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Want to Change Academic Publishing? Just Say No - Commentary - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Want to Change Academic Publishing? Just Say No - Commentary - The Chronicle of Higher Education | Open Access Publishing and the Academy | Scoop.it
When I became an academic, those inconsistencies made a sort of sense: Academic journals, especially in the social sciences, were published by struggling, nonprofit university presses that could ill afford to pay for content, refereeing, or editing. It was expected that, in the vast consortium that our university system constitutes, our own university would pay our salary, and we would donate our writing and critical-reading skills to the system in return.

 

The system involved a huge exchange of gifted labor that produced little in the way of profit for publishers and a lot in the way of professional solidarity and interdependence for the participants. The fact that academic journals did not compensate the way commercial magazines and newspapers did only made academic publishing seem less vulgar and more valuable.

 

But in recent years the academic journals have largely been taken over by for-profit publishing behemoths such as Elsevier, Taylor & Francis, and Wiley-Blackwell. And quite a profit they make, too: In 2010 Elsevier reported profits of 36 percent on revenues of $3.2-billion. Last year its chief executive, Erik Engstrom, earned $4.6-million.

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Academic publishers make Murdoch look like a socialist

Academic publishers make Murdoch look like a socialist | Open Access Publishing and the Academy | Scoop.it
George Monbiot: Academic publishers charge vast fees to access research paid for by us.

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Publish-or-perish: Peer review and the corruption of science

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David Colquhoun: Pressure on scientists to publish has led to a situation where any paper, however bad, can now be printed in a journal that claims to be peer-reviewed...

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The Higgs will be open access

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George Monbiot is right, but how did particle physics escape?

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Open access repositories are beginning to push academic publishers off their previously unreachable perch.

Open access repositories are beginning to push academic publishers off their previously unreachable perch. | Open Access Publishing and the Academy | Scoop.it

Open access repositories have fuelled a quiet revolution in disseminating knowledge, bypassing the toll gates that publishers have set up. Professor Martin Hall writes that the days of dominant publishing privateers are surely numbered.

 


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Royal Society journal archive made permanently free to access | Royal Society

The Royal Society is a Fellowship of the world's most eminent scientists and is the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence.

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Harvard says it can't afford journal publishers' prices

Harvard says it can't afford journal publishers' prices | Open Access Publishing and the Academy | Scoop.it

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Academic publishers run a guarded knowledge economy

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Ben Goldacre: The business model for scholarly papers forms a barrier to the public, but can such walls remain standing?

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Open science, Freedom of Information and the Big Journal monopoly

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Martin Robbins: Our science should be free, but the Freedom of Information Act is a blunt and unintelligent approach that fails to tackle the journal monopoly...

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The real cost of academic publishing

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Letters: George Monbiot makes some very valid points about the financial exploitation of publicly funded science by academic publishers.

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Open access and academic journals: the publishers respond

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Fees charged by academic publishers to access research journals have caused no small amount of consternation among readers of scholarly research and fuelled the rise of the Open Access movement.As part…...

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DigitalKoans » Blog Archive » Bibliographies about Open Access from Digital Scholarship

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Are Open Access and Traditional Publishers in the Same Business?

There are industries that use the same raw materials, yet are not the same. Commercial firms that deliver purified water to companies consume water, fuel, and vehicles. Yet, not a single one is in ...

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