• J. Mackenzie Owen
Part of the Information Science and Knowledge Management book series (ISKM, volume 11)


In order to study the impact of digitization on the scientific article, we need to obtain an understanding of what digitization is about and of what it means, at least in principal, for a document to be ‘digital’ rather than ‘non-digital’. What happens to information when it is recorded and distributed in digital form rather than in written or printed form on paper? Is there any significant difference other than just a change of physical medium? Or does the ‘digital’ affect structure and content as well? And if so, to what extent does this impinge on scientific communication? What are the possible consequences of digitization for the scientific article and the way authors use the scientific article to communicate the findings of their research? These are the questions we shall address in this chapter.


Information Resource Digital Format Scientific Article Digital Information Scholarly Communication 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. Mackenzie Owen
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  1. 1.University of AmsterdamThe Netherlands

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