Reporter 405, 30 June 1997

Pitfalls of publishing

A recent conference supported the view that the 'electronic tail' is beginning to wag the 'academic dog'. Publishing technology – in the form of networks, websites, electronic documents, digital archives and digital libraries – is out-running the capacity of academics and publishers to develop the new systems needed to maintain the quality of academic output, it was reported. Electronic academic publishing is hugely attractive – not least because it is comparatively cheap and widely accessible – but the quality of content issue is of increasing concern.

Proceedings will be published this summer in book form and on the web. Many of the papers and visuals presented at the conference and some pre-conference discussion are on the Academia website: . For more information, contact David Brook, Director of Media Services. Email, ext.2650.

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