The print journal arose out of the need for scholars to communicate effectively and through the possibilities of the printing and communication (rail and sea transport) technologies of the time. It is now a mature artefact embedded in an ecology of scholarly communication with a number of distinct stakeholders. As a mature communications artefact, it has a range of familiar and desirable attributes that need to be kept in mind when considering any replacement. The next chapter will examine some of the technology developments that enable such a replacement.
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