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Paper 0314:
The Deconstructed Journal Revisited – A Review of Developments

id 0314
authors Smith, John W.T.
year 2003
title The Deconstructed Journal Revisited – A Review of Developments
source ELPUB2003. From information to knowledge: Proceedings of the 7th ICCC/IFIP International Conference on Electronic Publishing held at the Universidade do Minho, Portugal 25-28 June 2003/Edited by: Sely Maria de Souza Costa, João Álovaro Carvalho, Ana Alice Baptista, Ana Cristina Santos Moreira. Universidade do Minho, 2003.
summary Developments in net based academic publishing since 1999 are reviewed in light of the requirements of the Deconstructed Journal (DJ) academic publishing model. This model proposes that all the activities of traditionaljournal publishing could be carried out by a group of co-operating independent agents without the necessary requirement of a publisher to co-ordinate them. It is shown that most of the elements required for the DJpublishing model to operate are now available. The one major element missing is the independent Certification Agent (CA). The role of the CA in the DJ model is to provide quality control (refereeing, etc.) and to confirmthis it should affix its ‘seal of approval’ to the document. Document integrity and authentication are described and the operation of Digital Signatures (DSs) reviewed including current usage problems. It is concluded that easy to use DSs or similar tools are needed to allow the emergence of truly independent CAs but the reward will be documents that are completely free.
keywords academic publishing, scholarly publishing, new publishing models, deconstructed journal model, document integrity, document authentication, digital signatures
series ELPUB:2003
type full paper
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