Vestiges of print publication in scientific journals [Information Culture, Scientific American Blog Network]
The first scientific journals were published in the late 17th century, and these print publications changed very little over time. Developments in printing technology, distribution and the advent of the commercial publisher all impacted the process, but the basic form was easily recognizable.
Then, the internet was born. Scientists and publishers hailed the World Wide Web as a force for transformation in scientific communication, and many journals started making articles available online. But little changed. The traditions of print publication were strong, and publishers created websites that mimicked the structure of the print publications.
Most current journals still have some vestiges of their print origins (even if they no longer publish a print edition), and many “born online” journals try to mimic their formerly-print competition.