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|Title: ||New Formats for Geoscience Journals / Julie Hallmark Bichteler|
|Authors: ||Hallmark, Julie|
|Issue Date: ||1982|
|Publisher: ||Geoscience Information Society (GSIS)
|Citation: ||New Formats for Geoscience Journals. 1982. Geoscience Information Society Proceedings 12, 42-56.|
|Series/Report no.: ||Published Papers;A-1982-030|
|Abstract: ||In response to the problems which beset publishers of geoscience journals—problems such as escalating costs of production, increasing specialization, backlogs of publishable papers, and economic difficulties of libraries—a number of alternative formats for publication may be considered.
The summary or synapsis journal provides individual subscribers with an abbreviated version of the archival publication which could still be received by libraries. The latter may appear in miniprint or microfiche to reduce costs further. Another alternative is the electronic journal which would incorporate production of machine-readable manuscripts using a computer-based text editor, followed by online editing and final composition. With rapid advances in computer and communication technologies, the technical feasibility of the electronic journal has improved enormously.
A poll of selected geoscience journal publishers reveals that, although they may be employing computer photocomposition, none have plans for changing the appearance of their product. However, a look at trends in other disciplines suggests some directions which geoscience journal publishing may take in the future.
The ultimate success of any of the alternative formats depends upon acceptance by authors, readers, and information specialists. Although these groups have all raised objections to new formats, a strong case can be made in all three areas that these objections will be overcome during the next several years.|
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