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Edith Wharton once said something about wisdom needing to be filtered through personal experience. In this issue of JEP our authors bring personal experience to their work, sharing their interests as well as their scholarship. It is this personal view that makes this issue of JEP special. It is also telling that this collection of articles, which came to JEP one at a time, spell out a similar theme: publishing is inexorably moving away from its old paradigms, to new models where electronic will soon overtake paper. Even the last bastion—human resistance to change—is crumbling at the edges and the center cannot long hold.
Hilary Wilder and Sharmila Pixy Ferris wrote an article for JEP a year ago on communication. They collaborated using a wiki, a Web space that allows anyone to read and edit its contents. In Using a Wiki to Write About Wikis they let JEP readers know what it was like to write so publicly.
In Cross-Media Publishing Andreas Veglis looks at the top 10 U.S. daily newspapers from a Hellenistic perspective, and finds them only moderately committed to electronic publication compared to their European counterparts, but the ball is rolling.
Felicia A. Smith finds drama and excitement in the journals pricing wars, and compares it to the horror movie Jaws in J.A.W.S. As in Jaws, the good guys finally win and the citizenry see the light.
Bhaskar Mukherjee explores the value of open-access journals in the library and information science field based on impact factors and a host of other criteria in Evaluating E-Contents Beyond the Impact Factor. His research shows that standards are not affected by changing media.
Frank Lester's Backlinks: Alternatives to the Citation Index for Determining Impact uses JEP as proof that links to an article may be better determinants of impact than citations for two reasons: they are not bound by discipline, and—because of the Web's dynamic nature—can include links added to an article after its original publication.
The Deep Niche by Michael Jensen suggests a new economic model for electronic publishers, one that could result in consistent best sellers over the life of a publication.
Another new approach comes from Charles Henry, who explains how Rice University Press has re-invented itself to become the first fully digital university press, and is on its way to new successes.
Diane Harley, Sarah Earl-Novell, Jennifer Arter, Shannon Lawrence, and C. Judson King carefully studied The Influence of Academic Values on Scholarly Publication and Communication Practices, and found that the major difference between electronic publishing and paper publishing was perception. The way to move scholars to accept electronic publication is to ensure that the publications meet the scholars’ real needs, they conclude.
Finally, Maria Filippi writes about a digital library in Italy that meets real needs and is thriving. In Implementing a Digital Library through National Cooperation, she explains how a library can help thwart marine pollution.