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15 Law Democracy & Dev. 1 (2011)

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January 2011
Breaking new ground - the only way to go?
DARCY DU TOIT
LDD's first year as an open-access electronic journal has flown by, and two things can be
said: while it's been a learning curve, we are still just beginning to discover the potential
of this medium of publication.
Google tells part of the story. Any search for the journal now brings up large numbers
of hits. It is hosted on a growing number of scholarly websites, including African
Journals on Line (AJOL), Sabinet's African Journal Archive and Academia.edu; it is even
listed among the databases of the Southern African Legal Information Institute (SAFLII).
There is no way of telling how many researchers have visited LDD on these websites or,
indeed, our own. But it is safe to say that the exposure we, and our authors, are now
enjoying is much greater than it was a year ago.
A glance at the 2010 table of contents tells a bit more. As always it reflects a rich
variety of topics, ranging from international trade to a special collection of articles
under the heading Working on the margins: Poverty and economic marginality in
South Africa. It also suggests that we were off to a somewhat slow start, the number of
articles being slightly fewer than we would previously have published in a year. This
was mainly due to the effort it took to get the electronic journal up and running. On
closer inspection, however, the total number of pages is no less than the average in
previous years; indeed, it is well up on 2009. What this means is that articles have
become more substantial. Only two are less than 20 pages long; one runs to 43 pages.

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