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Hypermedia Online Publishing: the Transformation of the Scholarly Journal

10.4.1 Interlocking systems and interdependencies

The transforming capabilities of technology may not necessarily cause stakeholders to take on new roles. Academics can now self-publish (via their own journals or through easier distribution of preprints) but does this make them publishers? Libraries can publish, but the case-study participants preferred to talk about technology letting them serve their communities better rather than letting them change roles. There will be some instances of stakeholders shifting roles, but these will be the exceptions rather than the rule for some time to come. The existing webs of genres, communities, activities, relationships and media will serve to constrain the ability of the system to change rapidly with respect to roles (as opposed to with respect to delivery technologies).

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