Journal publishing relates predominantly to academic and scientific literature: that is, periodicals carrying accounts of research published after due peer review (the scrutiny of other experts in the same field).
Journal publishing may form part of a large academic, STM, professional or specialist publisher that produces a range of products for their niche markets - journals, directories, online information services, conferences and events. Or it may be part of an academic or professional association or organisation devoted to the development of knowledge in a particular area, where journal publishing is seen as the circulation of the latest thinking and research in a particular field.
Sales in journal publishing are mainly subscription based, for print and/or online products. Journals publishers have been providing online content for many years and have had to keep up with the ever changing technological landscape. Journal publishing is now having to justify the value it adds to the process of commissioning, reviewing, producing and circulating quality research in the face of the new "Open Access" business model, whereby the academic or their employing institution can pay up front to publish their article online.« Back