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Hypermedia Online Publishing: the Transformation of the Scholarly Journal


4.2.4 Increasing ubiquity

In the developing world, it is now the reasonable expectation that a professional in any field will have ready (and probably sole) access to a personal computer in their workplace. The results from the survey phase of this research (see 7.3.2: Access to technology on page 117) certainly confirm this. Many of these professionals will also have access to a personal computer at home. These computers are usually upgraded on a three-year cycle so improvements to technology will diffuse fairly quickly. For the survey population for this research, over 60% had access to the sort of multimedia facilities discussed above.

This level of ubiquity means that publishers of scholarly journals can start to assume that their readers will have access to desktop computer technology.



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