The Use of Electronic-Only Journals in Scientific Research

Richard D. Llewellyn, Iowa State University
Lorraine J. Pellack, Iowa State University
Diana D. Shonrock, Iowa State University


Journals that are published exclusively in electronic format present an innovation in the way that scientific information is communicated to the research community. Significant concerns remain regarding the impermanence of materials in electronic formats and the use of innovative features of electronically formatted material. It has taken some time for the e-only journals to become integrated into scientific information systems, indexed by major services, appear in library catalogs, or cited by other researchers. This article surveys the current place of the e-only journal within the information system.