The Disintermediation of the Journal

By J. Mark Nolan.

Published by The International Journal of the Book

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In reviewing some of the activities and practices of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, this paper will argue that the reliance on the traditional print journal model of publication is less important and perhaps no longer necessary in the web-enhanced world we live in. At this time, the traditional concept of the scholarly journal title could find its identity lost in flat-files and databases. Scholars, scientists, students and other users/searchers/readers of scholarly information may very well be more intent on locating articles (and even particles of articles) than with a dedication to or trust in a particular scholarly journal title. This paper will expand on the concept of the “deconstructed journal” offered by Smith in 1997 and will offer as evidence the University of Illinois’ participation in such scholarly content databases as Project MUSE and The History Cooperative, its entrance into the arena of institutional repositories with IDEALS(Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship), the article focused aspects of its library search interface, and its participation in aggregated database purchases through its consortium affiliations as their decreasing dependence on the traditional scholarly journal and the increasing dependence on the true artifact of value in the scholarly communication process, the article.

Keywords: Scholarly Journal, Traditional Print, Deconstructed Journal

The International Journal of the Book, Volume 5, Issue 3, pp.73-80. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 480.543KB).

J. Mark Nolan



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