It has been exactly one year since we made the transition from a print format to the online format of the Shorefront Journal — the first post was on August 6, 2012. From what we have observed, we feel that this has been a successful transition and has attracted new readership.
Shorefront has over 370 followers
Our original printed journal came out four times a year with a print run of 300. With production, writing, time, printing and postage costs, the publication continued to increase with circulation limited a small print run.
Since our move to the online version, we have averaged 24 visits a day and nearly 700 visits per month. In addition, the site invited comments to articles that added valuable information and clarity. The site, in turn, feeds into our social presence on Twitter, Facebook and other WordPress authors. This is very encouraging for Shorefront as it has over 370 followers.
In addressing long term permanence, at the end of every calendar year, Shorefront makes available an annual journal compiling all of the articles and comments for the year. The annual Shorefront Journal issues are available to order and are delivered directly to your home or institution through lulu.com, an online self publishing site. Shorefront Journal Volume 00 2012 is available now for $12.
Shorefront is excited about the possibilities with the online journal as it has increased Shorefronts core mission focus points: collect, preserve and educate.
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Shorefront Journal online is a contributed journal and has enjoyed submissions from a wide variety of contributors. Scholars, interns, novice and first time posters have all made the site an engaging environment. Since the start, we have had 13 contributors and 42 articles. If you are interested, feel free to submit your article for review. See our submissions guideline here.
Thank you to the following contributors: Janet Alexander-Davis, Patrick Carr, Shawna Cooper-Gibson, PhD., Rhonda K. Craven, Tracy Francis, Petina Dixon-Jenkins, Doria Johnson, Parneshia Jones, Krislyn Placide, Dino Robinson, Herman Ratliff, Joi-Anissa Russell, and Dustin Witsman — Thank you all and keep the articles coming!