An essential segment of scholarly documentation, journals entered the new digital world a number of years ago. We propose to examine the conditions for that shift in the area of the humanities and social sciences, in conceptual, economic, technical and organizational terms.
Our views have evolved through our ongoing commitment over the past five years to rethinking the digital production and dissemination of scholarly journals, as well as to experimenting with new methods and trying to incorporate that thinking into the reconstruction and acceleration of scientific communication. On a broader scale, we contend that the situation of journals effectively illustrates digitization issues in scholarly publishing.
In this book, we interpret a series of phenomena and issues not so much to defend any school of thought, but rather to arrive at a realistic assessment of the many processes that are transforming the way research results are disseminated through journals. In this way, we hope to make room for alternative approaches rather than to impose one fixed view.
Our discussion is fed by state-of-the-art research in the field in addition to our respective experiences at the Université de Montréal. With different training and backgrounds