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Editorial: Educational Impact and Open Access Journals

Author(s): Alireza Noruzi

Journal: Webology
ISSN 1735-188X

Volume: 4;
Issue: 4;
Start page: e14;
Date: 2007;
Original page

Keywords: Educational Impact | Impact Factor | Visibility | Accessibility | Open Access Journals | Reading text

Scholars may find out that they (i.e., their papers, ideas, findings, methods, models or theories) have been invoked (i.e., cited, mentioned, or linked to) by others. Citations (links) are no longer found only in classical scholarly texts, nor are they directed only to scholarly texts: Scholars may be cited formally, or merely mentioned en passant in listservs and others electronic discussion fora, or they may find out that they have been included in reading lists or electronic syllabi (Cronin et al., 1998). The Web is both a publishing and a conversational medium. It engenders new modes of scholarly communication, interaction and signaling (Cronin et al., 1998). The online syllabi can reveal a better picture of how a journal is used and can present the educational impact of the journal. It is obvious that open access will improve the educational impact of journals.
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