VALA2000 Session 3 Treloar

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Are Hypermedia Scholarly Journals a New Genre or an Old Genre in a New Medium?

VALA 2000 CONCURRENT SESSION 3: Electronic Publishing
Wednesday 16 February 2000, 10:45 – 11:15

Dr Andrew Treloar

Manager, Web and Internet Facilities Monash University

VALA Peer Reviewed Paper

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This paper aims to provide an overview of developments to date in the evolution of the scholarly journal in terms of the transformation of the form and function of the artefacts of scholarly communication (journals and the articles they contain). The paper starts by first outlining three critical theoretical perspectives. It then proceeds to consider the transformations in the form and function of journals that are occurring or might occur. In each of these cases the insights from the relevant body of theory are drawn upon. The paper concludes by speculating on the future of the form and functions of the journal based on the discussion of theory and the literature.