Increasingly, scientific journals are moving toward online publication rather than conventional print publication. To prepare for this discussion, I’ve asked you to go to the library and look at a paper journal article and an online journal article in the same discipline.
- Compare the paper and online publications. Briefly, what are the advantages and disadvantages of each system? Which do you prefer? Why?
- Did you have problems accessing the online journal article? Were you able to print a copy of the article if you wanted to?
- Are you comfortable reading articles on the monitor? Why or why not?
- Was the online version hyperlinked to allied topics or journal citations? Do you like this feature?