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Six principal discussants and about two dozen others advance radical and traditional views; they argue for overhaul of journal publication systems or advocate careful preservation of traditional values and roles. Will electronic technologies save us from the economic pressures of the current papyrocentric publishing system or will they be more expensive than we dreamed? In his "Overture to the Subversive Proposal," Stevan Harnad (Cognitive Scientist, University of Southampton) writes, "For centuries, it was only out of reluctant necessity that authors of esoteric publications entered into the Faustian Bargain of allowing a price tag to be erected as a barrier between their work and its intended readership, for that was the only way they could make their work public at all during the age when paper publication was their only option." [Ariadne article]
Lorrin Garson (pioneer and leader in electronic publishing at the American Chemical Society) responds, "I would like to suggest that publishing electronic journals is in fact going to be more expensive than printing. The collection, maintenance and dissemination of these data will be more costly than printing, but the information will be much more valuable to the scientific community. Of course, when we get to this point we won't be publishing journals; the output will be called something else." Paul Ginsparg (Los Alamos National Laboratories), Bernard Naylor (Librarian, University of Southampton), Andrew Odlyzko (AT&T Bell Labs), and Frank Quinn (Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University) also offer thoughtful essays and provocative viewpoints.
Scholarly Journals at the Crossroads makes publishing history. It is the first time that a book derived from a series of wide-ranging Internet discussions on a scholarly topic recreates (insofar as possible) an e-mail experience for a general academic and publishing audience.
In their Conclusion, Ann Okerson (Association of Research Libraries) and James O'Donnell (Professor of Classics, University of Pennsylvania), the editors of this 9-month long networked conversation write, "This is a book about hope and imagination in one corner of the emerging landscape of cyberspace. It embraces passionate discussion of an idea for taking to the Internet to revolutionize one piece of the world of publishing."
The book includes a detailed table of contents, specially written introductory and concluding chapters by the co-editors, a "hyperlink" bibliography showing where materials in the book can be read on the Internet, and a glossary of terms used by the discussants.
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