Legal academics worldwide could have free access to a new UK legal journal through their PCs if funding is forthcoming.
The service, which will be provided by lawyers at Newcastle University, will run over the World Wide Web – a sub-set of the Internet.
Newcastle Law School Lecturer Bruce Grant, who has set up the journal with colleague Mike Allen, says it will provide more up-to-date information than traditional legal journals.
"We are trying to fill a gap in the coverage of academic journals," he says.
The Web Journal of Current Legal Issues will be published every two months – subject to funding – and will be free for academics. Other users will have to pay standard Internet charges.
"By using the World Wide Web, we can publish something in Newcastle which lawyers all over the world can read on their computer screens a split second later," says Allen, who will be editing the publication.
Users will also be able to discuss the issues raised in the journal over the system. Contents will include case notes, refereed articles and social commentary.
The journal will be monitored by an editorial board consisting of 11 academics from UK law schools.
Blackstone Press will publish a hard copy version.