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As we have already seen, scholarly societies were closely associated with the first scholarly journals and this association has continued. Most scholarly societies provide a journal as one of the benefits of membership. This journal may be published by the society or may be managed in conjunction with an established publisher (thus benefiting from economies of scale).
Scholarly societies also serve as guardians of shared understandings about a particular discipline, exercising a normative influence.
It is important to realise that scholarly societies act in the domain of publishing both as representatives of scholars (to other publishing companies) and as publishing intermediaries themselves. This is sometimes a source of tension.
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