The Law Society is ceasing the print version of its official journal the Singapore Law Gazette, also known as the Law Gazette. The announcement comes as its publisher LexisNexis has decided not to renew its contract to publish the print version of the Law Gazette.
Following this announcement, the official journal will be published fully online beginning this month and will be compatible across platforms such as mobile, tablet and desktop. The Law Society is currently working on relaunching a “modern, interactive and user friendly” website, featuring keyword searches, article recommendations and listing of articles by popularity.
In a letter to its members, president Gregory Vijayendran and chair, publications committee Malathi Das wrote that “it will no longer be viable or sustainable for the Society to bear the costs for hard copies of the Law Gazette, going forward”.
“We will also be brainstorming creative new ideas for columns, features and content post- transition. We are excited to unveil the new website and look forward to sharing with members a brand new identity and user experience,” the statement read.
According to The Straits Times (ST), LexisNexis informed its advertisers in a letter dated 2 January 2018 that the Law Society is resuming ownership of the official journal and its advertisements. ST quoted Das saying that while the decision was “not anticipated”, she stated that the move to online publishing is a chance to engage its members through a platform that is “fast becoming the norm”.