Digital Forum: The Future of Academic Journals

Zoe Alker, Christopher Donaldson, James Mussell

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The three essays that comprise this Digital Forum offer perspectives on the future of academic publishing in the digital age. James Mussell's contribution outlines how the form of the online academic journal, and in particular ongoing use of pdf, remains resistant to the potential that the digital environment can offer. Lucinda Matthews-Jones continues the conversation by explaining how journal blogs, such as JVC Online, act as digital spaces that facilitate more creative engagement with multimedia and which allow authors to foster and to interact with new and often broader networks of readers. Finally, Helen Rogers surveys the current landscape of academic publishing and urges us, as scholars, to move beyond the traditional schema and embrace the potential that Web 2.0 can offer. As more and more of our scholarly lives are lived online, the investment of the scholarly journal in print culture becomes more apparent. The essays collected here recognize the value of longevity, of scholarship’s commitment to both the past and the future, but they also suggest that scholarly publication needs to attend more closely to the times in which it is published.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Victorian Culture
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2015


  • Digital Humanities
  • academic publishing
  • History
  • literary studies
  • Victorian


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