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Experiences With Academic Publishing On The Internet: A Look At The Technology Interface

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1998 Annual Conference


Seattle, Washington

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June 28, 1998

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June 28, 1998

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July 1, 1998



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3.279.1 - 3.279.8

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Jeffrey S. Beasley

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Charles T. Townley

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Session 1358

Experiences with Academic Publishing on the Internet: A Look at the Technology Interface

Jeffrey S. Beasley, Charles T. Townley New Mexico State University


This paper discusses the experiences of publishing academic papers through Internet journals such as the Technology Interface. While Internet publishing creates many opportunities for exchanging information, this can also cause concern for ownership, proper cataloging, citing, and archiving. Also, the Internet is a dynamic environment. Many questions arise due to the use of Internet publications. For example, should journal documents be allowed to change once placed on-line? Can a previously published paper be updated? Should guidelines for publishing on the Internet be different than the printed press? Should articles be published in HTML format or another such as Adobe Acrobat? Who should pay for the opportunity to publish on the Internet? This paper will address these issues and includes a discussion of the experiences with the Technology Interface.


Before 1996, only 100 on-line titles of science, technology and medicine (STM) peer-reviewed journals appeared on-line.1 A search on the Internet search engine Yahoo! 2 was conducted January, 1998 using the underlined keywords. The search produced the following results:

• Found 266 Category and 4495 Site Matches for journal. • Found 14 Category and 51 Site Matches for journals in engineering, • Found 4 Category and 130 Site Matches for Technology Journals. • Found 3 Category and 418 Site Matches for magazine technology. • Found 0 categories and 2 sites for engineering technology journal

Not all of the listings are classified as peer-reviewed journals but the impact the Internet is making on electronic publishing is evident by the number of site matches to the keyword search.

The Technology Interface is a recent addition to the long list of providers of electronic information on the Internet. The first issue of the Technology Interface - the Electronic Journal for Engineering Technology appeared on the Internet in November of 1996. The Technology Interface is a paperless on-line publication accessed via the World-Wide Web (WWW). The Technology Interface was developed specifically to provide professionals in the Engineering Technology profession and related fields, the opportunity to share ideas concerning teaching, teaching improvements, projects, industrial activities, research and much more via the Internet. This paperless media provides the convenience for organizations to freely share their information. The journal is now in its second year of publication.

Beasley, J. S., & Townley, C. T. (1998, June), Experiences With Academic Publishing On The Internet: A Look At The Technology Interface Paper presented at 1998 Annual Conference, Seattle, Washington.

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