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On the matter of electronic publication the world of medical journals is split—opportunity or threat? Since I lean strongly towards opportunity, I am much heartened by the RSM's decision to put our Journal on the World Wide Web. The current issue of the JRSM, and its successors, will be found on a site run by High Wire Press, which already serves numerous medical publications including the BMJ, Circulation, Gut and the Quarterly Journal of Medicine.
Not many readers of the JRSM, I think, will now entirely forsake print-on-paper for the screen. What the website offers is a plus. When an article excites your special attention, you can now pursue the subject to your heart's content via hyperlinks to other journals. For JRSM authors a considerable attraction is that the reverse applies: readers of other online journals will gain instant access to your work, and so too can those whose attention is drawn to it by mention in a newspaper or on television.
The barriers to communication in medicine are collapsing one by one. Try the website—www.jrsm.org