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Hypermedia Online Publishing: the Transformation of the Scholarly Journal

2.4.3 Discussion

The questions posed by Agre's application of genre theory throw useful light on the form and functions of scholarly journals as well as on the roles and practices of stakeholders in the scholarly publishing community. The role of the community is critical. [Nunberg, 1993] points out that any shift to electronic publication will not be possible "in the absence of a social organization that enables scientific communities to compensate for features of print discourse that are lost in the transition" (p. 24).

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