This chapter outlined the overall aims of this thesis and defined its scope. It identified possible relevant research which will be considered in the context of the thesis results. While there has been some research on attitudes to electronic scholarly publishing and on the readership of individual e-journals, there has been no research comparing practices and attitudes between two sub-groups within a scholarly discipline where one of the sub-groups consists of known e-journal readers and the other sub-group is drawn from the base population of that discipline. The next chapter describes the theoretical basis for this research.
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