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ARL Publishes Report on the Print-to-Electronic Transition for Journals

The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has published "The E-only Tipping Point for Journals: What’s Ahead in the Print-to-Electronic Transition Zone," by Richard K. Johnson and Judy Luther. The report examines the issues associated with the migration from dual-format publishing toward electronic-only publication of journals. The report is available for free download at www.arl.org/bm~doc/Electronic_Transition.pdf.

The persistence of dual-format journals suggests that substantial obstacles need to be surmounted if the transformation to e-only publication is to be complete. This study, commissioned and disseminated by ARL, seeks to create a better understanding of the dynamics of the transition process for librarians as well as publishers. Neither publishers nor librarians independently control the process, and the need to coordinate their activities greatly increases the complexity of the transition.

The report provides a synthetic analysis of librarian and publisher perspectives on the current state of format migration, considering the drivers toward e-only publishing and barriers that are slowing change. The authors provide an assessment of likely change in the short term and recommend strategic areas of focus for further work to enable change.

The work is based in large part on interviews conducted between June and August 2007 with two dozen academic librarians and journal publishers. Publishers and librarians were consulted equally in recognition that these changes pose significant issues of coordination. Interviews were conducted with collection officers and others at ARL member libraries and publishing staff of societies and university presses, publishing platform hosts, and publishing production consultants.

Source: The Association of Research Libraries



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