E-JASL: The Electronic Journal of Academic and Special Librarianship


Date of this Version

Spring 2004

Document Type



Electronic Journal of Academic and Special Librarianship (Spring 2004) 5(1). Also available at http://southernlibrarianship.icaap.org/content/v05n01/galvin_j01.htm.


Copyright 2004, the author. Used by permission.


Electronic journals have been applauded as a solution to the serials pricing crisis, a step toward environmentally responsible behavior and a means for scholars to expedite and expand their modes of communication. On the other hand, until fairly recently some scholars regarded electronic journals as ephemeral and inaccessible to all but the technologically proficient. As rising prices force libraries to cancel subscriptions each year and publication delays slow scholarly communication and academic careers, electronic journals seem to offer some promise. The article will review the recent advances made by electronic journals and the current challenges remaining for scholarly communication.