Where electronic journals will go in the immediate future depends on their relative advantages and disadvantages as seen by four participating groups ‐ authors, publishers, librarians and readers. Current developments are of crucial importance for deciding how speedily electronic journals will be introduced and accepted. Though the picture is changing rapidly, implementing electronic journals still holds problems for all four groups. Basic questions ‐ for example, of financial viability, or of long‐term storage ‐ still need to be resolved. These are not likely to be solved for all electronic journals in the same way. Some pointers to the future are becoming discernable, but it is still too early to see in detail how the transition from printed to electronic journals will develop.
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