Re: status of electronic journals

Steve Krause (skrause@BGNET.BGSU.EDU)
Tue, 25 Jun 1996 20:33:38 -0400

On Tue, 25 Jun 1996, Greg Ritter wrote:

> Huh? Stever, you're making it sound like it's a face-off between
> electronic publishing and print publishing, like "There's only
> room enough for ONE medium in this town, pardner."
> Even if it is cheaper to produce an electronic publication, I
> can't see how that would end print journals (or other forms of
> print publication).

No, that's not what I meant. I don't imagine large journals going solely
electronic anytime soon and I'm certainly not saying that print should go
away. It's just that print is so expensive, and in the world of academia
(where _no one_ has any cash), it seems to me the costs will (and, as
Victor suggested, are) causing some problems.

Announcing the end of paper or pulp or traditional or whatever you want to
call it journals is a tad pre-mature, and like we've been saying here,
this isn't a get rid of paper for the sake of electricity kind of issue.
I am just honestly curious as to why some small "paper only" journals
haven't turned into "electronic only" journals to save money, etc. A lot
of this is based on my own ignorance of the profession, but I just imagine
that a lot of people who are running very small and well-received
publications out of the goodness of their hearts (and out of their own
pocketbooks) are faced with some really unpleasant choices about trying to
afford to publish. And I guess because of my obvious bias, if I was the
editor of such a journal and I could go electronic and save an immense
amount money on my production costs, I'd do it in a heartbeat.

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*