“Every civilization is, among other things, an arrangement for domesticating the passions and setting them to do useful work," Aldous Huxley wrote in Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow. As we see it, electronic publishing is becoming civilized. We seem to have reached the end of the period of passionate conviction about what scholarly publishing should become, and are setting about the serious work of understanding what it has become. The articles in this issue of The Journal of Electronic Publishing start by accepting the new electronic landscape.
The Journal of Electronic Publishing Vol. 12 Issue 1, 2009-02-15.
With the advent of digital communication, scholarly publishing can be faster, less expensive, and more ubiquitous. That means that it is easier to keep up with the latest developments in our fields. And that, in turn, means we are expected to keep up with more information. So how do we do that well? We rely on those we trust (librarians, colleagues, journals, maybe even Google) to point out the things we should know.
The Journal of Electronic Publishing Vol. 11 Issue 2, 2008-05-30.
“For more than a decade, electronic journals—periodicals that are distributed over computer networks—have operated on the periphery of academe, largely spurned by authors, publishers, and readers as no match for the traditional printed journal,” the Chronicle of Higher Education wrote in 1991.