The Academic Journal: Has it a Future?


  • Gaby Weiner Umeå University, Sweden



Electronic Publishing, Futures (of Society), Online Systems, Scholarly Journals, Writing for Publication


This article examines the current state of the academic journal. It does so for a number of reasons: the increasing expense of paper journals; the advent of electronic publishing; the use of publication in journals as an indicator of research quality (in addition to disseminating knowledge within a discipline) and consequent criticisms of systems of peer review and evaluation of scholarship; emergent issues of equity and access; and evidence of malpractice. These issues taken together constitute a critique of, and challenge to, the process whereby research papers become journal articles, which has in the past been viewed as unproblematic and straightforward. This paper brings together a wide range of literature in order to inform discussion about the future of the academic journal. It briefly examines the origins of the academic journal and then provides a comprehensive overview of current debates concerning how academic journals work today. In so doing, it raises questions about decisions that will need to be taken regarding the continuity or otherwise of the conventional academic journal, and how publishing practices may change in the future.


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Author Biography

Gaby Weiner, Umeå University, Sweden

Gaby Weiner Gaby Weiner is professor of teacher education and research at Umeå University, Sweden. She moved there from a similar post at South Bank University, London in 1998. She has written and edited a number of books and reports on feminism, equity and social justice in education. She has also held a number of positions on various academic journals including journal editor, member of editorial board, editor of special issue, reviewer and of course has also contributed as author.




How to Cite

Weiner, G. (2001). The Academic Journal: Has it a Future?. Education Policy Analysis Archives, 9, 9.