This book, first published in 1999, analyses the convergence of financial, technical, and public policy considerations that turned what seemed like science fiction twenty years ago into a library fact of life today. It shows that while electronic publication greatly speeds issuance of important scientific results of enduring value, it also has the potential to lower the economic threshold at which crank papers and marginal publications can gain a wide, if sadly misled audience, in the short run. It demonstrates that while scientists invented the web, they no longer control it, and that even the very largest research organizations, libraries, publishers, and journal aggregators, will, to a substantial degree, be at the technological and economic mercy of commercial users of the web.
1. Introduction Tony Stankus 2. The Key Trends Emerging in the First Decade of Electronic Journals in the Sciences Tony Stankus 3. A Review of the Print Journal System in the Sciences, with Prospects for Improvement in Deficiencies and Costs Through Electronic Publishing: Practices and Attitudes of Publishers and Printers, Librarians, and Scientific Authors Tony Stankus 4. The Business and Technological Warfare Affecting the Internet and Electronic Journals: Terminology of Major Hardware and Software Components and Competing Strategies of Major Players Tony Stankus 5. Electronic Journal Concerns and Strategies of Science Publishers Tony Stankus 6. Electronic Journal Concerns and Strategies for Aggregators: Subscription Services, Indexing/Abstracting Services, and Electronic Bibliographic Utilities Tony Stankus 7. The Best Original Scientific Research, Review, Methods, and Symposia Journals with Their Current Web Addresses Ranked Within Their Primary Subject Category Tony Stankus, Jeanne Marie Clavin and Richard Joslin