E-only scholarly journals: overcoming the barriers
In recent years, publishers, librarians and academics have seized the opportunities offered by the electronic publication of scholarly journals. Despite the popularity of e-journals, however, content continues to be published, acquired and used in physical printed form.
In the UK, we are still some way from a wholly electronic journal environment. This study is prompted by a concern that the retention of both printed and e-journal formats adds unnecessary costs throughout the supply chain from publisher to library to user. In view of the many advantages of electronic journals, this report sets out to understand the barriers to a move to e-only provision of scholarly journals for researchers in the UK, and to investigate what various players within the scholarly communications system could do in order to encourage such a move.
This work was jointly commissioned by the RIN, Research Libraries UK (RLUK), the Publishing Research Consortium (PRC) and the Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC). It is part of our transitions in scholarly communications portfolio of projects.
The results of the study are presented in this report, which is available to download below. Hard copies can be requested via email@example.com