Online vs Conventional Scientific Publication

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?