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Given the estimated 20,000 to 25,000 scholarly journals in existence
(Morrison, 2009), the long-term sustainability and growth of a subject-specific
publication can seem tenuous. Such longevity becomes even more
precarious when the publication does not have an electronic counterpart.
This is the challenge facing Canadian Military History, a journal that has been
attracting both scholars and enthusiasts for over twenty years. In an effort to
broaden their readership, increase visibility, and streamline workflows, CMH
enlisted the services of the Laurier Library and WLU Press to transition to an
online format through Scholars Commons @ Laurier, an institutional
repository using Berkeley Electronic Press’s Digital Commons software. This
case study offers an illustration of the challenges faced and the strategies
used to overcome them, including issues surrounding copyright, access, and
Presenter: Caitlin Bakker, Wilfrid Laurier University
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