6.0144 IPCT E-Journal (1/130)

Elaine Brennan & Allen Renear (EDITORS@BROWNVM.BITNET)
Mon, 20 Jul 1992 12:25:36 EDT

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 6, No. 0144. Monday, 20 Jul 1992.

Date: Wed, 15 Jul 92 09:45 EDT


Interpersonal Computing and Technology:
An Electronic Journal for the 21st Century

IPCT: An Electronic Journal for the 21st Century is based on
the following premises:

The electronic journal is the wave of the future. By
the year 2000, the bulk of information will be exchanged
electronically and the nature of print media will have
changed drastically.

There are, currently, several barriers to the use of
electronic journals as outlets for scholarly research. These
include: copyright problems, the problem of coordinating
with print publication, and especially the validation of the
electronic journal as a legitimate outlet for dissemination
of scholarly studies, suitable for credit toward promotion and
tenure in colleges and universities.

IPCT: An Electronic Journal for the 21st Century will attempt
to address these three concerns.

The first issue of the journal is planned for
January, 1993. Depending on the quantity and quality
of submissions, the decision will be made as to whether
the journal will be issued twice yearly or quarterly.
Each journal issue will be the equivalent of 64 print

The journal will be coordinated with and issued
through the Interpersonal Computing and Technology
Discussion List, a list maintained, moderated and
operated at Georgetown University. This list will serve
as the initial readership. Subscribers to the list will
be considered charter subscribers. There will be no
charge for the service for the first year. Subscribers
will be urged to comment extensively on content and
format of the journal. After an experimental year,
we will commence library collaboration and may find it
necessary to charge for the service.


This is a formal call for volunteer readers and article
referees. Please read the editorial statement carefully. If you
feel you are qualified to serve as a referee, please notify the
editor and submit a brief vita listing major publications and
editorial experience. Please provide the names of person with whom
we can check these credentials. Persons selected as referees will
listed on the masthead as "associate editors."


This is also a formal call for submission of articles for
inclusion in the journal.

Please submit full length articles (10-20 pages with
notes and bibliography) done in APA format on the
following topics: use of electronic networks in the
classroom, electronic publishing, use of electronic
networks and information exchange, library applications
of electronic communication, professional relationships
carried on via electronic communication, use of
electronic communication in higher education, business,
industry and government and related topics. Articles may
have a humanistic or social science cast. Technological
articles will be considered to the extent that they are
intelligible to the bulk of the readers and are not
specific to any particular hardware configuration
We regret that, at this time, we will be unable
to use articles which employ pictures and diagrams
and we urge that statistical tables be kept to a mimimum.
Our transmission will be in the simplest ASCII format, to
make the journal available to greatest number of
potential subscribers.

All articles will be given at least two blind reviews and
published articles will be selected by the editors.

In our reviewing process, we will conform to the highest
standards of reviewing used in the best print journals. Our
associate editors (reviewers) will be selected on criteria of
editorial experience and status in their field of expertise.

Applications for associate editor positions and article
submissions should be sent to:

GMP@PSUVM.BITNET or gmp@psuvm.psu.edu (internet).

After two issues a decision will be made whether to coordinate
publication with a print publisher. Meanwhile endorsements will be
solicited from relevant organizations, e.g. organizations like
American Library Association, EDUCOM, Speech Communication
Association, etc. and requests will be made for lists of their
on-line subscribers. Announcements will be sent to other relevant
lists. We urge you to circulate this announcement to relevant
lists with which you may be familiar.

Since the journal will be distributed by IPCT-L, subscription
to IPCT-L will be necessary for those desiring copies.


Send the following one-line message in the body of an email message to


This project will be coordinated and edited by Gerald M.
Phillips (emeritus, Penn State), Zane Berge (Georgetown), Gerald
M. Santoro (Penn State), and Mauri Collins (Penn State). Technical
advisors will include Bradley Erlwein (Zenith Data Systems),
Morton Cotlar (Hawaii), Katy Silberger (Marist), and Mark
Evangelista (Georgetown).

Once an editorial board is selected, formal announcement will
be made of the journal via all media including mail contact with
deans of major universities, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and
other relevant media. Solicitation of all available libraries will
also be made. We have already begun negotiations for a print
edition of the journal with academic publishers and find the
climate for collaboration quite favorable. There are technical
problems to be solved relevant to accessing the journals. We will
improve the technical sophistication of the journal to include
graphics and ftp retrieval as various distribution problems are