The once and future editorial

David Bawden (City University London, London, UK)

Journal of Documentation

ISSN: 0022-0418

Publication date: 11 January 2016



The purpose of this paper is to discuss the changing nature of abstracts in scholarly journals, with particular reference to Journal of Documentation.


Selective literature review.


The nature of the editorial is changing towards a more stand-alone and substantive article.


The first discussion of the nature of the editorial in a scholarly information science journal.



Bawden, D. (2016), "The once and future editorial", Journal of Documentation, Vol. 72 No. 1, pp. 2-4.

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