Show simple item record Kling, Rob McKim, Geoffrey 2007-04-27T18:33:58Z 2007-04-27T18:33:58Z 1999
dc.identifier.citation Kling, R., & McKim, G. (2000). Not just a matter of time: Field differences and the shaping of electronic media in supporting scientific communication. Journal of the American Society for Information Science, 51(14), 1306-1320. en
dc.description.abstract The shift towards the use of electronic media in scholarly communication appears to be an inescapable imperative. However, these shifts are uneven, both with respect to field and with respect to the form of communication. Different scientific fields have developed and use distinctly different communicative forums, both in the paper and electronic arenas, and these forums play different communicative roles within the field. One common claim is that we are in the early stages of an electronic revolution, that it is only a matter of time before other fields catch up with the early adopters, and that all fields converge on a stable set of electronic forums. A social shaping of technology (SST) perspective helps us to identify important social forces – centered around disciplinary constructions of trust and of legitimate communication – that pull against convergence. This analysis concludes that communicative plurality and communicative heterogeneity are durable features of the scholarly landscape, and that we are likely to see field differences in the use of and meaning ascribed to communications forums persist, even as overall use of electronic communications technologies both in science and in society as a whole increases. en
dc.description.sponsorship Indiana University en
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dc.language.iso en_US en
dc.publisher Rob Kling Center for Social Informatics en
dc.relation.ispartofseries WP-99-02 en
dc.subject social informatics en
dc.subject social shaping of technology (SST) en
dc.subject High Energy Physics en
dc.subject Molecular Biology en
dc.subject Electronic Publishing en
dc.subject convergence en
dc.title Not Just a Matter of Time: Field Differences and the Shaping of Electronic Media en
dc.type Working Paper en

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