Re: status of electronic journals

Steve Krause (skrause@BGNET.BGSU.EDU)
Tue, 25 Jun 1996 11:43:50 -0400

Sounds like an interesting conference, Victor. I think you brought
up a lot of good points and you're pretty much right on. But there was a
question I thought you as an editor of one of those "pulp" journals could
answer. Among other things, you said there was a tremendous amount of
resistance from "traditional" editors to even acknowledge electronic
publishing. You also said:

On Tue, 25 Jun 1996 sophist@UTARLG.UTA.EDU wrote:
> One other solutionis to just wait it all out. I don't think it will take
> 40 years of wandering around in the pulp desert before the pulpers die
> off or retire or whatever; the transition to pixels and the acceptance of
> electronic publications will come faster than we think. At least, my
> intuition tells me that this is the case. Whether that counts for
> anything, I'm not sure, but I'm counting on it and telling my pulp
> colleagues to do so as well .)>=

Now, my question is this: at what point do the economics of academic
publishing _force_ journals to accept and join the electronic realm?
Paper, binding, ink, mailing, etc.-- that's all really expensive, not to
mention the fact that libraries (the prime customers of most academic
journals, I would assume) are always hurtiing for storage space. So,
what I want to know is will there come a day when something like
_Pre/Text_ will have to go to a completely electronic format because
(among other reasons) it's too expensive to produce in any other way? Or do
traditional print journals come closer to breaking even and/or making a
profit than I think?

Steve Krause * Department of English * Bowling Green State University
Bowling Green, OH * 43403 * (419) 372-8934 *
*Soon to be at Southern Oregon State College in Ashland, OR*