Barriers to an exclusively electronic journal environment

Laura Cox
Frontline GMS Ltd

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The report on barriers to an online-only journals environment in UK HEIs is part of a portfolio of projects on transitions in scholarly communications. This particular project investigated the obstacles to exclusively online journal provision from the perspectives of libraries, academia, and journal publishing. It used a number of sources, a literature search, data collection and analysis, and an extensive programme of consultative interviews with librarians, academics, publishers and other organisations involved in the journals landscape. The report identifies and investigates the barriers, some of which may not be obvious to all, with observations and recommendations on the steps needed to overcome them. This session will provide an overview of the projects findings.

LAURA COX has been a publishing consultant for nearly ten years. She works with a variety of international clients including publishers, intermediaries and trade associations, in strategic sales and marketing consultancy, the creation of business and pricing models, market research, data analysis, project management, and a range of promotional and PR activities. She is the author of the Consortium Directory Online and co-author of the ALPSP Scholarly Publishing Practice surveys, and a number of RIN and JISC reports. Laura previously held the position of Acting Business Manager for the ALPSP and worked at John Cox Associates as a publishing consultant.

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