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Cost and Value in Electronic Publishing

Conference on Scholarly Communication and Technology,


A founding co-editor of Bryn Mawr Classical Review (BMCR) examines the costs and benefits of networked electronic communication for scholars. Some of the tools that have the potential to change the way scholars work include: online reference; online productivity information; e-mail as a productivity tool; and formal online publishing endeavors. A large part of the working practice at BMCR has been facilitated by the Internet; the operations of BMCR would not be possible without the productivity-enhancement of e-mail and word processing. In July 1993, BMCR began to publish a listing of "books received." The experience with Bryn Mawr Medieval Review (BMMR) has been instructively different. When the Medieval Institute of Western Michigan University "gave the journal a home" and some institutional support, the productivity increased significantly. Both BMCR and BMMR stand to gain from the Mellon Grant, which has provided for new information technology. What they still lack is any kind of economic model for the most effective use of information technology in education and scholarship. (AEF)


O'Donnell, J.J. (1997). Cost and Value in Electronic Publishing. Presented at Conference on Scholarly Communication and Technology 1997. Retrieved January 20, 2021 from .

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