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Heterodox economics and dissemination of research through the internet: the experience of RePEc and NEP

Heterodox economics and dissemination of research through the internet: the experience of RePEc... Purpose – This paper seeks to study how the democratization of the diffusion of research through the internet could have helped non‐traditional fields of research. Design/methodology/approach – The specific case the authors approach is heterodox economics as its pre‐prints are disseminated through NEP, the e‐mail alert service of RePEc. Findings – Comparing heterodox and mainstream papers, the authors find that the heterodox are quite systematically more downloaded, and particularly so when considering downloads per subscriber. Research limitations/implications – The authors conclude that the internet definitely helps heterodox research, also because other researchers get exposed to it. But there is still room for more participation by heterodox researchers. Originality/value – The paper shows how RePEc and NEP try to pursue democracy and help in the dissemination of research. It also shows how heterodox communities can benefit and have benefited from this system, because they need new ways for disseminating research. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png On the Horizon Emerald Publishing

Heterodox economics and dissemination of research through the internet: the experience of RePEc and NEP

On the Horizon , Volume 16 (4): 7 – Sep 26, 2008

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2008 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1074-8121
DOI
10.1108/10748120810912529
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Abstract

Purpose – This paper seeks to study how the democratization of the diffusion of research through the internet could have helped non‐traditional fields of research. Design/methodology/approach – The specific case the authors approach is heterodox economics as its pre‐prints are disseminated through NEP, the e‐mail alert service of RePEc. Findings – Comparing heterodox and mainstream papers, the authors find that the heterodox are quite systematically more downloaded, and particularly so when considering downloads per subscriber. Research limitations/implications – The authors conclude that the internet definitely helps heterodox research, also because other researchers get exposed to it. But there is still room for more participation by heterodox researchers. Originality/value – The paper shows how RePEc and NEP try to pursue democracy and help in the dissemination of research. It also shows how heterodox communities can benefit and have benefited from this system, because they need new ways for disseminating research.

Journal

On the HorizonEmerald Publishing

Published: Sep 26, 2008

Keywords: Economics; Research

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