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Heterodox economics and the future of academic publishing

Heterodox economics and the future of academic publishing Purpose – This paper aims to examine the role that academic publishers have historically played and how this is being undermined by the revolution in information and communications technology. A central issue here is that of copyright. Although authors need to be protected against plagiarists, the main role of publishers' control over copyright is to generate profits for the publisher by limiting access. Design/methodology/approach – The paper explores some open‐access models for academic publishing, the first involving a heterodox economics library portal and the second a more general open peer quality review site. Findings – It identifies a residual role for commercial academic publishers in the new guise of fee‐for‐service providers of refereeing services, whose accreditations may accelerate the uptake of scholarly contributions. Originality/value – The paper examines the role that academic publishers have historically played and how this is being undermined by the revolution in information and communications technology. http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png On the Horizon Emerald Publishing

Heterodox economics and the future of academic publishing

On the Horizon , Volume 16 (4): 9 – Sep 26, 2008

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Publisher
Emerald Publishing
Copyright
Copyright © 2008 Emerald Group Publishing Limited. All rights reserved.
ISSN
1074-8121
DOI
10.1108/10748120810912538
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Abstract

Purpose – This paper aims to examine the role that academic publishers have historically played and how this is being undermined by the revolution in information and communications technology. A central issue here is that of copyright. Although authors need to be protected against plagiarists, the main role of publishers' control over copyright is to generate profits for the publisher by limiting access. Design/methodology/approach – The paper explores some open‐access models for academic publishing, the first involving a heterodox economics library portal and the second a more general open peer quality review site. Findings – It identifies a residual role for commercial academic publishers in the new guise of fee‐for‐service providers of refereeing services, whose accreditations may accelerate the uptake of scholarly contributions. Originality/value – The paper examines the role that academic publishers have historically played and how this is being undermined by the revolution in information and communications technology.

Journal

On the HorizonEmerald Publishing

Published: Sep 26, 2008

Keywords: Archiving; Publishing; Peer review

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