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An obvious and important advantage to the digital turn in early modern studies is the accessibility afforded by online academic publishing, but scholars of the Early Modern period (1500–1800) have been slower than their modern counterparts to take these opportunities seriously.1 Though The Early Modern Commons now lists 305 blogs, and though many of our print journals have adopted a form of online presence, studies in the early modern period can claim roughly eleven peer-reviewed, open-access, online journals to date, in- cluding a large percentage of European-based, Spanish-language journals of interdisciplinary fields.2 Given the current push to provide access to scholarly journals and given the financial pressures on print journals, the move toward online publication seems like a simple solution. So why is there apparent reluc- tance to do so? Perhaps the more conservative stance toward online publication among early modern scholars—who have studied the challenges of massive change resulting from print technology—points to underlying complexities.

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