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Electronic journal provision and use in China: an initial study.

Johnson, Ian M.; Wang, Hong; Nie, Fei


Ian M. Johnson

Hong Wang

Fei Nie


The growth of electronic journals (e-journals) in Western Europe and North America has been widely reported. The rapid development of e-journal publishing in China is less well known. This paper provides a brief introduction to the development of e-journals in China before examining their impact on libraries, particularly academic libraries. Several factors that may have affected the growth of e-journals are noted, including the nature of government initiatives and pedagogical methods. As well as pointing to and reviewing some of the limited literature on the development of the publishing industry, the researchers also conducted some interviews in China. To provide an initial understanding of the impact on libraries, a small survey of academic libraries was undertaken. In addition, a study of the perspectives of the academic and library staff of Shandong University, one of China's largest universities, identified specific effects on user behaviour, the library staff and the budget.


JOHNSON, I., WANG, H. and NIE, F. 2008. Electronic journal provision and use in China: an initial study. Serials [online], 21(3), pages 210-221. Available from:

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Nov 11, 2008
Online Publication Date Nov 11, 2008
Publication Date Dec 31, 2008
Deposit Date Dec 1, 2008
Publicly Available Date Dec 1, 2008
Journal Serials
Print ISSN 0953-0460
Electronic ISSN 1475-3308
Publisher United Kingdom Serials Group (UKSG)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 21
Issue 3
Pages 210-221
Keywords Electronic journals; China; Academic libraries
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