all, it claims, experimentation is inhibited by journals retaining the traditional parameters of the printed issue, with their restrictions on length and use of multimedia. Journals, it proposes, can become a focal point for academic communities, dialogue and experimentation, but this requires all scholars to be pro-active in sharing online the work of their peers and introducing students to the new forms of scholarly communication.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 2002 Cultural Studies, 2005 Literary Studies, 2103 Historical Studies
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General)
P Language and Literature > PN Literature (General) > PN0441 Literary History
Divisions: Humanities & Social Science
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Date Deposited: 26 Sep 2016 09:54
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 12:29
DOI or ID number: 10.1080/13555502.2015.1127284
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/4195
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