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Spring 1995


This article examines the role of electronic academic journals within scholarly communities. Scholarly communities are best understood as discourse communities which share symbol systems as well as con- ventions for communication. We discuss the ways in which the net- work and the electronic journals it hosts can play an important role in facilitating the routine discourse processes of scholarly communi- ties. However, we also argue that the new medium will change the way that scholars read and write, the way they do research, and the form of research products. We consider in detail our experiences with the Electronic Journal of Communication/La Revue Electronique de Com- munication, an electronic journal serving an online community of com- munication scholars and students.


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This is the Publisher’s PDF of the following article made available by John Hopkins University Press © 1995: Stephen, T.D., & Harrison, T.M. (1995). The electronic journal as the heart of an online scholarly community. Library Trends. 43 (4) 592-608.

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