15 June 2010
Cassella M, Calvi L. New journal models and publishing perspectives in the evolving digital environment. IFLA Journal 2010;36(1):7-15
Open access combined with 2.0 tools is fast changing the traditional journal’s functions and the publisher’s role. The journal is no longer the main referring unit for scholarly output, as it used to be, for scientific, technical an medical disciplines. New experimental journal models are thus evolving, i.e. overlay journals, interjournals and different levels journals. The publishers should concentrate much more on value-added services for authors, readers and libraries, such as navigational services, discovery services, archiving and evaluation services.