~ By Todd
Last year our associate editor explored the topic “Journals: Digital or Print?” based on a survey we conducted in May 2010. While the survey data showed a clear preference (74%) for the print medium, 72% of journal subscribers said they also accessed the digital editions of publications online.
Although our team believes that print is here to stay for the foreseeable future, we decided it was time to explore digital publishing to add value for current subscribers to The Prevention Researcher as well as extend the readership of the journal to a worldwide audience.
Our first digital edition features “Social Media & Youth,” published in print as the December 2010 Resource Issue. For a full screen view, click on the cover image below to begin reading articles about the benefits of social media for young people, a discussion of the risks, and ways to empower adults to create positive online experiences for youth.
The digital edition can be read in various formats and includes hyperlinks to an editorial index of articles published over the past eight years, to our previously published issues, and to products offered by our advertisers.
Over the next few months, we’ll evaluate the response from youth-serving professionals who read the digital edition. A decision about digital publishing of future issues of The Prevention Researcher in combination with our ongoing print edition will be made later this year.
Todd Peterson is Marketing & Sales Coordinator for The Prevention Researcher. He joined the journal team in October 2010. An active blogger for the past five years, this is Todd’s first post on our blog.