Electronic journals , also known as ejournals , e-journals , and electronic serials , are scholarly journals or intellectual magazines that can be accessed via electronic transmission. Some journals are ‘born digital’ in which they are published on the web and in a digital format, but most electronic journals originated as print journals, which will be upgraded to an electronic version, while still maintaining a print component. As academic research has changed in line with the growth of the internet, the e-journal has come to dominate the journals world.
An e-journal closely resembles a print journal in structure: there is a table of contents which lists the articles, and many electronic journals still use a volume / issue model, although some titles now publish on a continuous basis. Online journal articles are a specialized form of electronic document : they have the purpose of providing material for academic research and study, and they are formatted approximately like journals. Often a journal article will be available for download in two formats – as a PDF and in HTML format. Articles are indexed in bibliographic databases, as well as by search engines. E-journals allow new types of content, for example video material, or the data sets on which research has been based.
With the growth and development of the Internet, there is a growth in the number of new journals, especially in those that exist as digital publications only. A subset of these journals exist as Open Access titles, meaning that they are free to access for all, and have Creative Commons licenses which permit the reproduction of content in different ways. High quality open access journals are listed in Directory of Open Access Journals . Most however continues to exist as subscription journals, for which libraries, organizations and individuals purchase access.
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- Carol Tenopir and Donald King, Towards Electronic Journals . Special Libraries Association, 2000. ISBN 0-87111-507-7