The Future of the Academic Journal

2nd Edition

Editors: Bill Cope Angus Phillips
Paperback ISBN: 9781843347835
eBook ISBN: 9781780634647
Imprint: Chandos Publishing
Published Date: 11th June 2014
Page Count: 478
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The world of the academic journal continues to be one of radical change. A follow-up volume to the first edition of <I>The Future of the Academic Journal</I>, this book is a significant contribution to the debates around the future of journals publishing. The book takes an international perspective and looks ahead at how the industry will continue to develop over the next few years. With contributions from leading academics and industry professionals, the book provides a reliable and impartial view of this fast-changing area. The book includes various discussions on the future of journals, including the influence of business models and the growth of journals publishing, open access and academic libraries, as well as journals published in Asia, Africa and South America.

Key Features

  • looks at a fast moving and vital area for academics and publishers
  • contains contributions from leading international figures from universities and publishers


Academics in the fields of information science, library studies, and publishing studies. Professionals from libraries, publishing, and research bodies. Policy-makers around the world concerned with the issues that surround information and research.

Table of Contents

  • List of figures and tables
  • About the editors
  • About the contributors
  • Chapter 1: Introduction

    • The journal online
    • Open access
    • Scholarly communication
  • Chapter 2: Changing knowledge ecologies and the transformation of the scholarly journal

    • Abstract:
    • The knowledge business
    • Forces of epistemic disruption
    • Breaking point 1: how knowledge is made available
    • Breaking point 2: designing knowledge credibly
    • Breaking point 3: evaluating knowledge, once designed
    • Framing knowledge futures
    • Concluding questions
  • Chapter 3: Sustaining the ‘Great Conversation’: the future of scholarly and scientific journals

    • Abstract:
    • Introduction: the ‘Great Conversation’ of science
    • A bit of history
    • Going digital, and its consequences: the rise of non-commercial electronic journals
    • Peering into the future
    • Conclusion
  • Chapter 4: Academic journals in a context of distributed knowledge

    • Abstract:
    • Introduction
    • Institutional and subject-based repositories
    • From linguistic and disciplinary monopoly to the pluralism of languages and cultures
    • The Popperian model of knowledge
    • Journals as innovation in assembly
    • Conclusion
  • Chapter 5: Business models in journals publishing

    • Abstract:
    • The characteristics of the journals business
    • The life cycle of a journal
    • Pricing
    • Cost structure
    • Subscription model
    • Alternative business models
    • Open access
    • Future of business models
  • Chapter 6: The growth of journals publishing

    • Abstract:
    • Introduction
    • A historical perspective
    • Recent growth in the number of titles
    • Changes in the number of


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About the Editor

Bill Cope

Dr Bill Cope is Research Professor in the Department of Educational Policy Studies, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, USA and Director of Common Ground Publishing. He is the co-author or editor of a number of books, including, with Angus Phillips, The Future of the Book in the Digital Age, also published by Chandos, in 2006.

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Illinois and Common Ground Publishing, USA

Angus Phillips

Angus Phillips is Director of the Oxford International Centre for Publishing Studies and Head of the Publishing Department at Oxford Brookes University. He worked for a number of years as a non-fiction editor at Oxford University Press and now acts as a consultant to publishing companies in the UK and internationally.

Affiliations and Expertise

Oxford Brookes University, UK