Michael Mabe, SuperJournal:  The Publisher's Perspective, Paper Presented at UKSG Conference, 1 April 1998

Table 3.  Problems with Electronic Journals

Cluster/University

MGP

CCS

PS

Feature

C

O

U

N

B

Ul

W

S

D

L

Screen Issues                    
"Flipping" is easier in print

x

x

x

 

x

 

x

x

 

x

Manipulating text/tables easier in print    

x

 

x

x

x

   

x

Don't like to read on screen

x

x

x

 

x

x

x

x

 

x

Can't annotate articles on screen  

x

x

 

x

         
Portability          

x

x

x

   
Easier to "connect to" the content            

x

x

   
Access Issues                    
Access could be interrupted or stopped                

x

 
Easier for publishers to control access                  

x

Concern about access for Third World and those without PCs  

x

         

x

   
Technical/Performance Issues                    
Speed of the Internet (when US wakes up)  

x

x

         

x

 
Long download times, eg to display or print PDF files

x

x

x

         

x

 
Availability of good printers, especially colour printers

x

x

x

 

x

x

 

x

   
Other Reader Issues                    
Less serendipity

x

 

x

     

x

     
Unnecessary citations or poor quality links (because it's easy)          

x

     

x

Multimedia will be non-core, "bells & smells"          

x

       
May not be sufficient backfile            

x

 

x

 
Author Issues                    
Multimedia is more work for authors                

x

x

Multimedia is more work for referees  

x

     

x

       
Need to exhaust the potential of your data before you disclose it to others  

x

       

x

   

x

Others will take/use your data        

x

 

x

 

x

x

Fraud and plagiarism (because it's easy)  

x

           

x

 
Copyright for multimedia elements    

x

 

x

x

     

x

Keys:

Clusters: CCS = Communication & Cultural Studies, MGP = Molecular Genetics & Proteins, PS = Political Science

Universities: C = Cambridge, O = Oxford, U = UCL, N = NIMR, B = Birmingham, Ul = Ulster, W = Warwick, S = Sussex, D = DMU, L = LSE


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