Journals: Making the Visual Visible in Academic Writing
essay examines the ways in which academic journals on the web use visual
media as part of their presentation and message. While most online journals
minimize the visual by reproducing the visually bankrupt page of the print
journal on screen, more and more electronic journals are using visual media
as an integral part of their design. In merging words and images, these
journals are changing the way we read and process academic text.
Special thanks to technical communications graduate student Laura Merilatt for helping me with the technical and visual challenges of moving this paper from print to screen.