This thesis looks at the impact of the technologies of networking and hypermedia on the
scholarly journal. It does so in five main sections. The first section, Overview and Theory,
begins by outlining the aims of the study and examining prior related work. Next it defines
the three main theoretical perspectives that inform the research (a constructuralist ecology of
communication, punctuated equilibrium, and a genre-based framework for new media) as
well as considering and rejecting a number of alternatives. The second section, Publishing
and Technology, first places the scholarly journal in its historical context and then identifies
the stakeholders in the scholarly journal ecology. It then looks at the range of technology developments
over the last twenty years that have the potential to be applied to scholarly communication.
The third section, Potentials and Responses, looks at the ways in which both
publishing functions and stakeholder roles could be transformed and at some of...
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