Journals are not yet obsolete

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.311.7003.507c (Published 19 August 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:507
  1. Jonathan Cowie
  1. Head of books and sectors of biology Institute of Biology, London SW7 2DZ

    EDITOR,--Much has been forecast in the past: the creation of cinema will be the death toll for theatres; the invention of television will be the death toll for cinema; the invention of video will be the death toll for cinema; the invention of the word processor will mean the end of the pen. Now it is the 1990s and we have the worldwide web and are told that paper journals will die.1 But life is not as simple as Ronald E LaPorte and colleagues make out.

    Firstly, a number of journals have been largely electronic for nearly a decade. The creation of the joint academic network (JANET) …

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