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    Dear Colleagues

    Regarding the current discussion about electronic publishing, I would like
    to make the following comments:

    1. If you want to see an example for an electronic journal point your
    browser to the Journal of Image Guided Surgery at or
    find a list of IEEE Publications at (You can also
    find the pointers in my home page ( under

    2. The publisher should make site licences available for research
    institutions. If it is not too complicated for the publisher a more complex
    price list, i.e. low prices for just downloading the contents etc., would be
    helpful. Example: For the Journal of Image Guided Surgery the cost is $245
    for one printed copy and 5 electronic subscriptions. The individual
    subscription (1 printed + 1 electronic) runs $98. Personally, I would
    consider this as a fair price.

    3. Electronic publishing offers the advantage of quick turnaround times and
    immediate availablity after acceptance of a submission. Particularly for
    "hot" topics, waiting more than one year for your publication to appear in
    printed form is not ideal.

    4. Keyword searches across all issues should be possible.

    5. The scientific level for electronic publications should be equally as
    high as for printed ones.

    6. Figures, for monetary reasons usually reproduced in black and white,
    could be stored and viewed in color.

    7. Publishers must be aware that WWW pages of an on-line journal require
    maintenance and in-house bandwidth.

    Summarizing, I think that electronic publishing should serve as an
    extension, not alternative, for printed journals. On-line journals can
    assist in faster propagation of results in the scientific community for the
    benefit of all researchers.


    Heiko Visarius
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