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Hypermedia Online Publishing: the Transformation of the Scholarly Journal

5.4.4 Limited interaction

The possibilities for interaction with the author of a journal article are extremely restricted. The reader can write a letter directly to the author, but this correspondence will not be visible to the other members of their scholarly community. Alternatively, the reader can write to the editor of the journal and hope to get their letter published. Unfortunately, space constraints and the delays in the publication process already discussed mean that there will be a lag of at least one issue before the letter appears. This may well be three months by which time the urgency of the response to the article has gone. Scholarly debates that take place in this way can last quite a long time and do not have the immediacy of a question session after a conference paper (for example).

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