Abstract - The Information Society 11(4)

Stevan Harnad's "Subversive Proposal": Kick-starting electronic scholarship - A summary and analysis

Doug Brent

Many readers interested in electronic publishing will know of Stevan Harnad, pioneering publisher of Psycoloquy, one of the first peer-reviewed, all-electronic journals. He has argued that electronic publishing is the logical way to cope with the spirali ng costs and glacial speed of print publication. Harnad's radical vision for the future of electronic publishing is summarized. Some of the most interesting side arguments regarding the economics of the Internet in general are summarized. Harnad argues that in the electronic world, presentation of ideas as lapidary product of thought can be replaced by in-process texts that participate in the development of thought. The process is more akin to oral dialogue than to electronic representations of finished texts.

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