Re: Perspectives in Electronic Publishing

From: Gerry Mckiernan <gerrymck_at_IASTATE.EDU>
Date: Sat, 14 Sep 2002 16:32:59 +0100


>>> Stevan Harnad <harnad_at_ECS.SOTON.AC.UK> 09/13/02 07:27PM >>>

>I have to confess that I only ran across Steve Hitchcock's
>low-profile but high-IQ review

> "Perspectives in Electronic Publishing"


>[snip] I greatly admire his fertile and indefatigable intellect, and he is
>probably more broadly read and abreast of developments than any of us >in this rapidly evolving area.

          I can not agree more!

    I had the opportunity to profile his PeP project in one of my eProfiles for
_Library Hi Tech News_ published last year: Gerry McKiernan, "Perspectives in Electronic Publishing: An Open Access-Dynamic-Virtual Electronic Journal," Library Hi Tech News 18, no. 9 (October 2001): 19-27. [Its available electronically to subscribers through the Emerald service []]

>He has also earned his doctorate recently

      Congrats! Steve!

> and will no doubt continue making bigger and bigger contributions to
>this field that he has helped create.


>For highly compressed, witty and insightful critiques of the fast-growing
>literature, I can't think of a richer source than Steve Hitchcock's
>reviews in PeP (and he and his colleagues have set it up so you can add
>your own reviews too!).

FROM THE INTRODUCTION OF MY LHTN PROFILE Perspectives in Electronic Publishing ( is a "new model e-journal" that covers a broad range of topics relating to electronic networked publishing, with an emphasis on academic publishing and journals (see Figure 1). As characterized by its editor, Stephen M. Hitchcock, Perspectives in Electronic Publishing (PeP), is a "distributed linkbase journal" and an "evaluated journal with full-text papers distributed on the Web." PeP may also be considered a review journal in that it provides critical assessments of selected publications or an "extract" journal in that it provides selected extracts from source publication. In that it provides summaries and indexing of its primary and secondary content, it may also be considered an abstracting and indexing service. Alternatively, PeP may be viewed as a "vertically integrated portal", a resource discovery tool, or a s!
 ubject-based information gateway ("What is PeP?", n.d.). In that its core content - open access full-text publications - is not original to the journal but incorporated within it, PeP may also be viewed as a "virtual e-journal" (McKiernan, in press). FROM THE CONCLUSION "In utilizing and applying a variety of digital Web-based technologies, PeP not only offers value-added features and content that transcend the "limitations of paper", but also surpasses the functionalities of most current Web-based electronic journals. Within its framework, PeP offers researchers organized access to an integrated collection of heretofore "fragmented and chaotic" literature (Hitchcock and Hall, 2001). Through dynamic linking, it allows readers to discover relationships not evident through conventional hyperlinks, fostering opportunities to ga!
 in new insight to a literature and new perspectives for future!
ly pursuit. While the current focus of PeP is electronic publishing, the publication model exemplified by PeP need not be limited to one subject or research area. The innovative features, functionalities, and content of the PeP model could equally enhance access and use of other literatures and benefit other research communities."

/Gerry Gerry McKiernan / PePpy Librarian, Iowa State University, Ames IA 50011 c: Steve H.
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