Electronic publishing—a question of quality


  • Dr. Philip Hastings

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    1. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. Baffins Lane, Chichester, Sussex PO19 1UD (UK)
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    • read metallurgy and materials science at the University of Nottingham, graduating in 1985. He then carried out postgraduate research at the University of Nottingham's Department of Metallurgy and Materials Science, investigating the fatigue behavior of titanium aero-engine alloys, and was awarded his Ph.D. in 1989. Since then he has worked for John Wiley and Sons as Publishing Editor for Materials Science and Physics, with responsibility internationally for books, journals and other publications in the above subject areas.


Radical changes in publishing are expected in the next decade due to the acceptance and accessibility of electronic media. With the advent of powerful networks such as SuperJANET, a vast quantity of data becomes available to the scientist. Perhaps the most difficult challenges presenting themselves to the scientific community are the maintenance of quality for the benefit of users, copyright for the benefit of authors and publishers, and security of information for everyone.