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Paper: Do Electronic Publications Really Have a Future?
Volume: 377, Library and Information Services in Astronomy V: Common Challenges, Uncommon Solutions
Page: 389
Authors: Mahoney, T.J.
Abstract: I take a critical look at the way in which electronic publishing has changed the world of publishing beyond recognition over the past decade. While the e-publishing revolution has brought many benefits to academic and research communication, there are a number of factors that inhibit the flow of information. I argue that a new publishing culture is necessary if communication flow among academics and researchers is to be at its optimum. While electronic publishing is clearly the way of the future, its products, equally clearly, are ephemeral in essence. I argue that electronic-only publishing is an unmitigated menace that must be resisted if we are to ensure that past and present research and scholarship be carried undiminished into the future, and that this is best accomplished through a judicious combination of print and electronic storage.
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